As many of you know, I’ve spent the past 15 years hosting television shows in Canada. I’ve worked with Candice Olsen and Mike Holmes and a bunch of other people who are just as good, but who you’ve never heard of.
Hosting is what’s paid for my house, my car, all my clothes, landscaping materials, my food and everything else that needs to be paid for as a result of being born a human.
Blogging on the other hand has paid for exactly 3 trips to Dollarama and small bag of Crystallized Ginger at The Bulk Barn. Blogging couldn’t even provide me with the fixings for a roast beef dinner. What it does feed however, is my soul. Look! I’m getting all introspective and mushy. At times crystallized ginger is not unlike magic mushrooms if you get a good batch. Right on, man.
Every once in a while though I get a good television segment that does the same thing. Makes me feel good about the world of television and the programming that can be done. It’s so easy for something to go wrong in television. The host could be great, but the camera operator is crappy. If the cameraman is crappy and the host is forced to do something over and over and over again … the camerawork might finally end up looking good, but the host looks worn out and crappy. If the camerawork and the host are GREAT, there’s still the business of the editor. If the editor doesn’t have a great sense of timing the whole segment (or movie, or television show) is crappy. You see the point here.
Television can go horribly wrong. Really wrong. Embarrassingly wrong. Saved by the Bell: The New Class wrong. I sometimes watch feature length movies and wonder how they ever get made. Even bad ones. The amount of people who have to be perfect at their jobs in order for a movie to be made is mind boggling. And all it takes is one doofus to ruin everything. Every try doing a good job after an entire crew has eaten suspect shrimp for lunch? As the saying goes, You’re only as good as your weakest person or You’re only as strong as your weakest link … Or something like that. I wasn’t really listening.
Today I’m going to share with you a segment that works. There’s nothing mind blowing or revolutionary about it. It’s just good. It’s interesting and fun to watch and other than the fact that I really needed highlights in a bad way, my hair looks O.K. It was shot and directed by Denise Jones for The Steven & Chris Show. It was produced by Kelly Wray. Kelly is both talented and beautiful. Music video beautiful. I kindda hate Kelly in a totally non-hating kind of way.
Many of you weren’t able to see my segments on Steven & Chris when I did them because they only air in Canada and a few portions of The States. I’ve managed to steal a segment from somewhere to put on my site.
I’m pretty sure they won’t sue me for showing you this, but in case they do … you don’t know nothin’. Got it?
Update: Tragically on August 3rd, 2015 Chris Hyndman was found dead outside of the condo he shared with husband Steven.
Cheap Design Solutions
Steven & Chris Show with Karen Bertelsen
Karen from the Art of Doing Stuff does a segment for The Steven & Chris Show.
This was the first of a 2 part segment for Steven & Chris. In the second part I’m in studio with them, showing them how to make my personal fire pit. I do not have that segment for you. Perhaps now that The Amazing Race is over I’ll have time to improve my thieving skills and will be able to steal that segment for you as well.
This segment featured a lot of the things I’ve done around the house for cheap that I’ve already shared on the blog. In case you missed them and you want further instructions on how to do it all here are the individual posts on …
The Glowing Orbs (outdoor version)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some crystallized ginger to finish. I’m losing my buzz.