I never would've thought the day would come when I'd be on a reality TV show... I've heard so many horror stories about how terrible it is to work on these shows because the producers try to get you to say and do what they want so they can create the most dramatic story for TV, or that none of it is actually real it's all just set up and rigged... well, I'm not going to say that all isn't true, but I will say that overall, I was grateful for the experience.
Originally, I decided to apply for the show with the hopes that I'd meet amazing entrepreneurial mentors who'd teach me and guide me into making more sound business decisions for my passion project, Tag. I understood that this was a show about investors looking to invest in products, but I saw it as a learning experience where I really had nothing to lose. If I did get money, I could use that to provide more work and jobs to other remarkably talented homeless people like Yuka (the lady who handmade every single Tag bracelet), and expand the product line and make more bracelets, but with or without the money I just wanted to know how to reach as many people as possible and make the biggest impact I could and these mentors would be able to help.
The process for the show didn't go exactly as I had hoped. I didn't really get to spend much time with the mentors once they decided this wasn't the type of product that needed an investment, so though I didn't get the extent of mentorship I was looking for, they did each leave me with one sentence of advice... which I guess is better than nothing... but the most interesting one came from Randi Zuckerberg, Facebook Mark Zuckerberg's sister, who said that I should turn it into a charity.
And though that wasn't NEW news to me... (that's how the project started anyways, it was a philanthropic efforts to GIVE, with no intention of GETTING)... But her comment helped me realize that my energy wasn't in the right place. This project was never about MAKING MONEY... and that's all I had been concerning myself with... but in reality, I didn't even need any money... I already had a whole bunch of bracelets... so all money would be good for is to help reach a larger audience and allow me the ability to financially sustain the project for a longer amount of time.
Though I'm still trying to figure out how to make this movement sustainable so that we can continue to "GIVE to those that GIVE," I'm super grateful to have been on the show to meet such successful entrepreneurs, and to have reminded myself of my mission and vision for the project. It prompted a huge rebranding of Tag so that the focus was back on it's original intention... TO GIVE, to connect awesome people who want to make a positive impact, and to spread love and kindness around the world.
That's why there's no more "buying bracelets"... We are focused on bringing together great people who give back to the community. Tag. is just here to recognize those people who want to make a positive impact, connect them to other #worldchangers, and inspire others to join the movement to make the world a better place. One simple act can go a long way, and the more and more small acts of kindness we can start, the more positivity and happiness we will create.
Tomorrow night is the show... I have no idea what it's going to turn out to be like... all I can tell you is I LOVE MY JOB... (which makes no sense since they decided to title the show "Quit Your Day Job)... acting has giving me the freedom, the social reach, and the financial ability to start this project and I believe that people can do more than one thing at a time... If my goal in life is to bring happiness and positivity into people's lives and inspire them to change the world for the better, I think ACTING is one of the best outlets for doing that... and I can do that IN TANDEM with my Tag project. They decided that title for the show after we had already signed contracts to be apart of the project... so don't get it twisted. I'm super grateful for my acting career and I'm also grateful for that interesting reality show experience.