Your big opportunity to be a web TV star

7 May

So you say you want to be on TV, even if it’s just web TV? Well, the producers of a new show about action water sports are looking for short videos from people who think they would be the perfect guide to Hood River and the area.

The show is called “Clean Break.” It will air on the Sony web TV channel, Crackle.com. The program will feature six “webisodes” focused on six different water sports. Hood River is the destination for a look at windsurfing. A “sport guide” will help viewers learn all about windsurfing.

But the show will also look at the unique qualities of the six communities. That’s where “local guides” come in. These will be people who know and love their communities, and can take the production crew on a tour of all the best places to shop, sleep, dine and play.

To toss your name into the hat, all you have to do is prepare a short two- to three-minute video of yourself visiting the things that you think make Hood River special.

Drew Masters of Grainey Pictures, a Los Angeles production company, said potential guides should be between 21 and 30 years old. This is what aspiring local guides must do to nominate themselves:

1. Create the video. It can’t have any music in it.
2. Sign up for a YouTube account
3. Upload the video to YouTube
4. Go to youtube.com/Hydroexperience and transfer the video from YouTube to that page, making sure it’s filed under Hood River.

When you’re producing the video — of yourself, or someone else — make sure the potential guide provides …
-Their name
-Tells how long they have lived in Hood River
-Tell why they like Hood River
-Tell why they would make a great local guide
-Tell what areas they would want to show us, and take us to
-At the very end, ask web viewers to “vote for me, (name), to be your local guide in Hood River.

The public will be invited to vote for their favorite (potential) host. Two to three weeks before the crew arrives, the company will select its local host and begin firming up locations for the shoot.

Sponsored by razor company Schick to help publicize a new product, the Schick Hydro (schickhydro.com/hydrovideo.asp), the program will follow host Brady Mathews as he looks at kiteboarding in San Diego, surfing in Venice Beach, Calif., and whitewater rafting in Kernville, Calif.

Then Mathews will drop in to Hood River, followed by a visit to Aspen, Colo., for whitewater kayaking, and Orlando, Fla., for wakeboarding.

The crew of nine will visit Hood River June 15-20.

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