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Monday, November 8, 2010

I am happy to report that we are finished with our home renovation pilot.  Going against proper tv world etiquette, I am going to show you the entire 10 min pilot.  It's called "Bottom Line Design", and it's the brainchild of my co-host in the show, Carolina Fernandez.

Whether it gets picked up or not is any one's call.  While we are very proud of it, there is still a slim chance of getting the green light.  So while THIS show is under review, I am forging on and shooting other ideas!  I am so excited to start shooting a series of 6 minute mini episodes of "Kelsey On The House".
See my website  Again, you will be along for the ride every step of the way.
Our first shoot, is going to be with the Editor In Chief of Gotham/Hamptons magazine (and fashion guru seen all over tv) Samantha Yanks.  I am going to have her show me the latest fashion trends all around NYC, then I will build something inspired by, or using materials from, that fashion item.
Episode two will be with a celebrity, episode four will have a different theme, and so-on.  More details on that project as they develop...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I Am Not an Actor, But I Play One On TV

I am not an actor, I am a carpenter.  For some in the television home renovation world the opposite holds true; actors with 'some' carpentry experience playing carpenters on television.  Drives me nuts.
Lately, networks, agents, PR folks and others have been asking for my "bio and headshot" which I should (but don't) have.  So, since I am a carpenter, I decided to do what I do best; build one.  I actually built 5 of them, using mostly leftover mahogany and 1/4" plywood.
I wanted it to look like an antique relic of some sort...with stickers like you'd see on an old steamer trunk.
Here is the result:

.."old" stickers...

I bought the cheapest 3-ring
binders I could find,  dis-assembled
them, then installed the ring mechanism
on a piece of solid mahogany..

..more stickers....

I created a bio with lots of project photos and had 5 sets printed, laminated and hole punched...

Here is what I started mahogany and 1/4" luan plywood.  After some 'aging' with stain, paint, nicks and dings, my new wood became old..

Hopefully this gives you some inspiration to create a resume or bio that represents who you are, and what you are good at!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Show Preview

Well kids,  we are in the home stretch.  I finally have a little something to show you...this is a :60 "promo" for a home renovation show we finished, and soon will be partnering and pitching.
The show is called 'Bottom Line Design", and it combines the worlds of finance and home renovation.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Grouting and Editing

Today I am grouting, and grouting, and grouting.  Grouting is great, because it declares the near end to your tile project.  Later this week the shower glass enclosure will be installed, and the shower stall will be just about complete, and I will be sharing the link to the project details at soon.
In the meantime, our show pilot is trudging along, we are in the final stages of editing and will soon be done.  THAT is the easy part.  Getting it actually sold to a network is where the real work begins.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

"Real Estate Renovations That Work"

Here is a fantastically written article.  It is laid out so nicely...check it out.  Ok, yes I admit it, there are some quotes from me in it, but my few words of wisdom are NOT what makes this article great, writer Julie Knapp knows her stuff.  Check it out!
"Real Estate Renovations That Work"

Latest AOL Article...

Check out my latest AOL made the AOL homepage last week!
"Dad Inspired Me to DIY"

My Balls In the Air...

In the business of making a home renovation show, or any show for that matter, there are many. many failures before you hit it.  This is why you need to have a lot of balls in the air, multiple projects going on, continue building your contact list...calls, emails, thinking outside the box, everything to give yourself the best shot.  That is my philosophy, and it seems to be working!  The folks at AOL just told me they were interested in me creating 10, three minute home renovation videos for them. 
I met with Paige Rien, designer from the popular HGTV show "Hidden Potential".  It turns out we have a lot in common, and have come with some VERY cool ideas for shows.  Between our creativity and contacts, stay tuned for some good stuff.
Meanwhile, Tuesday is the last day of shooting for the pilot of another show that I am SO psyched about.  I really feel this has some staying power.  Super smart Carolina Fernandez rocks the camera, and the end result of the bathroom renovation  is amazing!  I will post some production still pics soon.  After we're done with the final edit, and it's cleared with the rest of the team I will post it here.
Anyway, the point is I am trying to make is, multi-tasking is paramount, in the making of a home renovation show.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Good Stuff....

Another day of shooting...the pilot is really coming together and I am super excited to shoot the last segment of the finished bathroom renovation next week.  A lot of great people involved including co-hostess extraordinaire Carolina Fernandez, videographer/director and so much more Matt Abourezk of, and super publicist Donnetta "Go Getta" Campbell of CPublicity.
Productions stills coming soon....
In other news...
I am meeting with the uber cool Paige Rien of HGTV's "Hidden Potential" ( in the next week or so to discuss possibly working together, how fantastic would that be?  She is a real pro, and has a great presence on camera.
More details, as they become the making of a home renovation show!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Irons In the Fire

Though it's be going a bit longer than we thought, the final shoots for our home renovation pilot are almost here.  Some final editing, and it will be done!
At the same time, I will be shooting a pilot/sizzle with designer Courtney Cachet this weekend for a completely different project/show idea.  Lots of irons in the fire, but in this business the failure rate is way higher than the success rate, so the odds are against me.  This is why you have to keep at it, more projects, connections, face-time etc.  Keep going, keep going!  All steps, in the making of a home renovation show...
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