I’m not sure I’ve ever watched an entire infomercial. Much like someone running their fingernails across a chalkboard, it’s the infomercial spokesmen that always get on my nerves. Do they look for annoying people to host these things? Whether it was Billy Mays or the “Shamwow” guy, I’ve always prayed that I would NEVER come across as an infomercial spokesman for God.
So you can understand my confusion when this past Monday I got a call from a friend who said, “Trey, I’ve been hired to put together an infomercial for television and I want you to be the spokesman.” After a long period of silence on my end, the only words I could come back with were, “Is this a joke?” He explained that it would be easy, it wouldn’t require much time and they would even pay me a little bit.
After he filled me in on the details, I told him I’d call him back and let him know. I’m not sure I was very interested, but Lea and I had just been talking about how we needed to come up with some extra funds this year because we are committed to taking our entire family to Honduras this summer. I called him back and told him I was in.
As crazy as it sounds, tomorrow I’m going to meet a camera guy for a quick “trial” shoot so the company making the infomercial can take a look at me. It is completely possible that they will take one look at me and say, “This guy won’t work, find someone else.”
All in all, I think it’s going to be fun. I just don’t want to be known as a screaming infomercial guy that people say, “That guy really gets on my nerves.”