It’s been just over two years since I sold everything I owned—at the height of my real estate career in Australia—and moved to
Los Angeles to become a talk show
host. I felt an overpowering divine
guidance, which gave me the momentum to just do it. This drive keeps me
going in the most challenging of times,
pushing me forward.
Upon landing in L.A., the first thing
I did was immerse myself in the television industry to get up to speed. I spent
the first year figuring it all out, attending TV industry conferences and
You Tube TM events to understand the
online world as that was where I
needed to build my viewers and fan
base. What will my show look like?
What is the format? Who are my
guests? What are the topics? Who am
I as a host? What stories do I tell?
I figured out the answers by going
through the process and sticking at it,
but things don’t always go according to
plan. For example. I had a vision for a
particular segment that would be like
The View, but with a more casual group
of friends siting on a couch discussing
everyday issues. Producing it was
another matter, as you can see from
four different versions in the photo.
It took a while to get it to look profes-
sional. It would have been easy to get
frustrated and give up. But with perse-
verance, we now have a sensational
segment with high-quality production
and an amazing set. With a limited
budget, minimal directing experience
and my parent’s living room serving as
the set, Take 1 was a disaster (too much
leg). The dining table looked terrible
on camera. In Take 4, there was a huge
improvement, but it still needed a few
There were times when I was challenged; it cost money and time to produce the first three takes that are now
on the cutting-room floor. I feel like I
paid a small fortune for all of those lessons. Nevertheless, I knew in my heart
this could work. I knew what I wanted
it to look and feel like, and what was
possible if we just kept making small
changes. Sometimes you have to believe
in your vision, you have to be challenged, you have to stick with it and be
willing to go the distance.
What I learned in this first year was
that I wasn’t just talent or a host. I have
to produce my own show. I didn’t have
a Hollywood budget to hire a producer
or director or the many other staff
members involved with a network
show. I would need to wear many hats,
and decide which ones I could out-
source, like cameramen and editors,
and which I would wear, like “host
Fortunately, I met a very prominent
Hollywood PR agent early on in my
relocation. He said I would need four
things to make it as a talk show host
• Be an amazing interviewer.
• Book great guests.
• Get sponsors to fund me.
• Create a massive following.
After accomplishing these four steps,
he said, then—and only then—would
networks look at me. So I thought, I
will just work on all four at once and
hope one works!
The first months were especially trying. From assisting to editing interviews, creating content and receiving
constructive feedback, I felt overwhelmed. When I needed it most, I
received an email from one of my Facebook followers in Bulgaria. She’d made
a personal You Tube video, and in it
shared the importance of what I was
doing with my show for the women in
her country who are not exposed to
these stories. All of a sudden, the
weight and self-doubt lifted. The universe knew I needed a big kiss.
Moments like these reminded me I was
on the right path. If I could impact and
make a difference in one person’s life,
then I was doing enough. The “how”
didn’t seem so important because I
knew “why” I was doing it.
by kirSty Spraggon
Spraggon’s goal is to make a difference
in at least one person’s life.