Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Reality of "Reality" TV

Okay folks, so we've now had two episodes of Design Star air and there's so many questions that I get hit with the very next day or even the very moment something is being shown...  There's a lot of craziness that goes on in front of and behind the camera, so here's a couple of things to ponder...

First I got immediately following our first camera challenge a half dozen texts saying, "Why'd they cut you?"  To that I have to say, "I don't know..."  There are 12 finalists, we each did a 30 second challenge, that alone would've been 6 minutes of uniterupted, run on challenge.  That's a lot to take in, a lot of air time, and probably fairly boring after the first 2 minutes.  I don't know why, but I just wasn't shown...

Next popular topic of discussion was about the second episode, The White Box Challenge!  Yay, a good one right?  Well I do have to say first of all that Mark was a deserving winner of that challenge.  I had no idea how my room would be taken, so it was a total gamble on my part to take it to that level, but I'm glad I did.  Everyone has been wondering how I ever came up with the idea, and to be completely honest I don't really remember!  That sounds like a total cop out, but I don't.  I would venture to say that I think it was actually in the van going to the restaurant supply store.  We were all given maps of the store since it was a gigantic warehouse setting and I think I saw the H2O aisle labeled and thought I could fashion something out of the bottles, playing off the fact that structurally they are pretty rigid, but also that they are transparent and the light can pass through...  What never got on air is all the other stuff I purchased.  I did get a hell of a lot of water, but I also stocked up on pizza peels, stainless bowls, metal grilles, and a ton of other stuff.  I even bought food coloring thinking I'd dye the water in the bottles.  But in the end, I edited what I felt I could do in the time given and what I felt would have the strongest impact... Successful though, I think... :)

I think the biggest question everyone has is how "real" is it all?... It's ALL real and ALL surreal at the same time.  We honestly worked our butts off... All the finalists were hustling like I don't think we've ever hustled before.  Our biggest priority amongst all of us was to just make sure that our voices were heard as desigers and we put our best efforts and work forward.  What's not real though is waking up at 4:30am to be camera ready in a van at 6:00am nearly everyday.  Doing my hair and makeup became routine, along with immediately getting a mic put on, but it was still me... I was not a character of myself and I don't think any of my fellow designers were.

In watching the episodes it's strange to see myself on the screen because it's such a strange out of body experience.  I know it's me, I know I lived it, but it's still me watching myself, where I was once living, breathing and doing, I can now experience myself working through these challenges from a new perspective... Make sense?  If it does to you that's awesome, because I'm honestly still trying to figure it all out...  Editing was always the biggest worry that I had about the show, but one of the producers said you'd be surprised at how you really will come across as you.  I see that in watching the shows.  Everyone of the designers is really basically who they were in real life, and I'm liking that, and I'm liking myself... Thankfully...

Let's see what next week's episode does to me though!!!... Hehehe :)

I hope you're all watching and voting for your Fan Favorite!

Love and thanks to all the support and kind words from everyone!

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