Well, another one of my ideas has hit the Reality TV airwaves.
"The Great Big American Auction" is debuting Dec 8th on ABC.
But, Ty Pennington gets the credit, fame, etc....not me. Par for the course.
Funny how many of the ideas I have had end up hitting "the big time."
The whole premise of having cameras follow me around picking, seeing the people, the situations, places, etc that I saw and dealt with, was the idea I was positive was a Reality TV, no-brainer, mega-hit. I mentioned it to a number of movie/media types...well over 12 years ago....long before Mike even started filming himself, and later pitching "his" show idea.
No, no, no, of course he didn't steal the idea from me, he just happened to have the same idea, and he was blessed with good timing & ability to get it to the right people.
He also had the trait that other skilled pickers have...tenacity. Sometimes timing helps, and a bit of luck never hurts!
I highly doubt he and I were the only ones with that idea, either.
I have tenacity...LOTS of it....wouldn't still be in this business if I didn't. But good luck is something that doesn't always come easy. A few friends took to calling me "Black Cloud Barry"...things that I had zero control over seemed to smack me around. It was like I committed some horrific acts in a prior life, and it was payback time as far as the universe was concerned.
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" as the saying goes.
I have found that to be quite true. Once a wound heals, you tend to be tougher the next time around.
You have to wear that scar as a badge of accomplishment.
So, every time I see one of "my ideas" hit the big time or find out I missed some great stuff, I shrug and go on.
Well, ok, so I grumble, curse a bit, THEN I shrug and go on.
Shit happens and life goes on....that is my motto. It applies to much of the way life tends to happen.
Oh well, I have LOTS of ideas, and considering how many of those very same ideas hit "the big time" perhaps one or more of my other ideas are just as good...or better. Hopefully, just by considering the odds thus far, I will be at the right place at the right time, and will finally know the right people to make that one great idea reality.