Toothless exterminators, horrific brides, adulterers, prankster celebrities, conniving survivors and fat pawnbrokers have their own shows and millions watch them. Reality television has featured the strange, the lonely and lets be honest, people we would never invite past our front door but through the magic of reality television we allow them into our homes and lives each day.
“A true heiress is never mean to anyone – except a girl who steals your boyfriend.” That gem came from the precious Paris Hilton who millions watched for five seasons while she pretended to sleep in a camper and make French fries and said groundbreaking things like, “That’s hot.”
Similar to Paris’s Simple Life, we are seeing that many “reality” television shows are actually real people manipulated into odd or strange situations to increase the drama. Paris Hilton never slept in a camper. She just woke up from her hotel and then left her silky blonde hair unkempt as she pretended to wake up in the digs of the plebian masses akin to her viewing audience.
Business shows featuring Donald Trump use fabricated boardroom scenes pitting contestants against each other like pit bulls fighting for a slab of raw meat. In the end, “reality” is becoming less and less real in order to entertain us, the needy viewers.
Famous rocker Adam Levine said, “There’s obviously a certain balance between pursuing an audience and pursuing what you love to do, but I love what we do. I would never put out a record I didn’t want to listen to.”
I thought for a while I would film business people and show entrepreneurs success stories. Unfortunately I found our team driving long distances to film hours of footage and we were left scratching our heads watching countless hours of unusable scraps.
I have a passion for entrepreneurs, and I will admit I have a special love/hate relationship with network marketing. There is so much right with so many people in network marketing but it is also marred by some of the most ridiculous characters on the planet. Armed with a legal degree and corporate America experience I seem to constantly be drawn back into the human drama that is network marketing. I can’t seem to get enough of it and there are millions across the globe that feel the same.
For the past four years I have wanted to follow a network marketing company and show the good with the bad. The problem with that very watchable reality formula is that network marketers are afraid to show that there is any bad in their business. But, there is bad in every business and network marketing is no exception. In fact network marketing has some of the most watchable characters out there, they have just been afraid to allow anyone to see anything but how wonderful their opportunity is in the fear people will be afraid to join anything that isn’t perfect.
I approached a bunch of companies with the idea of showing how their business is really built but most of them were petrified with the idea of really showing how many eggs are broken making this networking omelet.
While network marketers are afraid to show their imperfections countless people have become interested in buying storage lockers and wading through dirty clothes costing them hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars with the unlikely hope of finding a diamond that was left in a particleboard cabinet.
Network marketing is a beautiful drama that truly is one of the most interesting human experiences I could ever find. The stakes are high in network marketing. Money, relationships, happiness, depression and frustration are just a small part of the winners and losers in this industry.
I am excited to say that one brave company is anxious to allow me into their world. A group of distributors and executives are going to allow me into their lives. As executives they have billions of dollars of sales under their management from previous companies and bravely (or insanely) left to start from scratch. The distributors range from a Navy bomb squad expert to overweight moms looking to wear their skinny jeans again.
While we film these networkers, my creative team and I will continue to do things like jump out of airplanes and try stupid things like getting a healthy colonic. Although I don’t plan on filming another one of my surgeries after getting hit by a car on my motorcycle, I do plan on filming anything we experience along the way and focus on having a good time.
As the blonde philosopher Paris Hilton boldly pronounced, “Life is too short to blend in…[t]he only rule is don’t be boring.” Well said Paris, well said. Network marketing is crazy; I don’t think I would have it any other way.
From the Desk of the Fanatical Entrepreneur,