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Passion & Purpose (Part 3) ~ Surfing Safari May 21, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance.

If Part 1 (Comedy) and Part 2 (Get Real!) convinced you that Talk Shows, Sitcoms, and Reality Shows are not your cup of tea . . . do not despair.

Let’s go surfing, now.  Everybody’s learning how.  Come on a Safari with Me! ~ The Beach Boys

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Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to get on TV ~ if not on one of the major networks, then on Cable:

Game Shows.  If you like competition, game shows are clamoring for the chance to offer you BIG money.  Consider your strengths and choose the show that offers you the best odds:

* If you are smart with a memory bank that rivals that of the Encyclopedia Britannica, or at least Wikipedia, give Jeopardy a go.  Maybe you’ll be the next Ken Jennings.

* If you have a flair for trivia and gambling, what about Who Wants to Be A Millionaire? 

There’s a question that pretty much answers itself!  “Pick me!  Pick me!”

* If you enjoy puzzles, word games, and clapping until your hands fall off, sign up for Wheel of Fortune!  Every contestant goes home with a few dollars, even if they miss one obvious puzzle after another.

Of course, if you miss L O A F   O F  B R * A D by shouting out, “I’ll solve, Pat ~ loaf of broad!,” you do not deserve to go home with any dough!

* What about Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

If you are, there’s a chance to win some real money.    If not, there’s some laughs in it for your friends and family.

Whether you win big or go home empty-handed, you got on TV, enjoyed your 15 minutes of fame, and had some laughs.  So, it’s all good.

The Food Network.  Good cook?  Maybe you’ll be The Next Food Network Star.  If current offerings are not a good fit for you, propose a new show, Grillin’ and Chillin’ with Randy, to demonstrate your prowess at grilling up steak-house quality meat.

The possibilities for new shows, regardless of the genre, are endless.  What does your ideal show look like?

Can’t cook, but willing to try anything?  Get on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and you can test raw snails, still-rattling rattlesnake tails, and mountain oysters for palatability.

Lost your appetite?  Food not your thing? Read on.

Travel Channel.  What about your own Travel Show?  You’ll get paid to travel to exotic locales all around the world, and your show will pick up the tab!  Play your cards right, and you’ll get to test-taste Guinness in an authentic Irish Pub, and savor Scotch at a Scottish distillery, without  getting fired for drinking on the job ~ drinking is your job!

Of course, you’ll have some real competition.  Anthony Bourdain has the gruff, acerbic, sarcastic Travel Host slot tied up tighter than a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving.

Discovery Channel.  If adventure travel is more your thing, put away your American Tourister, and pull out your duffel bag.  You could host a different show every week just by mastering a few survival skills.

Before signing up, weigh the potential reward (a few minutes of fame) against the very real risk  of losing delicate parts of your anatomy to frost-bite, rat-bite, or snake-bite!

You have to ask yourself, “Do you feel lucky, punk?  Well, do you?”

Still surfing?

Consider HGTV which offers guest spots for the average homeowner, househunter, or apartment dweller.

* Have a house?  ~ Designed to Sell.
* No house?  ~ House Hunters.
* Never had a house? ~ Property Virgins.
* Want to live overseas?  ~ House Hunters International.

* Actively looking, but your budget leaves you in the “Real Dives” section of the real estate listings?  Again, HGTV has the show for you, Hidden Potential ~ where the resident architect, like the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, uses virtual reality to knock down walls and re-cover every surface . . . turning “pumpkins” into castles.

Who says life is not a fairy tale?

Not interested in homes?  Check out . . .

Trick my Truck.  If your wheels fall short of being classified as a Babe Magnet, this could be the TV opportunity  for you.

These guys can transform a moth-eaten, rusty, scrap of metal into the flashiest set of fenders this side of the Mississippi.

Finally, what if you have no house, no sense of adventure, no money, and no luck.  In short, what if, like Matt Foley, you are “a 35-year-old . . . thrice divorced . . . motivational speaker . . . who lives in a van down by the river”?

No worries, mate!

Mobile Home Disaster has your name written all over it!

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, this world needs your unique talents, skills and abilities.  You are filled with Hidden Potential.  As the architect of your future, you can tear down walls, and smooth out the rough spots.  

Your show is out there, somewhere.  It is your job to find it. 

Quote:  Your purpose is to discover your purpose and then pursue it with passion.    

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1. Joanne - May 21, 2010

Maybe you wrote on this one already and I missed it, but how about “The Bachelor”…? Yes, I had my 15 minutes of fame and THEN some, when they spoofed me on ET as the “Dead Bird Lady”…

I still laugh about it, though, knowing how some people took me more seriously than I took myself and knowing there were Bachelor fans and Naomi (my daughter) fans who would never know the REAL difference between Reality and SUR-reality if it clobbered them over the head with a TV camera…!

Thanks, Nancy… You blogged on something I will evetually write a song about… This is fun stuff…!

2. nrhatch - May 21, 2010

I remember about Naomi being on the Bachelor, but what’s this about ET and the “Dead Bird Lady” ???

Not sure I ever heard that story. : )
And I missed the ET spoof because, well, I never watch ET.

I missed lots of Reality/Sur-reality shows: Nanny 911, The Bachelor, etc. Just wanted to give a quick peak at the diverse options (infinite opportunities) available to us in life by looking at the world through the other end of the camera.

Even so, the piece got so long that I had to break it in 3 ~ we watch way too much TV, don’t we?

Can’t wait to hear your song.

3. cindy - May 21, 2010

I don’t watch much TV at all, so I am really having an eye-opener with these pieces of yours, seems I don’t know what I’ve been missing. Thanks for the laugh.

4. nrhatch - May 21, 2010

Like you, I don’t watch much TV these days. We watch a few sitcoms (to get some laughs), Food Network (because I love food), Travel Channel (cheaper than flying), and Jeopardy.

I do tune in and check out shows that are “in the news” to see what the appeal is . . . of course, I can’t always figure it out.

Nanny 911 is a hoot! It definitely makes me wonder about the parenting skills in this country. : )

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