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The Waiting Place – Casting Call Update

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I’m not a good "waiter". I hate waiting. Especially when what I’m waiting for is out of my control. I guess you can call that impatience. :~)

If you haven’t figured it out, this impatience is being caused by the casting call yesterday. I am SO glad I went! It was fun to take the train into the "city". I hopped on the metro, and arrived about an hour early. There weren’t many people there and I was relived I wouldn’t be on an American Idol style line! I really had no idea what to expect.

People started trickling in and I started to realize everyone was just as nervous as I. I also realized most people there were very similar to me. They weren’t trained chefs or best selling cookbook authors, most were every day "folk" who cooked for fun and wanted to take a shot. There were a few professionals, of course but I didn’t feel outnumbered or like I didn’t belong.

I even showed GreenLiteBites to a few of my casting call buddies and they seemed impressed. Of course more impressed by the toddler but hey, he’s got cuteness on his side. :~)

So after waiting about an hour they started to call us in one by one. No one knew what to expect and no one came back after being called to give us an inside scoop. While waiting I had some great conversations and met some awesome people. Even brushing shoulders with internet celebrity with Jolene. We had an awesome conversation about the internet and "she" gave me some great advice.

I also met Amy from She was awesome and gave me a lot of pointers on the cookbook front. Plus she is also a weight loss success story so we had a special bond. :~)

With all these great conversations the time flew by and all of sudden MY name was being called. Boy was I nervous. I handed over my application got a picture snapped and then I was introduced to "the interviewer". Yes, yes, I forgot her name (I’m SO bad at that, ESPECIALLY when I’m nevous) so she will now be known as the interviewer. :~)

The first words out of my mouth were, "ohhh this isn’t too bad, I thought it would be way more intimidating". To which the interviewer replied, "Everyone says that!".

We then proceeded to have a nice conversation. I told her about GreenLiteBites and Roni’s Weigh. I showed her my latest video and a few food photos and then the big question came…


Why do you want to be the Next Food Network Star?

You’d think I’d have my answer ready, right? I was so focused on my "culinary point of view" that for the last 2 days I didn’t even think WHY I wanted to do this. I just did it! LOL

My response was along the lines of inspiring people to eat healthier, showing them that it’s not impossible to cook healthy meals for their families with a busy schedule. I want to share all the ideas swimming in my head because there’s tons of stuff in there and I just want to get it out! LMAO. Again she seemed mildly impressed, interested in what I had to say but not giving me any insight into whether or not I was doing well.

It literally seemed like I was only in there for 2 minutes when another women popped her head in to tell us we were over time. Good sign? Bad sign? I DO NOT know.

I shook the interviewers hand, she told me they would be doing call back that night or Saturday morning and I was on my way.

That was it. Now I’m WAITING! and it SUCKS! :~)

I tried, I had fun and I AM glad I went. I’m just not getting my hopes up especially considering I didn’t get a call last night. I’m going to try and get out of my food Network day dream and get on with this yard sale, which I am completely unprepared for! I gotta RUN!

I will twitter IF I get call. I promise.

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There are 14 comments so far.


    October 4, 2008

    So THAT’S what a reality show casting looks like. I was very curious. I think the interview going overtime was a good sign, but I’m biased. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Check out Innys last blog post..Why did I overeat?


    October 4, 2008

    how FUN Roni! If it’s meant to be, you will get the call ;) Happy yard saling!

    Check out Annettes last blog post..Slow Down and Focus


    October 4, 2008

    wow – this is awesome. i am so excited for you! i hope you get it. what are the possibilities of you and the toddler doing a show together? something like “cooking with kids” and then at the end of the show you serve the meal to a bunch of your toddlers friends (or random kids…). that way you’ll be showing ways not only to cook healthy foods with kids, but that they like to eat the food made too! GOOD LUCK!

    Check out calis last blog post..shifty spider


    October 4, 2008

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if they decided to just give you a show with Ryan right off the bat? lol If you did so well that they wanted to bypass the competition with others? We can only hope! Anyway, it’s so good that you went, no matter if you get that call or not. You met some interesting people and got some tips in the process. :)

    Check out Shannans last blog post..8 Minutes!


    October 4, 2008

    Oh how exciting, Roni! I’ll be pulling for you.

    Check out Devs last blog post..Working Out


    October 4, 2008

    Wow…I’m surprised that they were doing call backs so soon! So cool….it sounds like you did great! And I’m with Inny in that your interview “going over” was a good sign! Good luck!


    October 4, 2008

    I’m so glad that you had fun:)

    Check out Marandas last blog post..Giveaway


    October 4, 2008

    We all have out fingers crossed for you. I know we all want to see you on TV :-)

    Check out christys last blog post..Sinful Saturday


    October 4, 2008

    Wow, we haven’t heard yet from you! I also can’t believe callbacks are so soon. Waiting is the worst! Good Luck!

    Check out LeeAnns last blog post..This is very important to me…

    madison (follow my weigh)

    October 4, 2008

    omygosh!!! its saturday “morning” right now!!! i can’t wait to hear what happened!

    Check out madison (follow my weigh)s last blog post..a nice drop


    October 4, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Thank you for the update. Waiting all day yesterday was hard for me- so I can’t imagine what it must be like for you! I have my fingers crossed for you, and either way I think it is totally awesome that you went to the casting call.

    Check out Zoeys last blog post..Potato Pearls


    October 4, 2008

    Crossing my fingers for you!


    October 4, 2008

    Good luck. You’d be an awesome Food Star!

    Check out lilbets last blog post..Happy Weight Watchers Anniversary To Me


    October 5, 2008

    Good for you for trying out! I’m impressed! Fingers are crossed, too :)

    Check out SeaShores last blog post..Guess what? I am in control. Dang.