Monday, August 18
I didn't know innate passions were so specific.
In her exit interview, she attempts to hold it together, maintaining that she "knows more than ever" that she "has to be cooking on television as [her] profession." While in interviews, Kelsey continues to promote her resume and desire to cook on TV, noting that she is "as comfortable being in front on the camera as [she is] being on [her] couch at home."
That's just wrong.
I think that says a lot about today's reality TV / 24-hour webcam / YouTube generation in which so many people seem to think they are nothing if no one is watching.
No one should be "as comfortable" in front of a camera -- knowing she will be seen by thousands (perhaps millions) of viewers -- as she is while sitting on the couch. It's fine to say you are very comfortable in front of the camera, but to compare that experience to what we all do while sitting at home on the couch -- let food fall out of our mouths, scratch ourselves, fart, etc. -- sounds more naive than it does confident.
I guess I just wonder why someone would say that she HAD to cook to television as her profession. Why? So many of the people I admire on the network had great careers -- sometimes in the culinary world, sometimes not -- before they found their way to TV. I'm not saying this is the correct path, but it just seems more logical. I'm also not saying that people who do reality TV competitions don't deserve long, promising careers in the public eye... but I think there's a reason why sooooo many people who do reality TV are never heard from again -- even the "winners" of everything from America's Next Top Model to American Idol.
If you're truly passionate about cooking and helping people learn how to cook, there are so many other easier ways to go about doing that other than having a cooking show on a cable network. Teach classes, volunteer at a school, whatever. Maybe something you do will get noticed and maybe you'll get a show... or maybe not. But you should be happy either way because you're still doing something you're passionate about.
Just like how Lisa Garza's remarks to this site about "only doing the show to use the attention and possible celeb status to promote [her] purpose for living, to feed the homeless, care for impoverished children..." instantly made her look like a hypocrite, I'd kind of like it if Kelsey just came out and acknowledged one of the real reasons for wanting a TV show -- namely, the desire for fame and fortune. It may not be as acceptable of a reason (that's why they say they're in it to "feed the homeless"), but I'd give her a whole lot more respect.
I still feel for her, though. She has a goal that isn't as widely embraced as, say, becoming a nun. To deny that there's some level of vanity in publicly desiring your own TV show is dishonest. Actors go through this too (they're in it for "the craft" and the "love of entertaining people"), yet it's somehow more acceptable to know they have more than just altruistic reasons when accepting roles that'll bank them upwards of $20 million.
But I've gotten off topic. It's just a Monday afternoon question to ponder. Enjoy the rest of your day!