Yes, it's true, ABC television wants me for its reality television show! Imagine my surprise when I simply went to check my e-mail and happened upon this little gem:
I am a casting producer for ABC Television's Wife Swap and i came across your website while doing research for our show. I have a very strong interest in speaking to you about your family and potentially doing our show. We DO pay families for their time!!! Please give me a call for more details. Thanks so much and i look forward to hearing from you!
Associate Casting Producer
She included her phone number and e-mail, too. I have to admit, I was filled with pride immediately! Wife Swap wants me! I am going to be a star! Will I get my own trailer? My own hair and make-up person? Shoes!! Think of all the shoes I could buy! Somebody get me the phone! I was heady with excitement for about one minute.
But, there's always the "but", then I remembered what the show was all about. They take two families, polar opposite families, and mix them up. Suddenly the writing was on the wall! They chose me because I would be the "normal mom" thrown into a crazy situation. The thought of that made me queasy!
I can honestly say, I never had the desire to participate in their show, even after I was told that I would be compensated to the tune of ten thousand dollars. I have seen Wife Swap and I think I would suffer eternal disappointment if I did anything to disparage my family or the homeschool community. Some things are just not worth money or my dignity!
I was also bothered by a lie that they promote. The casting director told me that the shoot is only six days, not two weeks as the show leads you to believe. That really said it all! If they can mislead the public into thinking that the show lasts for two weeks, they can mislead the public into thinking my family is whatever they portray us as being. No, thank-you.
So, no trailer or make-up person. Worst of all, (sniff,sniff) no shoes.
Here's what Kevin said, "Make it fifty thousand and they've got themselves a deal!" Well! At least one of us has some scruples! he-he!!
July 29, 2005