Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Nate Berkus Show Experience - Part 1

So you might be asking yourself, "How in the heck did Joi get invited to the Nate Berkus Show?"

The answer is quite simple! I entered some photos of our home via his website and the rest is history as they say.

Let's take a stroll through the whirlwind that was the Nate Berkus Experience. It's wordy but worth it!

Wednesday 10.13.10 - Due to Dave's passing out at the vet the previous week, we were on our way to his doctor's appointment in St. Louis. Minutes before David and his dad left to pick me up from school, Dave received a phonecall from an unavailable number. Had it been me, I would have never answered it. {Lesson learned: answer EVERY phonecall from now on!} The caller said they were from the Nate Berkus Show and that they were looking for Joi. David said he was going to pick me up in 5 minutes and the caller said she would call back in 30 minutes. Thus began the wait...

30 minutes then turned into 5.5 hours and I was convinced that David had pulled the biggest prank on me ever. On our way home at approximately 8:00 p.m. we got THE phonecall. The caller said she was from Nate Berkus {OMG} and asked me a bazillion questions about my living room. She wanted to know where I bought every last thing and how much everything cost. Once she was done, she said goodbye, and offered up no further details. I was in too much shock to ask any questions.

5 minutes later, she called back and asked to see photos of me. I emailed them to her right away. Still, she offered no further information.

Thursday 10.14.10 - The producer called me and confirmed that they wanted me on the show. {Cue me freaking out!!!!}

They were going to send me a flip cam to take a video of our space and I was going to be flown out to NYC on Wednesday the 20th and film the episode on the 21st. I still had NO idea what the show was even about! But I didn't care---I was going on the Nate Show, baby!

Friday 10.15.10 - The producer called me in the late afternoon and finally told me what the show would be about {stay tuned!} and that instead of Wednesday I would now be flying out on Monday and filming on Tuesday. {Cue me freaking out again, in a major way!}

Saturday 10.16.10 - I was given strict instructions to allot time to shoot the video on Sunday and I received the flip cam to do so on this day. At this time, I had no agenda, no flight times, no anything really...it was still a big giant question mark and every new phone call brought new info!

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My afternoon was spent filling out a 3 page questionnaire about any and everything you could think of. It called for DETAILS. DETAILS. DETAILS! So, I gave them what they wanted.

That night Dave and I made a trip to the mall to buy some TV clothes for me. It was fun and we ate at 5 Guys! {not that you really care :P}

When I got home I had more emails to send more pictures of my space ASAP. Consider it done and done!

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Sunday 10.17.10 - Dave's dad, Dave, and I took about two hours to film, upload, and send the video of me in our living room. I had to describe everything in the space in less than one minute!

Once it was done the producer confirmed it was good to go and my work was done!

That evening, still wondering when we were going to leave, we finally received my flight information at 6:30 p.m. Dave and I raced to the computer to reserve tickets for him and luckily, he made it on both of my flights to and from NYC.

And, THAT, my friends, was just the beginning! There's MUCH more to come from this experience! Stay tuned... : )

26 comments:

Sing said...

So cool. Can't wait to hear more.

Carbzilla said...

I LOVE that Nate is giving so many bloggers an amazing opportunity! They are brilliant for mining the blogger community. So many of you are so talented. You deserve the spotlight instead of celebrity designers who have everything at your fingertips!

Can't wait to hear the rest (and, yes, I care that you are at 5 Guys).

Kelly at I Dream of Decor said...

Wow Joi that is amazing! I can't freakin wait to hear what happens next!!!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

You are such a good sport! I wouldn't have done so well with the waiting! I would have freaked out...in a bad way. You rock, Joi. I'm so happy for you!!!

Emily said...

Oh I cannot wait to see this! So thrilled for you!

Desert Domicile said...

Wow Joi, that's so exciting! I can't wait to hear the rest of the story and see your segment on the show :)

Nichole @ Parlour said...

That is sooooo exciting! Can't wait for the rest of the details!

Leslie G said...

OMG Joi, this is all so exciting!! I can't wait to hear the rest!

Samantha said...

So exciting!! Can't wait to read the rest! Especially when the show will air :-)

Mrs. Chic said...

This is so exciting!!! So happy for you -- your living room looks great!!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

What a whirlwind, can't wait to see the show when it airs! Wow, your living room is getting lots of MUCH deserved attention lately!! :)

Michael said...

Ok, Joi, now that you have an inside connection, I wanna get on the show! I've already emailed Nate asking for help with my bedroom...beautiful pieces (Colette) don't necessarily translate to a beautiful space :(

Plus, Nate is just so freaking adorable, I want him to be my new best friend :)

Suzie said...

Can't wait until you post a clip! So many fun and fabulous things happening for you this month!:)

Sharstin said...

seriously?? seriously!!! that is so uber fabulous! i can't wait to her more!! and i can't wait to see the show!!

Sarah said...

That is SO amazingly cool! You deserve to be more recoginzed - can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

Sarah said...

Exciting, fun and crazy. Can't wait to hear for deets and see you on the show.

Jesse said...

I am SO SO excited to hear the rest!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Oh wow...you have been (and still are) walking on air. I am loving all the details. Keep them coming.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Oh my gosh, this is so amazing, Joi. I'm just dying over here of excitement. You had to jump through some major hoops, but it sounds like it was totally worth it. I'm so glad that hubby was able to go along. I just can't wait to see how it went. YOU ARE FAMOUS!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

And, I'm wondering - do you get to keep the Flip cam? I hope so so you can do more videos on the blog. =)

emily said...

Oh wow! How exciting for you! Can't wait to see the show!

Kelly said...

I'm eagerly awaiting the next piece of the story! The TV business sounds like a lot of work...can't wait to watch this episode! Details! I need the details!

niartist said...

I'm so glad to hear that you had just as crazy an experience as I did! LOL! :)

Dobbygirl said...

Awesome!!!

Leah said...

Hi! You're amazing.

The Lucky Duck! said...

Hello!! I was reading your post on the Nate Show and thought you might be able to help me with my story. I sent a letter into Nate explaining I would be downsizing my home. This morning a lady from the Nate Show called my cellphone from an unavaliable number. I answered (almost didn't like you!) and she said she was from Nate Berkus. She said she wanted to know a little more about my story. I told her I would be downsizing from a 3800 sq foot home to a 2000 sq foot home and I was kinda stumbling for words so I think I blew it! She thanked me and said if they have a show that fits my story they would let me know. I want to be on the show so bad but hope I didnt blow it! whats your opinion?

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