We're on House Hunters International!
Last summer, while still living in Warsaw, we filmed an episode of House Hunters International! If you're a fan of the show, or if you want to see us make fools of ourselves on TV, check out our episode airing on HGTV on Wednesday, May 9 at 10:30 p.m. PST.
Here is a little backstory:
Due to the popularity of the show, many couples approach the channel and its production companies with hopes of being on TV. But the opposite actually happened to us.
One day, out of the blue, we received a message from a casting director on our Instagram (who knew that thing would be useful?) asking us if we were interested being on the show. We did a quick Skype interview, where I think she was just making sure we actually moved from sunny California to not so sunny Warsaw out of our own accord.
She left the decision up to us, and after an intense deliberation that lasted oh maybe 5 seconds, we said 'Hell yeah!' I mean, how could we turn down the experience, right? Plus, Mr's mom is a big fan of the show, and we thought it would be a nice surprise for her to see her son on TV.
Since Poland wasn't exactly a prime expat destination, House Hunters hadn't done a lot of episodes there. And besides showcasing a relatively unknown country, there were two other reasons they seemed to particularly dig in our story:
Reason #1 - Mr left a perfectly good job in San Francisco to move to a country where he didn't know anyone and didn't speak the language to start his own business...
Reason #2. All this while I was pregnant.
So you can see, this situation was tailor-made for good reality TV :)
When the film crew flew in, we didn't know what to expect as neither of us has done much (if any) TV in the past. But we ended up having a blast! Though after five 10-hour work days (yes, that's how long it took to film those 20 minutes of air time!), we were glad to be done.
I would say that the best part of the whole experience turned out to be the crew itself. We quickly made friends with the cameraman and sound dude who were old pals from the UK, as well as the American director who, it turned out, had a friend in common with Mr (small world!).
My favorite part was to see how the crew managed to film us in tight quarters, like the bathrooms. Turned out, no Polish bathroom could stop these guys:
Since we weren't actors and this wasn't exactly a Hollywood production, there were lots of bloopers along the way - from unexpected burst of rain to pigeons flying in our face to an old Polish guy who yelled at us for propping the door open to my hysterical laughter fits at the most inappropriate moments. In fact, I actually wish we could see all the out-takes. Since there was a lot more footage than will ever make it into the episode, we really hope that the editors left at least some of our jokes and pranks, such as Mr testing out different beds.
If you live in the U.S. (or wherever else the show airs), check out our House Hunters International episode and let us know what you think (we haven't seen the final product either). The timing couldn't be more perfect. Considering Mr's mom's love of the show, we think it's pretty great that it's airing right in time for Mother's Day! And now that I am a mom as well, this will be a fun thing to someday show to our son, who made a TV appearance before he was even born.