Well, all of a sudden my phone rings and the other person on the line asked to speak to me. She sounded all professional and very business like. So I in return started using my business tone of voice too. As the conversation continued, this lady made me feel all excited, saying that her team of editors found me online and after checking out all my information as me being a writer/author and freelancer; the bottom line is they wanted to put me on their show and do a radio interview with me. (so they say) I tell you, my heart skipped a beat and my mind started racing. She said my profile meets their qualifications to be on their radio program that airs all around the world. I'd also be on the program with some other highly profiled people in the media. Immediately, I began to think and ask myself, is this real? Oh this just has to be big time!
The more she talked the more excited I became. I mean she wanted my phone numbers, my web addresses and other information that is suppose to go out in press releases. She was trying to book me for two segments on the show. However, the more she talked, my brain began to come back to reality and I told her, "With all this talk about what you are going to do for me after being on the show and getting the date and time of the program where I will be speaking into press releases: I told her that this sounds like something that's going to cost me some money. She was very hesitant at first, as she tried to get her words together for me. She started talking about sending me a contract with all the details of our conversation, and telling me who was going to conduct the interview and trying to get me to pick a date. I asked her how much money are we talking about?
Well, this is when the bucket began to leak water. She wanted 45 hundred dollars from me......(She must be nuts) When I told her that I couldn't afford anything like that, she offered to cut it in half and let me make payments so she could get me on the show. I could then make payments of 5 hundred dollars a week to get this show on the road.
Who does stuff like that? Certainly not me, not even if I could afford it. I am not half baked!
WEll, to get out of the situation in a professional manner, I told her that I would have to talk to my husband, who is my manager. She wanted to know how soon I could discuss this with him. (Can you believe that?) I kindly told her that my husband/manager is out of town and will not be back until the first part of next week. Anyway, she left her name and number so I could call her on her direct line......Are you crazy? There is noway I am calling these whipper snappers back because I am not going down that road of stupidity.
See, I knew there was a catch, for it was sounding too good to be true.
This is the holiday season, who has 45 hundred dollars to throw away or splurge with anyway? Certainly not me....if I had that kind of money, you can believe I wouldn't just give it away. You know what, they were probably looking for ways to make money to finish their Christmas shopping and thought they could get over on me. WEll, I am not the one....interview or not.
Anyway, that's my Tuesday evening giggle.....use common sense people, don't let anyone get over on you, talk to them and use your professional voice and smile when you back away from their insane money making schemes and proposals.