My Soap Making TV debut might not make the cut and I’m OK with that. Yes, I will be disappointed, but the experience was exciting and I will be better prepared for the day Oprah’s producer calls me. (With the company name Alegna Soap, I’m shooting for Oprah and Harpo Productions)
After a week of emails and then phone calls, the truTV show “Hack My Life” invited me into their studio to shoot a soap making segment. I didn’t know what to expect. Hack My Life didn’t seem like the kind of show that would want an ordinary demonstration. I was right about that. This would be about making soap at home with ingredients you can find in the grocery store and common household items to use as molds. There were Fight Club references along with a reenactment of the pottery wheel scene in “Ghost” which I’m sure will mortify my son.
Trying to balance the seriousness of working with lye and the playfulness of the show was like walking a tightrope. My portable eyewash had to be off camera while I wanted it on the demo table. They wanted me to pour the raw soap into cat food cans and I explained why they had to be lined. We taped 3 hours for a 5 minute segment. I have no idea how the final clip will turn out, or as I said, if it will even make it on air. I was only able to snap a few pictures. But I had my makeup professionally applied (no bags under my eyes!), got to work with Kevin Pereira and I pushed out of my comfort zone to do something that scared me. I’d say it was a successful day, wouldn’t you?
Yours in Gratitude,