March 7, 2018 | Suzette Pickar
Working with clients that are moving to the area is one of my most favorite things!  I love to tell them about Rapid City
and the Black Hills as there is so much here that people do not expect.  Last summer, I met Lisa and Garrett as they made the move to South Dakota.  While house hunting they tuned into HGTV's House Hunters and thought it would be fun to apply, not anticipating that they would get a yes from the director!  Once they did, I received a call to see if I wanted to be a tv star for 30 minutes, well of course, how fun!  The adventure started with producing my own video to ensure I would make the cut.  After 3 practices an emailed video was sent.  The director said I passed too, so what's next?

After the approval process we visited with producers to get the episode lined up and ensure that Lisa and Garrett as well as the HGTV team had a fun experience and got to see some of the best of Rapid City! That was the fun part, getting to find exciting things for Lisa and Garrett's family to experience and to have the film crew see our great area. Luckily, in a past life, I worked in tourism and was able to connect everyone with some great locations for filming.  The crew enjoyed the Firehouse Brewing Company, Rushmore Mountain Adventure Park, Mt Rushmore and Old McDonald's Farm.  

Next came lining up homes for the clients!  Wow, that is tough when your showing lasts all day, yes all day.  Part of the behind the scenes is the amount of filming involved to ensure the home is showcased at it's best.  Plus the actors are novice!  Part of the film production equals lots of time in front of a camera, now you know where the drama of reality TV comes from.  

One of the most interesting things was sound...we had to turn off the A/C in the homes to not interfere with the sound, might I add we filmed in the summer!  Good thing for powder foundation and ample supplies of water.

Finding a quiet place to film interviews and host the location of Lisa and Garrett's final decision was not so easy.   The space, the light and the noise factor makes finding the right place to film a challenge.  Flexibility and the ability to load up quickly and check out unexpected filming locations on a moments notice, made for a little bit longer last day. Luckily we found a nice quiet park and the show did go on!

The show first televised the week after Christmas, 2017!  What a nail bitter, watching yourself on national television without seeing the edits was exciting and a little stressful.  We have been on the station a few more times and have enjoyed hearing the locals thoughts on our television debut.  Who knows maybe you are the next buyer to make the cut and enjoy this exciting experience.  



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