This blog has given me a lot of unexpected benefits.
Free trips. Fame for Buddy the Dog. A cool nickname for the Evil Spawn.
The occasional free t-shirt (maybe the greatest benefit of all).
But this week may have been the oddest experience of all and I have this mediocre blog to thank for it (or blame).
My school interviewed for a TV show.
Yes, a TV reality show.
This goes against everything I hold sacred and pure.
I am the last remaining person in America who does not want to be on television.
I’ve never understood why people feel the need to be on tv. I find the need for fame a little disturbing.
People (especially young adults) seem willing to do anything and everything to get themselves on television.
I don’t get it, but realize I’m probably in the minority.
But as luck (good and bad) would have it, people seem to stumble upon me when they Google for educators.
A production company did just that a couple of weeks ago.
They contacted me and asked if we would be interested to going through some pre-interviews with the possibility of being on a reality show about high schools.
My first thought… of course not. What type of idiot wants to be on tv?
But then I thought, what the heck. Maybe this is my entry into movies.
Or maybe even better. Maybe, just maybe, my dream of remaking Three’s Company will actually happen (if you are under 40… click the link).
So several members of our staff were interviewed by producers.
And it was odd.
There is no chance they will be making a tv show about us.
I think we are way too normal. And we are far from normal.
But "reality" tv is exactly what I expected. I don’t think it is "real" at all.
I think they want people who they can mold in to characters.
They are looking for big personalities that can be encouraged to be even bigger on tv.
I’m okay with that. I’m just not that. And my school isn’t that.
I still think there is a tv show about schools that needs to be made.
But it’s not about fights. Or gangs. Or wacky teachers.
It’s about good students. And committed teachers. And all the good things that happen in schools every day in small towns all across this country.
It would be about kids and families who are doing the right thing in a world that gets more complicated by the day.
I would watch this. But once again, I realize I’m in the minority.
One benefit to not getting a TV Pilot… I now consider myself an out of work actor. So if you need me, I will be waiting tables at Applebees’s.