So I’ve got good news and bad news. I’ll start with the good news (otherwise, the bad news won’t really make sense).
Here’s the good news: My goal (for a very long time) has been to host a cooking show on PBS. And although I’m still a little in disbelief, I am happy to say that that dream is now in motion. The process wasn’t easy, but it was all worth it. Over the past year or so, we filmed a pilot, drafted a treatment for a 13-episode series, wrote a business and marketing plan, filled out an extensive application, and then just a few weeks ago, submitted all of that to our local PBS station, KLRU. And, after a few very long weeks of waiting, we got word that KLRU has accepted the program! Woo-hoo!
To give you a sneak peek, here are a couple of screen shots from the pilot. In the first picture, Tyson Cole (one of the coolest people I’ve ever met, by the way) is teaching me how to make a dish from the Uchiko menu, and we’re sampling the ingredients in the meantime.
In this one, I’m trying to learn how to toss pizza dough (failing miserably), and watching Phil Korshack, pizza extraordinaire from Home Slice Pizza, as he makes tossing dough look like a cake walk. As you can see from my face, we were having a really great time.
But here’s the bad news. Well, not really “bad” but definitely “daunting.” In order to film a full season of this cooking show, we will need to raise a lot of money. That’s just the way it works on public television — nearly all of the shows that air on PBS are underwritten by corporate or philanthropic donors. Why is this bad news? Because I hate asking people for money.
So here’s my dilemma: While I have this opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream, in order to do that, I have to spend an inordinate amount of time doing one of my least favorite things. Frankly, I’m dreading it.
My one solace in times like these (and yes, I have been here before … the Bar exam and childbirth come to mind), is to try and focus on what my great-grandmother used to say when presented with a challenge: Just take the human steps. What does that mean? To me, it means that we can only do as much as we — as humans — can do. We can pick up the phone and start calling. We can track down contacts and follow-up on leads. We can write emails and leave messages. We can ask, ask, ask, and ask again. The rest, as my great-grandmother would say, is out of our hands.