It has been hard–I’m telling you–to keep quiet about this big announcement for weeks now! But finally I can tell you what I’ve been on about.
A television crew from the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric just left my house after about 2 1/2 hours of shooting and interviewing me in my studio! That’s the juice. But the details are worth telling!
Back in the beginning of February I was contacted by a producer from CBS after she read my Quit Your Day Job article on Etsy. The angle of her story was going to be about leaving the corporate grind to start a creative business, and what role Etsy has played in helping make that possible. I didn’t breathe a word on my blog because you know how unpredictable TV can be–if it fell through I didn’t want to have to retract all my shameless yammerings.
Now, I am free to yammer shamelessly from the rooftops, however! The crew was here, the segment was taped and it’s all quite official now! You might recognize the reporter, Richard Schlesinger from the 48-hours Mystery shows. Yeah, when he’s not reporting on grisly murders, he’s profiling young entrepreneurs specializing in handmade paper goods!
You have to know–I am really, really self-conscious about the sound of my own voice on tape. I can’t even play back voicemails or answering machine messages without cringing. So I was really nervous about being an awkward tool. Make no mistake–there were one or two embarrassing gaffes, but I’m going to rely on sensible editors to keep me from looking and sounding like the dweeb that I felt like!
They filmed me working on design at my computer, cutting paper, assembling invitations and opening UPS shipments. They even got Darryl and Cooper on camera–after all, those guys behind the scenes are what really makes this little operation tick!
Oh, it was fun! What a thrill to see a big truck pull up full of camera equipment–right here in little Danbury, CT! Who knew Mew would make its prime-time television debut after being in business scarcely one year?
Onto that debut bit–I still have no exact air dates and times. The team is going to head down to the Etsy Labs to interview Rob Kalin as well, so it could be a little while. But stay tuned here for updates–I’ll be looking for someone to Tivo it for me!