Ever since I could talk I knew I wanted to be a Talk Show Host. I watched the likes of Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones before I even knew how to do long division. I told myself that there was nothing else I’d rather do, and nothing else I’d ever settle for. Now I’m 25, sitting on my couch, pondering how time went by so fast. Am I on TV yet? No. Do I still spend every waking moment trying to make it happen? Hell yes. Am I confident that it will happen? With enough hard work, absolutely.
I moved from San Francisco to LA two years ago and I decided there was no point in waiting for someone else to make my dreams happen for me. I knew that if I wasn’t going to figure out a way to make it happen, it never would, so I got off my butt and did something about it. I created my own show called WildFire TV.
I gathered together a production team of talented folks who knew how to operate a camera, handle microphones, and all the other fun tech stuff needed for the behind-the-scenes portion of the shoot. I invested my hard earned money into buying a ton of equipment and BOOM!– I got myself a professional crew.
Whether I was tweeting celebrities or networking in person, I was constantly asking well-known people to be on my show. I wanted to interview everyone who was worth knowing. And it worked! From TV shows like Glee to hip hop groups that Tupac was in like Digital Underground, I had a myriad of interesting people joining me for a show that I had just established. I barely had 10 views on my YouTube channel when I started and they still agreed to be on it. These people took time out of their busy schedules to help out a girl trying to pursue her dreams. Without good people like that in the world, no one would ever get a chance to shine.
I may still not have as many views as Justin Bieber’s music videos or cute cat montages… but I know with enough persistence and the love of making art happen, the sky is the limit. Pursuing your dreams may sound cliché by now, but it’s the only way for us artists to be happy. I can’t imagine being stuck in a cubicle all day long without at least having the escape of filming my show from time to time. Just remember… you can still chase your dreams, even in the so-called “land of empty promises”.