I had an moment of coolness last week when I was contacted by a casting director – we'll just call her "J"- from High Noon Entertainment, oh, they of such small-screen goodness like Cake Boss, House Hunters, and Food Network's Challenge. They're developing a pilot series in which they will "…tell honest and compelling first-person
stories that will enlighten people to the changing face of parenthood,
to debunk the taboos and myths of alternative routes to parenthood" [specifically surrogacy and adoption]. J seemed intrigued by my surrogate-after-subfertility story and wanted to know if I'd be interested in speaking with her about possibly being cast. We spoke on the phone the next day. J asked insightful and responsive questions. Unfortunately, they would want to follow the entire parallel journey between me an my almost-probably-IPs, and when I asked, my almost-probably-IPs* didn't feel comfortable being that wide open about our almost-probably journey together (which, I completely understand and respect because having America all up in your ladybiz is nothing to take lightly). Following from just my side of things doesn't seem to be of interest to High Noon (bummer, High Noon – do you KNOW how much of The Awesome I am?), but I'm still very interested in trying to help get this pilot off the ground.
I promised J that I would post her blurb in effort to get the word out to a wider audience (and do whatever else I could to help). Who better to ask than our cozy little ALI community? J states:
High Noon Entertainment is teaming up with a major cable network to
produce a documentary series about the real life joy, laughter and
heartache American families and mothers experience from every side of
the adoption and surrogacy process.
If you’re in the middle of your own real-life adoption or surrogacy
story, High Noon would like to hear from you. It is looking for "dynamic
people from all walks of life who have a current, compelling story
focused on the adoption or surrogacy process."
Whether you’re the married couple who’ve tried for years to have a
child and are now looking into alternate options… the professional
single woman who’s decided that she’s waited long enough to be a mother…
the gay couple on a quest to find an open adoption or a surrogate… the
woman who has decided to become a surrogate for a family member or
friend… or the pregnant woman considering an open adoption… we want to
hear YOUR story!
Interested and qualified people are invited to send a one- or two-
paragraph summary and a digital photo of the person or people whose
story is being told to firstname.lastname@example.org
If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please reply. You can also send them an email letting them know how much I'd boost network ratings.
*Yes, I almost-probably have IPs. Are you still burning chicken feathers for me?