What it Was Like to Be a Finalist in the Search to Discover the Next Oprah on Her New Network & How it Inspired Me to Reinvent Myself
December 31, 2010 - Linda Grasso
Me, back in July, before heading off to an audition for Your OWN Show
I got People today and, for the first time in months, I actually looked at it. Typically, I toss it aside thinking who are all these people with weird names like Snooki and why would I be interested in any of the Kardashians? The reason for my sudden interest? The magazine had an article profiling the 10 contestants on Your OWN Show – the upcoming series to pick and groom “the next Oprah.” My interest in the reality show was more than casual.
It all started back in July. “Hi, Linda, this is Emily from OWN.” I'd answered my cell as I drove along the 405 Freeway. I immediately thought of thought of my sister, Lisa. Yeah, it was her – being a smart ass. She’d recently encouraged me to enter the OWN contest by putting my reel up on the network's site. I feigned sincerity, “Hi Emily. Is Oprah with you right now?” “Excuse me? I’m calling from the Oprah Winfrey Network. We really liked your tape and we want to talk to you about possibly becoming a finalist to compete on the show. What???