Cooking Show - In the Making

Cooking Show – In the Making

In a previous post, I wrote about how KLRU, the PBS station here in Austin, has accepted my cooking show proposal … with the “minor” caveat that I have to secure underwriters for the show. Although I am a little daunted by that task, this past Thursday morning (while Jack was at school) seemed like an opportune time to start making phone calls.  So I did, and somewhat surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad!  If you care to follow along (and I hope you will!), you can watch a short video here:

After having some time to reflect on it all, you know what comes to mind?  That bar scene in Good Will Hunting.  The one where Will (Matt Damon) is having words with Clark, the Harvard grad student (the one with the cheesy pony tail).  Towards the end, they have this exchange:

Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ and you’re gonna come up with the fact that you dropped 150 grand on an education that you could’ve got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!

Clark: Yeah, but I will have a degree, and you’ll be serving my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a ski trip.

Will (with a smile): Yeah, that may be.  But at least I won’t be unoriginal.

In my case, although I hate to be pessimistic, there is a decent chance that I won’t raise enough money to fund the show.  But I’m okay with that.  Because regardless of what happens, I think I will be able to look back on this time and know that “at least I wasn’t unoriginal.”  To me, that counts for something in this thing called life.

P.S. – Special thanks to Tyler and Christie, Tom and Cory, Philip and Beth, Tita and Big John, Mimi and Papa, my brother Chris, and also Camille, Elissa, Kari, Gina, Roka, Sarah, Shannon, Jason, Gigi, Tyson, Susanne, Tonya, Abby, Jen, Michelle, Dan, Jim, Matt, and Mr. Coan, and especially my sweet husband John for being so supportive of my cooking, blogging, and this endeavor.

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15 Responses to Cooking Show – In the Making

  1. Roselind Hejl October 8, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Love the video! Keep us posted, and good luck!

  2. amy October 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    you rock and are hilarious!!! Good Luck Marie…hope to see you soon.

    • Marie H. Saba October 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

      Amy! Thank you for reading and commenting!! Miss you! We’ll set something up soon. Been too long.

  3. Michael R Niksic October 9, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    This is how I have approached the same issue in different situations:
    Ask this questions of yourself first. If you were a potential sponsor why would you sponsor this show? How would my product be promoted? Can it be used, and how often during the actual show without being in a header or commercial space. Can it be displayed in the background, forefront, clothing/logo, signage or other visual means? If you can provide viable answers to these questions your chances of latching onto a sponsor will improve significantly.
    Secondary tier: What else can you do for me? Internet support and connections, hits, browsing time on site, website connections, media PR outside this source(off site demos, etc). Product endorsement, recipe support of product, product endorsement appearances, etc may need to be tossed in to sweeten a deal so be prepared for that as not only a tool but an extra responsibility. You will if not already done need at least 6-8 segments ready to go before the film rolls just for presentation purposes while approaching sponsors. Present with POWERPOINT or don’t bother at all. Fast, clean, concise, easy to upload and edit. Use is widespread and the best/most economically doable by far.

  4. Michael R Niksic October 9, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Almost forgot. :Who’s watching, how many of them are there and what are the demographics and that is HUGE for sponsors. Will this show run against……make sure its not the NFL, or any other huge viewing audience. Will it be pod cast/you tubed?

    • Marie H. Saba October 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm #

      Again, thank you! I will figure out answers to all of these questions. Many thanks … and please send more advice if you think of it :)

  5. Jay October 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Hi Marie. Keep at it! Eventually you will find someone who believes in your dream as much as you do. I love brave people like you. I’ve just launched my recipe site – – after 2 years of hard work getting it ready. Who knows, I may be doing what you are doing in a couple of years! Good luck xo

    • Marie H. Saba October 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks Jay! Love your website! Congrats on rolling out such a great piece of work. I will visit often :)

  6. Shannon October 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi marie – love the video. So proud of you. Keep up the good work. Hope to talk soon.

  7. jennie October 14, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Very cute!I wish you all the success.. were there is a will there is a way!!!

  8. Capital Cooking November 2, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Marie, I’m in the same boat in DC. My show is on PBS’ WETA channel in DC and we are always trying to raise funds as well… the never-ending task to be able to pursue your passion. BTW, I wanted to thank you because you are the one who inspired me to start my show. I read about you in the young lawyers magazine and bought your cookbook when it first came out and have been in awe of your journey ever since. I’m a lawyer by day as well and my show and blogging keeps me going. Hope you have a great day and know that you are an inspiration to many. Thanks, Lauren

    • Marie H. Saba November 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

      Lauren!! So great to hear from you! It has been too long! I am so happy to hear that your show is on PBS (huge!!) — congratulations on an truly amazing accomplishment. And, wow, so flattered and honored to have served as a source of inspiration for you. Your progress with PBS is now an inspiration for me!


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