I did it all for the
glory, I mean the story.
I received an email out of the blue. It read… HGTV is casting for 2 shows in Chicago, next Sunday, at the Westin hotel on Michigan Avenue. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact with questions.
Hmmm, Bright lights, big city?
Encouraged by friends, family, creative Mom, husband who said- Jess, how could you not?, Mother-in-law loving the tale… Well? I’m in!
Clothes… I need a look. I love a look, but I need a bolder version.
I called my Mom- urgent fashion session. We laughed, sorted through outfits, and found a contender.
I spent DAYS assembling photos, documents, and applications. This process will quickly eliminate those who are halfhearted. The questions were interesting and really made me think.
One of the shows called for teams of 2. I thought of my talented friend Michelle. She wasn’t completely sold, but I continued to work on her, lol. We had such a chuckle- the odd couple goes to Hollywood :)
Sunday came. I woke up at 5am to get started. Spent 2 hours on hair- haven’t done that since high school prom. Wavey & wild.
Husband and little boys with bedhead jumped in the car to drop me off at the train station. “Good luck Mamma!” my 6 year old said.
Peaceful and lovely hour plus train ride. Gets you in the perfect, centered state of mind, that you need to be in.
Michelle called, “I don’t know about this Jess?” “Michelle… come on, you’ve had your work in huge magazines like Marie Claire, etc.” Photography that is. “Okay, I’ll be there at 11.”
Hotel is beautiful and modern.
I think to myself, what the h am I doing? But then rival up like Rocky just gave me a talkin’ to. I anticipate a 5 hour long line, full of amazing personalities with agents and Jess from the farm. Not so…
Very calm waiting room, complete range of people from- just rolled out of bed to highly professional.
Michelle arrives, we strategize, then proceed to the big interview. Well, it wasn’t that big… Maybe 6 minutes? We chat about our 30 year friendship and creative comradery. We leave feeling very neutral. Zero inclination… Figure the line probably ends here :)
Go to a leisurely lunch, laugh about the scene. Say good-bye, jump into a cab. I head back to the train station. My phone lights-up… “New York”.
Part 2 next week, hahaha. Cheers readers!