KNOWLEDGE AND TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS
by Denise Blazek
Anyone involved in alternative knowledge needs to think
well and clearly about being involved in television productions.
If anyone gets an invitation to be involved in a television
production, they have the right to ask about the content
of the documentary in detail, as their image and opinions
are being put out into a public platform. Quite honestly,
anytime you hear producers say: “We are going to give
a balanced view on the topic”, it pretty much translates
to: “We are going to bring in a sceptical angle.”
When they use the words ‘an objective approach’,
it means the same thing.
Psychics and mediums need to ask the question of WHO are
the professionals being asked for their opinion on the show,
both on the positive and the negative. If there are no professionals
being asked for their comment, then it is a TV producer
driven show and the producers can say anything they like
in their telling of the story and the editing process.
A ‘one off’ documentary is more risky than
a television series. With a series, the producers have to
be more careful about how they treat talent on the show,
as word will get around the traps so to speak, to not be
involved in the show if good people are burned on air or
behind the scenes.
One ‘trick’ used by current affairs shows is
to open up the question at the beginning of the segment
as a legitimate question. They follow this with a storyline
supporting the positive – but then at the end what
you see is some member of a sceptics group saying everything
you have seen has no basis. This leaves the viewer thinking
that the whole question has no base. This is followed, by
a final shot of the host, smirking.
Psychics and mediums around the world are in a highly competitive
industry, and much of the time jump at a TV offer with good
promises. But, they also need to be taking responsibility
for how they and their brand are portrayed in the media,
and the way to do this is to ask a LOT of questions before
they show up for the shoot.
Without good and successful ‘name’ talent on
a TV show, the producers simply do not have a show.
I have used the following metaphor to ‘talent’
being asked to be involved in a television production: You
don’t walk out into the middle of a busy street without
looking right or left with your eyes closed and hope you
don’t get run over. But that’s what you are
essentially doing if you don’t start asking questions
about the production integrity of the television show as
to how you are going to be portrayed. There’s no point
in complaining after you have been run over, because you
didn’t look right and left!
Psychics and mediums need to open their eyes and not jump
at TV opportunities because they think they will be put
into the best light if they say the right thing, according
to their own plan, at the time of the shoot. Unfortunately,
it doesn’t work like that.
TV is a very powerful medium, and the beast needs to be
fed. The more ‘talent’ out there who get to
know the nature of the beast and how best to tame it to
their greatest advantage, the better the result on screen
with TV series and documentaries for proof positive, in
all fields of alternative knowledge.
Lastly, for psychics and mediums – if it doesn’t
‘feel right’ from square one, don’t do
it! Use your intuition in this regard as much as you do
in your normal business and personal life.
Additionally, for psychics and mediums – if you are
told there will be a bit of a back story around you and
your abilities and you will be put to a ‘test’
as part of the TV show, ask about the scientific protocols
around this. Is this testing process scientifically viable,
or is this just how the producers think they could test
you to make it look good for TV? If they are not taking
notes and detail around your specific process, base skills
and show some knowledge of how you work, you could be walking
into a trap. For example, if you can’t work off a
photo and they give you one as part of their ‘testing
process’ bad result. Or, if you work off birthdates
and numerology as a base skill, there’s no point in
you holding somebody’s violin case!
Also for psychics and mediums of every level – If
a TV producer says a person with a big name, has expressed
interest in being involved, check with this ‘name’
person yourself, even if you don’t know them.
Producers also play ‘names’ against each other,
and scoop up the other ‘talent’ along the way,
because they think they are being involved in a quality
event, because people with profile have agreed to be in
the show. The Producers may have just got an email from
the ‘name talent’ asking for more detail. They
then say that this ‘name talent’ has expressed
interest in the show.
Hope this is of assistance.
TV Producer wearing the white hat!