Do you know the show that is on right now called Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition?
Here is my story about how I was almost casted for the next season: Season 4.
Some of the casting directors contacted ItSuxtoBeFat because they had read the blog and knew it was a weight loss blog and that it is based in the Atlanta area. They were having a casting call in Atlanta for their show, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition, and wondered if my sister would put an announcement about it on her blog. Then, they happened to mention if she had any personal recommendations for people to be on the show, they always love those too.
My sister jumped at this opportunity because she really likes this show. She said she did have someone very special that she wanted to recommend and told them all about her sister-me.
They went back and forth emailing. They wanted to know more about me, they wanted pictures of me, I had to fill out an online application. Apparently they liked everything that I sent them and filled out because we got Front of the line passes, meaning we didn’t have to wait in line at all!!
Back in April was the day of the casting call. The line was out the door and around the building and people were complaining that they had been on their feet in line waiting for a couple of hours. I walked by everyone up to the front lady and she called someone from the show to mark me off the list. He was very thankful that my name was on the VIP list. A lot of people with passes had not been on the list because you could win them off the radio and that kind of thing.
When I saw these people waiting, all I could think was how sad this was. There were some really big people waiting, and I mean, I felt small and almost out of place. A lot of them were just…. big.
I got to go up with the next group after waiting down stairs for just a few minutes and I came to find out later a lot of people started complaining about me after I left because they had been waiting hours and I just walked in and walked up. Once we got upstairs we waited for a long time to go in. I had the chance to fill out the paperwork about myself. We got to meet Rachel Oliver who happened to be there. She was on the very first episode of the very first season. She was super friendly.
While waiting we got to know the people around us. Very few of them were from the Atlanta area. One of the girls had traveled 10 hours just to come to the casting call. Many were from different states, all there for the same reason. To try and get a call back for another interview. That was our goal at this stage in the game.
Once in the interview room there was an angled table with chairs for everyone to sit and it was a group interview. The interviewer was very friendly and just started by asking everyone the same questions and hearing everyone’s answers. A lot of the people in the room (there were 8 of us) had very sad stories and were crying and just sad. I tried a different approach to their sad stories. I decided at that minute to have a very upbeat personality and let my eyes shine as much as possible. I wanted to stand out from the rest.
After about 30 minutes of a question and answer session she had a talk about loving yourself to help you lose weight and that everyone had it in themselves to do this even if they didn’t get a call back because not many people were getting called back in. I left there thinking it would be a long shot to get a call back and I absolutely had no idea what they were looking for. I guess if they were looking for a sad story they would choose others from my group and if they were looking for someone up beat and positive they might call me back in.
My sister and I left to go back to my parents house and were sitting on the couch telling them a little about what happened in the interview when my phone started ringing. It had been less than an hour since my interview and a California number was calling me on my phone.
I WAS FREAKING OUT!!!!
It was one of the casting directors and she said that they loved me and they were wanting me to come back in for an on camera interview. I had made it to the next stage in the casting, an individual, on camera interview. It would be 2 days later. I had to fill out some paper work that they sent me and they fed me questions from my answers to those questions.
I feel like that interview went really well. It lasted around an hour and did some video of me and filmed my weight. She sent me an email that I was moving on to the next and final stage of casting. I just knew I was going to be on the show. I got the email and it was a long list of things that I had to do. They needed a video of “A day in the life of Katherine.” What I may eat or do in a day. They had a long 27 page background check. Another two pages of questions. A letter to Chris Powell. A bio form to fill out about myself. It all took me about a week to get together and get emailed in.
I knew that I did everything that I possibly could do to get on this show. I left it in God’s hands. Multiple times through this process, I prayed and said “God, if this is your will, I know you will make it happen. If I am not suppose to do this show, please don’t allow it to happen”. I prayed this many times during this process. The whole thing was kind of stressful. You don’t want to spend all of the time it takes to do all of this and not get picked for the show.
The last thing they said to me when I left the on camera interview was that they wanted me to go out and over the next couple of months they want me to lose weight. They want to see if I was committed to the process of losing weight. The show might contact me if they have questions. I will hear from them if I make it, if I don’t hear anything, I didn’t make the show.
I just knew I was going to make this show. I had the perfect job for it. My kids were a little older now and it was time to focus on myself and get me healthy. What better way than to have this show to do and have all of this support?
Well, I have not heard one single thing since I turned in all of my stuff the beginning of May. As the weeks went on, my disappointment started growing. As this new season started on t.v. my disappointment grew even more. Then it happened. Last Friday. My sister stuck the knife into my heart and told me that they had a picture of the new cast of season 4 on Facebook and that they had already started filming.
She so did not want to break the news to me. She was hoping that I would have seen it for myself on Facebook. I didn’t. It was all that I could think about all day. What could I have done differently? What could I have said differently? What did these people have that I didn’t? Why not me? And many more questions like that.
Then it hit me, it wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t in God’s plan for my life. I don’t know why and I will probably never know why. But I am still sad about it. Once again, I have been rejected. It doesn’t feel good.
The good thing is that I have my eating plan to fall back on and my family is always here for me. Even when no one else is. I am at the beach this week and having a great time and getting my mind off of this rejection.
The other good news is I lost 2.4 pounds this week and 16.4 pounds are gone forever. I will get over this disappointment. Life will go on and I like the direction that I am headed in right now. I am doing exactly what God wants me to be doing for the time being. I am now going to go and finish the week off with my family at the beach, on my eating plan, still losing weight. I am not going to let this disappointment get to me and gain weight. I am in a better mind set than that.
Next week, I will reveal how my vacation went and let you know what all we did.
How do you handle disappointment? Do you turn to food or something else?