Yesterday I sat in the audience of one of the last tapings of the Martha Stewart Show. I am a HUGE Martha Stewart fan so I was super excited to be invited as an audience member on the Etsy episode.
The episode will air Thursday, April 26, 2012 and is all about Etsy! All the guests and audience members were either Etsy sellers or employees of Etsy. We learned a little bit about the operations of Etsy, did some crafts with owners of successful Etsy shops, and even watched an all-Etsy fashion show. Plus we walked out of there with lots of presents from Martha - craft supplies, gift certificates to HP, and books - SCORE!
Going to a show taping is a lot of waiting in lines and being quiet and clapping for two hours, but loving Martha and Etsy so much definitely made it a very exciting day for the audience. We all showed off our products to the cameras and Martha requested that we all have our individual photos taken so they can be put on The Martha Stewart Show website/blog. That is huge to all of us small business owners and we really appreciated Martha's support. It was obvious that she recognizes and appreciates that our group of people - craftspeople - are the ones who helped make her such a success.
A little "behind the scenes" dish: Martha is seriously no-nonsense when she is working. No small talk during breaks and she is not interested in any delays, but then the camera turns on and she is all charm. It was pretty awesome to observe. I love that she is so successful and such a strong business person. The staff of the show were hustling non-stop and I'm sure it's beyond tough to work for Martha Stewart, but they seemed to really respect her and were proud to work on the show. What really made me like Martha was to see how she interacts with dogs and kids. With adults she was all business, but when there was a dog in the room - or even when someone talked about a dog - she lit up and got lost in animal land. As a fellow animal lover I really enjoyed seeing her in those moments.