Monday was my interview/audition that I told y'all about here.
The interview took place at my house. Prior to the Field Producers arrival my daughter (who was home sick from school) was very anxious for me. She was surprised that I was so calm. I assured her it was only on the outside. The Field Producer, Tom, arrived at 3 and explained the entire interview process.
We began with a mock Home Staging consultation. A friend came over, Kelly McColgan an agent with Shorewood, and pretended to be the Agent selling the house. We went through rooms in my house and I gave my professional assessment of how to Stage them as if my house were on the market. The only way to do this was to look at my house objectively but since I'm really not selling, it took a minute to get in the right mindset. This is an extremely vital step in Staging and this is where a Professional Home Stager is a valuable asset to give an objective opinion. Anyway, the purpose of this was to "see me in Staging action". This was the easy part, I had the work to focus on and I was interacting w/Kelly. We did a couple of takes and it all took about 40 minutes.
The second half of the interview was just that, a sit down interview on camera. He filmed me as I answered basic Staging questions such as, "How did I get into Home Staging?" (A. I decided to pursue my dream of a design career instead of moving to Houston for my former Oil Scheduling job. Now instead of oil cargoes, I schedule movers, gardeners, handymen). He asked several (18 to be exact) general questions such as, "What is the most important part of Home Staging?", "Do you have any Home Staging tips?", "What stresses you most about Home Staging?", etc.. This took about an hour. It was nerve-wracking. I tried to look carefree and smile a lot but I could feel myself trembling the entire time. When I finished answering each question, he would just stare at me waiting for me to say more- I would just smile and wait for the next question because this is where I would really have a tendency to ramble on. In the end he said I did great, but I'm sure he says that to all the Stagers.
Next, the footage will be edited down into a 3 minute tape and viewed by the casting group. He said they had several other interviews set up this week and he didn't know how long before I would hear anything. I wrote to the Casting Producer yesterday and she said it would take a couple of weeks to view all the tapes, send their picks to the network and get final casting decisions. Once the show is cast, it will be several months before actual taping of the show.
So now I just wait patiently. I was thinking, the only thing scarier than this interview would be getting the job and being on National TV!