This article and my next two articles are the continuation of the story that was introduced with the video for MarketingMadeSimple.tv that appeared on Thursday, June 28th.
INTRODUCTION TO A LONG FORGOTTEN DREAM
Over 40 years ago, one of my dreams was to become a television interview show host. Not that I liked him but since his was the only show around at the time, I imagined it would be like the show Johnny Carson had. If I look back now, a better choice would have been Dick Cavett. In addition, I find Charlie Rose’s guest fascinating but he tends to interrupt them too much. Bill Maher is vulgar, in my opinion. But then there is Bill Moyers. He is historically the best one of all, guests included, if I had to choose to be part of a show like someone else’s.
That dream went the way of many others that had faded over the years. I forgot because I had accepted the unlikely probability that ‘I’ could ever have a television show. I had also let go of my dream to become a fly fisher-woman. When that became a reality the last two summers in a row, I should have suspected that something was happening to my once forgotten dreams for my life.
About a year or so ago, I became a blog author for this publications. Shortly before that, I had been writing press releases for the clients of a colleague of mine. I really enjoyed this because I got to know my subjects through personal interviews. I found that I also enjoyed writing from my research.
In another recent development, as The New York Graphic Design Examiner.com, I wrote an entire series of articles on one topic, the Charrette Corporation. It was based completely upon primary source interviews. That was quite fortunate as the company had been sold, the staff was disbanded and the founders, Lionel Spiro and Blair Brown, are no longer young men. A substantial number of former employees were located thanks to an initial contact on LinkedIn, Stephen Dill. In fact, there is a Charrette Alumni Group on LinkedIn and I am the only non-former employee of it. I was admitted as an honorary member because of my Charrette memoir. For this honor, I have founders Jack Skidmore and Mark Levitan to thank.
THE MEDIA MAVEN
Writing the Charrette Chronicles crystalized in my mind how much I love researching a topic, conducting interviews and putting the pieces together to make something greater than all its individual parts, a story. An author was born out of all these efforts and my media maven spirit was awakening. So when the next media opportunity arose, as a member of our multi-author blog, I jumped at the chance. It was to assist another blogger, Jeff Ogden with his creation of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show, Marketing Made Simple TV. This was a clear sign that another, more distant dream seemed to be reawakening inside me.
The show was to begin in the beginning of May 2012. There was a tremendous amount of preparation for it. The show’s creator, Jeff Ogden, would be the host and interviewer. He invited numerous guests, created a preliminary schedule, built a blog site where each video would be post as it aired and there would be a blog post about the guest to accompany it. The site would include additional posts related to the show, About the Show, Becoming a Sponsor and things of that nature.
ON THE SET
The previous ‘gig’ that Jeff had hosted, ‘Mad Marketing TV’, has some rather unpleasant music and dizzying graphics as its introduction. He decided that had to go on his show. So before I realized what had happened, I was invited to be the ‘real live person’ (as Jeff initially described the change in format) to introduce and close the show. Off I went, with optional outfits and hats in hand, for my green-screen taping. There’s lots more to come. The continuation of this story will appear here next week.
Stay tuned to the story of the evolution of a ‘Television on the Internet’ show. In the meantime, you can catch the initial airing of each week’s episode on Thursdays at noon, EDT/NY. After airing, each episode is available for viewing 24/7 on MarketingMadeSimple.tv as posts are on any other blog formatted publication.
Television on the Internet
About Alison Gilbert
Through decades as an entrepreneur, I developed ventures in over a half a dozen industries including HEALTH FOOD | GRAPHIC DESIGN | BUSINESS PROMOTION | HOLISTIC HEALTH | DECORATIVE PAINTING | SOCIAL MEDIA | PUBLIC SPEAKING | WRITING. Eventually under the umbrella of ALISON*S ART, INC, they evolved into the dba MARKETING BYTES, a hybrid company specializing marketing small business using social media marketing and traditional graphic design services. Currently retired, I am focusing on teaching social media marketing graphic design and visual journalism. I can be messaged through www.facebook.com/alisondgilbert and tweeted @MktngBytesMaven and @AlisonsArt.