By Sean Meyer/London Community News/Twitter: Newswriter22
For everyone fed up with all the reality TV that passes for entertainment these days, Tammy Lee Marche has something a little more impactful to share — something she calls, real TV.
Marche, owner of BullMarket Consulting Limited, has started fulfilling a dream she’s had for nearly 20 years by producing and hosting a series of webisodes called The Good Life. Episodes of the show are available on her website, www.tammyleemarche.com.
The webisodes are five minutes long (give or take) and feature Marche’s interviews with local residents who have overcome personal hardships to live their personal version of a good life.
“It’s not the perfect life. Everybody’s idea of the perfect life is different. So it is the good life, for real people,” Marche said. “We can all struggle, ups and downs, but lead a good life. The perfect life would have no ups and downs. For me, living a good life is the ideal, it is perfect.”
Marche studied philosophy and women’s studies in university before moving on to the National Institute of Broadcasting. It was there that Marche really began thinking about a career in television. However, as often happens to people, life had other plans.
“Twelve years ago I wanted to get into doing TV and stuff like that, but with my own happenings in life, I was sidetracked for quite a few years,” Marche said. “About three weeks ago it became really clear to me this was what I wanted to do.”
That sense of clarity stemmed from Marche trying out the format for the show on herself. After filming, Marche said she knew this was something that could be shared with others.
“I did a video of myself talking about my own things, hardships and tragedies in my own life. I found that putting myself on video, it was very therapeutic, really healing,” Marche said. “A few days after that, I thought why not interview others about their hardships? They will get healing from it, and those who watch it might be able to get something out of it, some healing from it too.”
Marche approached a close friend of hers, Abigail, to film the first webisode where she discusses her father’s ultimately losing battle with cancer. It would take Abigail about a week, Marche said, before she could even watch the show.
Ultimately, Marche said, Abigail told her she was extremely happy about how the show turned out. From that first webisode, Marche said, people began to take notice and even reach out to her to appear on the show.
“After my friend did that first one, we Tweeted it, and Facebooked it, and there were an initial four or five people who came forward wanting to do it,” said March, who added she would love to see The Good Life become more than just a hobby.
“I’m not getting thousands of hits, but I’m getting hundreds, and that’s great. It’s something I really see potential to grow with,” Marche said. “I am not just doing it to help other people, to help myself be a better person, I am doing it because I am hoping it might turn into a career.”
It takes Marche basically a full day to put together each webisode, so she says — right now at least — it isn’t something she can do every day. However, she already has her next several guests lined up and is anxious to get started.
After all, Marche said she is probably getting as much, if not more, out of the show as her guests are.
“What I feel from watching is a real sense of compassion, of understanding, a real sense of love for them,” Marche said. “I think if you have been through hardship, you connect with hardship. There have been a couple of videos that while I was editing them, I was in tears.”
Marche said she tries to keep each webisode to approximately five minutes in length. And while that might be difficult in terms of having enough time to tell a full story, Marche said she recognizes it is difficult to keep people’s attention, particularly online, much longer than that.
Ultimately, Marche said she isn’t sure the show has taught her anything new about the world, but it has gone a long way to reaffirming the beliefs she already had.
“We all have these strengths. We all think we are alone, but we’re not,” Marche said. “If we can connect with each other more on a level like that, realize we all have our own stuff and that’s OK, maybe as humans we can relate better, but a stronger sense of community.”
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