6 Degrees of Separationby Summer Selby-Drew on 11/03/12
You've heard that, right? That there are only 6 degrees of separation between ourselves and someone we don't know. Well, I think that number needs to be multiplied by 3 in my life. Chile, please!
Someone says to me every week: "Grown Folk is so good! You should take it to Oprah." I think that's a GREAT idea! Oprah's audience has grown up right along with her for 25 years. Now many of her devotees are in their 50s, and Oprah has ceased giving them their daily dose. They're part of that 78 million baby boomer group, looking at age 60...perfect audience for my show! I should reach out to Oprah, I said to myself. So I set about networking to get to her - calling her studio gets you shut down really quick. So I combed through my email contacts, perused my LinkedIn contacts, had close friends check their LinkedIn contacts, made multiple postings on Twitter, shared my wishes on Facebook and placed calls to the VP of Programming at Discovery Channel (of which OWN is a network family member) until I finally got to speak with him. So far...no Oprah connection.
I'm on a first name basis with master actor Giancarlo Esposito, having worked with him on not one, but 2 films. Giancarlo has a production company as well. I guess I'm just not fixing my mouth right when I pitch Grown Folk, the new TV talk show for senior women, because Giancarlo stopped responding after my 2nd contact.
Like I said...its more like 18 degrees of separation in my life - nooooo-body I know seems to have even a DIS-tant hook-up with ANY-body! We're just regular people.
But...there are leads galore, still. I will try to get to Barbara Walters, Betty White, Magic Johnson (has a new TV network), TV One, Jay Leno (maybe he'll make fun of Grown Folk - any press is good press), Tara Banks, hey, my list is endless. SOME-body out there knows SOME-body who will see the value in the Grown Folk concept.
Besides worrying about my lack of exercise, taking care of my husband and our home, staying out of my grown son's lives and fulfilling my volunteering obligations, what else do I have to do, right?