An e-mail comes from a friend who has been MIA–moved to Orange County with wife and kids:

“I don’t know what you’re up to these days…” he writes, “but this may be of interest to you.”

Attached are two PDF-format files that I struggle to open as they don’t give any indication of their subject, and my friend may have been crazy to move to OC, but he’s unusually reliable.

I open the attachment that describes, via a press release, the national audition schedule for a new reality TV show with remodeling as the theme. Very up my alley. The schedule indicates that the deadline already has passed for most of the national cities. Los Angeles has special instructions on the network Web site. I go to said site.

Further inquiries to the e-mail address on the press release prompt a call to me from the Actors Studio.

“We want you to make a home video of your remodeling efforts, so we can see how you and your husband react together” an unidentified voice states. For the “show.” “With one of your projects as the backdrop,” the voice adds.

Is this for real? Me, in a video?

I’ve seen the outtakes from “American Idol,” but nevertheless, I become completely intrigued.

“I don’t have the time to make videos,” is my abrupt answer to the voice.

“Well, let us know if you change your mind,” the voice says.

An e-mail message arrives next from the senior casting director for the show: “I’m sorry your inquiries to our show were not responded to in a timely manner, please call our office immediately to discuss your candidacy.”

Are they kidding? Over dinner that night, everyone urges me to throw my hat in the ring.

“What’s the prize?” they all ask.

The promo material on the Web site states that the “winners” get to keep the profit they make from remodeling this project. In Malibu. Two months.

I can’t resist. I’m an addict. I’m calling tomorrow.

Julie Brosterman is a consultant to the real estate technology, mortgage and servicing industries. After she spent 15 years in the title insurance industry, the Internet “spoke” to her and she has never looked back. She lives in Los Angeles and can be contacted at juliebrosterman@hotmail.com

***

Send tips or a letter to the editor to newsroom@inman.com or call (510) 658-9252, ext. 124.

Show Comments Hide Comments

Comments

Sign up for Inman’s Morning Headlines
What you need to know to start your day with all the latest industry developments
Success!
Thank you for subscribing to Morning Headlines.
Back to top
Leaders from across the industry answered our call to come to Inman Connect and share essential advice for leveling up your 2021.SEE THE SPEAKERS×
Up-to-the-minute news and interviews in your inbox, ticket discounts for Inman events and more
1-Step CheckoutPay with a credit card
By continuing, you agree to Inman’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

You will be charged . Your subscription will automatically renew for on . For more details on our payment terms and how to cancel, click here.

Interested in a group subscription?
Finish setting up your subscription