It was just last week that I was on the Dragons’ Den Facebook Page reading comments from other entrepreneurs who had already “got the call”. It had been 3-1/2 weeks since my audition, but I had heard nothing. The producers had just finished the forty-city, Canada-wide audition tour the previous Saturday so I kept telling myself that they wouldn’t be calling until they got back to their offices and started short-listing. That’s what I kept telling myself. I also told myself that if I hadn’t heard from CBC within the two weeks “post audition tour”, that I wasn’t going to. I was preparing myself for the disappointment, not to be negative or anything, just trying not to have any expectations.
And then literally FIVE minutes before heading into a meeting on Wednesday morning, my business line rang downstairs in my office. I high-tailed it down there, although not exactly sure why as it wasn’t yet 9:30 and that is generally when I start my day. I also don’t usually answer calls that say “blocked” on my call display, but I answered this call. And it wasn’t like I was even THINKING about it being Dragons’ Den. Come to think of it, since my audition, I haven’t been rushing to the phone every time it rings hoping the call display reads “CBC”. Honestly, we’ve been so busy with the new product launch, that I keep forgetting about the whole scenario (until someone asks me about it of course). But there she was on the other end of the phone – the producer that I pitched to on that day 3-1/2 weeks ago in downtown Vancouver. I actually recognized her voice as she has a raspy, Bonnie Tyler thang goin’ on.
OMG! I’m going to Toronto! Holy crap! She gave me a few dates to choose from and told me to get back to her ASAP as they fill-up fast and I “don’t want to get stuck with the last day as the Dragons are grumpy by then.” OK then… not going there! She also sent along a 10-page “Contestant Guide” with tips and tricks, what to expect, what you can and cannot do, etc. Interesting reading…
What did I do next? Update my Facebook and Twitter statuses of course (lol). “Wendy is goin’ to Toronto. woot woot!” it said on Facebook. The ensuing comments were hilarious I must say. And so supportive once I’d fessed up. Thank you all again for being so wonderful!
After my meeting I called Mike at work to tell him. I don’t call him at work often as I have to call his team leader and ask to speak to him. Previous calls of this nature have occurred when my water broke (with both my daughters) or when Antonia recently was injured at school – you get the picture. He said, “What’s up?” So I told him and he answered, “I knew you’d get on.” (Thanks hon). Then I emailed all my friends that are not on Facebook (or not on it often) to share the good news as well.
That evening I sat down and searched for flights. I was pretty envious of my friends to the south as I scoured different dates on our whole TWO airlines that fly to Toronto right now. NOT.MUCH.TO.CHOOSE.FROM. However, by the end of the evening, I had decided that May 13th was the date (Lucky 13 right?). So I emailed Molly (the producer) before I went to bed so that she would have the information first thing in the morning Toronto time.
Upon waking the next morning I had an email from Molly stating that “the 10th and the 14th are better now”. So… back to the drawing board.
According to the guide, I have to fly-in at the latest the evening before and cannot fly out the same day as my taping (in case they run out of time and have to push me to the next day). I have now decided on the 14th of May, so we will be in Toronto from the 13th to the 15th. Still have to book our flights though… I am just relieved that we have a firm date.
Later that same day, Molly called to discuss my pitch and my numbers and gave me even more great advice and ideas on how to NOT end up on the cutting room floor. She was so helpful. Fantastic!
So my next order of business is to edit my pitch according to her advice, book our flights and find a model that lives in Toronto who wants to appear on Dragons’ Den.
Oh, and to decide what to wear. Can’t forget that!