Homesteading Reality Stars: I Don't Want to Be One & Neither Do You

homesteading family reality starsWe received an inquiry last year about auditioning for a DIY reality show. I was skeptical if it was real, but after looking into it, it turned out to be real. They had seen some of the things we were doing and invited us to apply. The offer wasn't appealing, so we passed. That's not what we are about. We aren't homesteading family reality stars. We aren't.

I've given up all of my past plans of popularity and fame. Through the early 2000s and the pervasion of reality stars overtaking the airwaves, I admit there was something attractive about being one of them. The writer's strike of 2007 prompted networks to find a cheaper alternative, and lightly scripted homesteading reality shows started becoming the norm. From cable channels to networks, we couldn't turn on the tube without seeing someone being humiliated, adored or ignored. It was tempting to join the parade.

Homesteading Reality Stars

homesteading family reality stars
There were highbrow series like the BBC produced house collection. There were American lowbrows like Big Brother and the Bachelor. Then, for me, there was Survivor. One of the original hits and still bushwhacking though the airwaves with drama, life and death and a full production crew just off camera to support the revolving door of reality stars. I applied for season one. My video showcased my knowledge of survival techniques, my steady persona and my ability to work as a team member.

Apparently, not what the show was looking for.

But, it's not that initial rejection that turned me off to being famous on television. The more reality stars and their lives became center in our culture, the more the reality of what occurs behind the camera became apparent. Being famous for being on a show is not a positive experience. Broken families litter the path of fame. The Truman show is more of a warning than a light comedy.

Imagine living the life you lead now with a camera crew following your every move, directing and staging your daily chores list, removing your kids from a camera angle because they hadn't made it to make-up in time. The chickens need to be fed, not blocked for a better shot. Once the trash is dropped in the bins the next chores need to be done, not seven more takes of separating the recycling because the audio is off.

Homesteading Family Values

There are homesteading family reality shows out there. I question their validity. 

homesteading family reality starsI simply believe that the ideals of a homesteading family are against the practices of reality stars and television in general. Whether an off the grid operation of an urban homesteading endeavor, a family working to break away from the consumer lifestyle isn't looking to dive head first into the pool of fame. We tend to be folks who prefer solidarity with environmental concerns and food production. We spend our days doing our best for ourselves and neighbors, not thinking how to create drama and entertain the masses.

Any of those folks you see participating on those shows, they're not real. They are amalgamations of marketing departments and script managers, producers and directors bent on crafting drama and tension in something that sells advertising space, increases viewership and provides the expectedly unexpected. 

That's not us.

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