Recently, on December 1, 2021, I had a TV appearance on The E! Network’s TV Show The Bradshaw Bunch. Given all the comments I've received from my clients and friends, I’d like to share with you a little background information about my experience of being on the show. As some of you might know, I have also previously appeared on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Dallas twice.
I was grateful to be invited to appear on both of these shows, which required me to film real time sessions that took anywhere between one to two hours each, even though only minutes were actually used in each episode. That is a common. During the filming of The Bradshaw Bunch, I filmed in two different locations in one day and the entire process of filming on set and traveling between locations took all afternoon.
While filming with Terry Bradshaw’s daughter, Erin and her husband Scott, there were many fun moments and some tender teary moments too, just like it might be when I’m doing a session for one of you and your beloved animal companions. We communicated with animals in the physical and also some animal friends of Erin’s that had transitioned. I left their home feeling so uplifted. We had a wonderful session and it went exceptionally well. I felt so good about what was captured on camera in Erin's session that I thought to myself, “Yes! This is what I want to share with viewers on our animal communication show!" And I believed this session would be portrayed differently, more true to the actual events that took place. How could they not show Erin genuinely connecting with her beloved animal companions who transitioned? It was so beautiful and touching. There were tears of joy shed!
The second location where I filmed was at Terry Bradshaw’s Horse Ranch, specifically his Mare Breeding Barn. From the moment I met Terry, I recognized that he had a huge, playful and even mischievous spirit! Honestly, even though I may not have shown what I was really feeling on the screen, Terry was a handful with a lot of wild energy to manage! We talked to his favorite 1,000+ pound cow, Lucy, who was very friendly until Terry got her all riled up and she started to play rough with me. Lucy backed me into a corner with her ‘playfulness’ and I had to ask Terry to help me out of the situation. I did notice that when Terry let Lucy out of the 10 x 10 pen to roam freely, all of the staff and camera folks backed WAY OFF! Did they know something about Lucy that I didn’t know before I enter that closed-in pen with her, lol?
As I left, Terry kindly reached to hold my hand and even gave me a gentle kiss on the cheek. He may have a rough and rowdy exterior at times, but at his core he's a big softie and a complete gentleman.
Some of my clients and friends have had wonderful comments about my appearance on both The Real Housewives of Dallas and The Bradshaw Bunch. Others have said they didn’t appreciate how I was portrayed on the shows because they felt the shows were making light of the work that I do. And, I understand that. Please know, when I’m a guest on a show I do the very best that I can and I am very comfortable working in front of cameras. Once I get into those on-camera sessions, I forget we are being filmed and focus on my work. I do my best to do my job well. Having said that, I know when I agree to be filmed for a show the producers have the right to edit and even add whatever they like to have my appearance fit into their storyline. I also have to sign a release form before filming, therefore I know I'm putting my faith in the hands of the producers. It's a very vulnerable position to be in.
Did I want The Bradshaw Bunch producers to air the moving and fun moments from my animal communication session with Erin? Of course. Was I disappointed that the work I care so much about wasn't fully portrayed on the show? Yes, but I understood why the producers made me part of the comic relief in that particular episode. My lighter segments were meant to contrast the heavier, more serious subject matter of the drug addiction storyline that was also featured in that same episode. I was very grateful for the opportunity to meet Terry Bradshaw and his wonderful family. I learned a few more things about filming and I had a really lovely day with the Bradshaws. And although I might understand the edit the producers chose to use, I won't be putting myself in that position again.
The work I do is too important to me to allow another misrepresentation. I don't want what I do to be continually portrayed as something to be made fun of by producers who don't seem to take what I do seriously. I value the time I spent filming with The E! Network and Bravo, and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of their shows, however, The Bradshaw Bunch made me realize that discernment needs to take priority. Not every show appearance is right for me and what I do. Moving forward I will carefully take into consideration where I film and with whom.
Currently, my business partner and I are working hard to find a Network that will be a good fit for our show, The Animal Connection. The format of the show will be fun and entertaining, but more importantly we want the energy of it to reflect the loving, respectful view we have of animals and animal communication. Our goal is to share the inner workings of these intelligent sentient beings that we live so closely with in our homes and throughout the world.
The pandemic put everything on hold, but we're back on track. We've made a little headway with The Animal Connection in 2021, and hope to have some good news to share with you mid 2022. This show will be a platform to help facilitate communication between people and their beloved animal companions, creating indelible transformations. In the process, we'll demonstrate the remarkable emotional intelligence of animals, revealing how much their inner worlds resemble our own - a true labor of love for both myself and my business partner!
Please keep us in your prayers and thoughts. Any help we can get to manifest and bring this project into the world is always appreciated. Thank You!