On Oct 3, 2006, at 5:24 PM, Meghan McGinley wrote:
My name is Meghan McGinley and I am a Casting Producer for the ABC Television show, Wife Swap. In case you are not familiar with the show, the premise of Wife Swap is simple: for two weeks, two wives from two different families exchange husbands, children and lives (but not bedrooms) to discover what it’s like to live a different woman’s life. The show airs on ABC on Monday nights at 8pm – family hour! It offers a positive experience for people not only to teach, but to learn about different family values.
I am contacting you because I am interested in casting a home schooling family on the show that feels strongly about the importance of family time. We have explored this avenue on the show in the past, and I have found that the families who home school their children tend to raise them in a very loving environment where family is a priority. I believe that those values are not as common as they should be, and that a close-knit home schooling family with strong morals and values would have a lot to teach another family if they appeared on the show.
I came across your website, and I was wondering if you might be interested in applying for the show. I think it is wonderful that you are able to spend time with your children both through home schooling and working on the farm! I was also curious as to if you know of any other home schooling families who might be a good fit for the show. Families who participate in the show receive $20,000, and if you refer a family that appears on the show, you will receive a $1,000 finder’s fee.
To get more information, obtain an application or refer a family, you can reach me at (212) 404 1473 or Meghan.McGinley@rdfusa.com.
Meghan McGinley| Casting Producer | ABC Television – Wife Swap
RDF USA | 440 9th Avenue | 11th Floor | New York | NY 10001
tel. + 1 212 404 1473| fax. + 1 212 404 1456
Meghan.McGinley@rdfusa.com | www.rdfusa.com
Dear Mrs. McGinley,
Mighty kind of you to think of us. I have given your offer careful consideration however, there are some problems:
- I don’t watch TV so I’m not quite sure what “Wife Swap” is.
- We don’t have a TV – haven’t for 30 years. Kinda the same problem as the first one there but it also means I can’t readily find out what the show is.
- I have serious doubts that a fine lady from a city family would survive being dropped into our life, physically or emotionally. Life on the farm is good but it is also hard work chain-sawing, wood splitting, cement toting, rock wall building, doing construction, tending livestock, fencing, cooking from scratch, putting up the harvest and a whole lot more that will break nails if you have ’em. Pardon the stereotype.
- I fear we’re a mite too busy with life to wife swap. We get up early, work late and still some how there just aren’t enough hours in the day. You probably have the same problem in the city – those to-do lists are never ending.
- Right now we’re new building a house by ourselves – we have to get done a certain amount before snow flies and the ground turns like iron. We’re building with granite and cement which is heavy stuff and requires a certain amount of skill to work with as well as muscle to tote and that takes time to build up. See #3.
- We have to get the harvest in. Once in it needs to be canned, dried, blanched and stored away. I’ll soon be slaughtering our winter meat and my wife helps with that. We need to make about 250 quarts of soup which we’ll pressure can. We produce most of our own food. If we miss that time frame or make errors we have lost the year or worse. It takes years to learn to do these things so I would need a bit more than two weeks to break in a new wife.
- We have to take care of our livestock daily. I can’t risk an innocent woman from the city dropping in and making an simple mistake through no fault of her own inexperience that could kill or injure animals, or get her hurt. No offense intended, but you need to know which end of a pig might bite, to keep your feet from getting stepped on by an 800 lb boar and what they need every day. Speaking of biting, we have six large guardian livestock dogs. If you’ve seen my Sugar Mountain Farm blog then you may have read about them like at post. They’re friendly with family but don’t have much exposure to strangers. They would have a hard time with a new wife never mind a film crew. To do their jobs the dogs must be free roaming so I can’t tie them up while you’re here.
- Imagine Ms. Drysdale going to live in TN with the Clampetts at their original homestead. I realize that may be what you’re after… Our part of Vermont is kind of like the Blue Ridge mountains – it looks a lot like the old pictures of the Appalachians. Beautiful country but a long ways from the amenities that city folk are used to having around. We just did our fall shopping – five grocery carts of store bought staples we can’t produce here. That means we may not be going in town for weeks to even a couple of months. I’ve heard city friends say that would drive them plum crazy.
- $20,000 is a right lot of money, close to as much as I earn in a year, more than I make some years, but two weeks out of our life is lost forever. See above.
- And most importantly of all, I love my wife too much to swap her, even on a temporary basis. (My wife just hollered out in the background that “Hey, Walter, if I can earn $20,000 in two weeks…!”)
I do hope that you are able to find families to do your show. Homeschooling and rural farm life are wonderful things that the American people need to reconnect with. I wish our country could find its agrarian roots. To help you out I have BCCed this to some people who might be able to help you. Should one of them do your show, please consider it a referral as I sure could use the money.
PS. Your email scored a 5.0 on the spam scale so I’m not sure if this is real or not. If it is real, I would love to hear that you got this…
Well everyone! I got a response back from Ms. McGinley right quick and she says…
On Oct 3, 2006, at 9:10 PM, Meghan McGinley wrote:
Thanks so much for your email – I can assure, you, I’m a real person!
I completely understand your reasons for not wanting to participate in the
show, and I can see how it would be difficult for another woman to come in
and fill your wife’s shoes for a week (the show actually tapes over 7 days,
but from what you’ve told me, that would probably be too long for her to be
Regardless, thank you very much for sending this information along. Please
make sure to tell your contacts that if they do get in touch with me, they
should be sure to mention your name so that you will be eligible for that
finder’s fee if they get cast on the show.
So… Be sure to mention my name! :)
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