Sunday, August 13, 2017

We're Going to Be Famous

It's Thursday morning and already a busy day at The Flavor Café.  Rowan and Marisol have been working hard since they opened.  They aren't complaining because more sales means they stay in business.

Rowan is serving a customer as another one is leaving and Marisol is in the kitchen finishing up a special order placed two days prior for a corporate client. 
Rowan:  Would you like anything else?
Customer:  No, thank you.  That's all today.
Rowan:  Okay.  The total is $11.35.

The customer pays and Rowan thanks him and he leaves.  Rowan decides to check the stock again since it's been busy.  As she is checking, in walks Peyton Adams, producer for Good Morning Good People, a very popular local morning show. 

Rowan:  Good morning!  Welcome to The Flavor Café!
Peyton:  Good morning. 
Rowan:  How may I help you?
Peyton:  I would like to speak with the owner, please.
Rowan: I am the owner.  I'm Rowan Dunn.  How may I help you?

Peyton:  Yes. I'm hoping this visit will be very positive for both of us.  I produce the morning show, Good Morning, Good People.  Have you heard of it?
Rowan:  Not that I ever have time to watch it, but, yes, I have heard of it.  You produce it?  That must be an interesting job.
Peyton:  It is.  Is it possible for us to sit and talk for a few minutes about a business deal I would like to propose?
Rowan:  If it could be good for my business, I'm all ears.  Please, have a seat.  We can talk, but I may have to get up to assist customers as we talk.
Peyton:  No problem.  I understand.

They both sit down.

Peyton:  Our show has several segments to it and each day we mix up what we present with trends, information and local expertise whenever we can. 
Rowan:  Okay?
Peyton:  A once a week 15 minute segment just opened up and we are looking to fill it with a respected local expert on food.  The Flavor Café is a respected business, which means you know how to make people happy with food.
Rowan:  I'm glad or heaven knows what else I'd be doing right now.  Thank you for the compliment. 
Peyton:  You're welcome.  I would like to see if you would be interested in covering that segment for us. 

Rowan:  Me?  On TV?
Peyton:  Yes.  We would have to do a screen test, but once you get past the thought of millions of viewers watching and focus on what you know, it's easy.
Rowan:!  I certainly didn't wake up today expecting this.  What an honor to be asked.
Peyton:  You were highly recommended. 
Rowan:  Really?  By who?
Peyton:  Henna Richards.

Rowan (thinking with a puzzled look on her face): I'm sorry.  I don't recall knowing anyone by that name.
Peyton:  She's a loyal customer who was able to recommend you, which is why I am here.  As a matter of fact, I am paying her for her services by bringing her a Danish and coffee from your café. 
Rowan:  Oh!  Well, that means we have made an impression.  What would I need to do?  What time and day?  Will I get paid?
Peyton:  Yes, you will get paid.  Segments are on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM.  You would get a contract and you would get free advertising which is worth the 15 minutes alone.
Rowan:  It sure is.  I do need more information, but I am interested.  Can Marisol, my employee slash business associate come with me.  I mean, we'd have to hire someone to work one day a week to cover, but I'd like to include her if I can.

Peyton:  Yes, we can work with that.  Let's schedule some time for you to both come to the studio to talk, go through the screen test and review whether we have a deal or not. Would that be okay?
Rowan:  Yes!  I'm so excited!

Marisol walks out from the kitchen. 

Marisol:  Hi.  Are you taking a catering order?
Rowan:  No.  I'm discussing how we're going to be famous.
Marisol:  We are?
Rowan:  Yes.  Marisol, this is Peyton Adams, a producer from Good Morning, Good People
Peyton:  Hello, Marisol.
Marisol:  Hello.  It's nice to meet you.

Rowan:  We can make arrangements, but can it be in the evening.? We are open during the day and there are only two of us.
Peyton:  Yes.  And I do think you will need another employee.  Once you are on the air, your business could double.
Marisol:  On the air?
Rowan:  Yes!  We're going to be on Good Morning, Good People.  I'll fill you in on the details later.

Peyton: I'm truly excited about this opportunity to work with you.  I'll leave my card and call you later today to set things up.
Rowan:  Wonderful!  Now let's get you and your consultant a Danish and some coffee, on the house.
Peyton:  Thank you!

It looks like an opportunity is opening up for Rowan and Marisol.  Maybe we can watch their segment on the show every so often.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye

Monday, August 7, 2017

That's What Friends Are For

It's Wednesday evening and Peyton just got home from work.  She has an assignment and doesn't have much time to figure out how to complete it.  A spot on the daily morning show she produces has an open spot available for a weekly segment, one day per week. She has to fill it as soon as possible and has no idea how she'll do it.  She needs a television personality and there aren't too many who are local.

As she's looking things up on the internet to try to figure out where to start, Peyton hears the doorbell and answers it.  It's Henna.  Peyton lets her in and leads her into the living room.

Peyton:  Hey, Girl.  What's up?  Has your day been as long as mine?
Henna:  Hi.  I don't think so.  It was a pretty easy day for me.   
Peyton:  Really?  Why so easy?
Henna:  Because the ideas were just flowing.  A few big payments came in, which is always great. Oh, and a possible new client.  It's been great. 
Peyton:  Oh. 
Henna:  So are you ready for dinner?
Peyton:  Good grief!  I completely forgot about dinner.  I don't think I can go.  I'll give you a raincheck. 

Henna:  Why?  What's going on?
Peyton:  Well we just lost a segment for the show and I need to find a replacement.  I don't know what to do, but I need to do something quick.  So I hate to have to cut this call short, but I need to spend some time figuring things out.
Henna:  Hmmm...well, maybe if we talk about what you're looking for, maybe that will be helpful.  It couldn't hurt.
Peyton:  Yea.  I guess it couldn't hurt. 

Henna sits down, so Peyton does too.

Henna:  So, tell me what you need to replace.
Peyton:  The segment was 15 minutes of home tips, like easy ways to keep things working or how to you keep your cleaning day short. 
Henna:  Do you need to find someone else to do the exact same thing?
Peyton:  No, just something that people will enjoy.  Something that makes people want to tune in and watch that segment, not start changing the channel when it comes on.

Henna:  Well, does it have to be a trained actor or something?
Peyton:  No, just someone who knows what they're doing and they do it well.  They have to have a presence and a good reputation.
Henna:  Well, I would suggest someone to talk about designing your home, but I'm pretty busy.
Peyton (laughing):  Whatever.  But home design would be nice, I just think that maybe that's pretty overdone for that spot.  As long as we're changing it up, we may as well overhaul.  I just don't know what would be good.

Henna:  Okay, so let's name things most people like.  Home stuff is done.  Clothes sound good.  Like how to look your best.
Peyton:  Maybe.  That could work.  Fashion sense and tips.  Maybe couture on a dime.
Henna:  As if you understand that concept. One pair of your underwear costs twenty dollars.  Who pays that for drawers?
Peyton (laughing):  Stop making me laugh.  We need to concentrate. I'm hungry.  I can feel my stomach growling.  Maybe I can think better on a full stomach.
Henna:  That's it!  That's the idea!

Peyton:  How to keep your stomach from growling or learning how to think when it is?
Henna:  Food.  People love food.  We all eat it. Even if we'll never cook something, don't you like watching people cook?
Peyton:  Food, huh?  You're right.  It's and every day thing and we only need the segment filled once per week.  Now where can we find someone who will fit the bill.
Henna:  There must be a local business with someone who will look good on camera.
Peyton:  Yes.  I can try searching on the web.
Henna:  You could, but let's think about it.  You can't just pick random people.

Peyton:  Where do you normally eat?  I mean, we like Color Burst.  Select Spaces and Lila's are nice.
Henna:  I got it!  The Flavor Café.  I love their food.  The ladies who work there are very friendly.  I bet they'd be good for the show.
Peyton:  You think so? 
Henna:  Yes, they're local and I don't think I know anyone who has eaten there who doesn't love their food.  They also cater.  Plus, they will make a few extra bucks for the segment, right?
Peyton:  Right.
Henna:  It's free advertising every week, so there is no downside.  They may even need to get a bigger place and more people once they increase their audience.

Peyton:  Henna, I have to say, I agree you've have a good day.  See, Girl.  You called to share some of that goodness with me.
Henna (with a tune and pretending she's holding a microphone):  Hey, that's what friends are for.  When you need me, just call my name.
Peyton:  Please do not  continue to break into song.
Henna (singing):  In good times and bad times, I'll be on your side forever more...
Peyton:  You have issues, but I'm really glad you called.  I need to go so I can write a quick proposal and contact The Flavor Café tomorrow morning.
Henna:  Just go there.

Peyton:  I'll do that.  Good idea.
Henna:  While you're there, there's no better way to thank a friend than food.  So pick me up a Danish and coffee and swing by here to drop it off. A small price to pay for me quickly solving your problem. We all know how valuable my time is.
Peyton:  You got it.  But I do really need to put together a quick proposal to review when I get there.  So thank you I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to take off these clothes and get to work.  I'll see you in the morning.  Okay?
Henna:  Okay.  Don't forget the sugar and cream for my coffee, please.
Peyton:  Okay.  

Peyton walks Henna to the door and then starts working on her proposal.

We'll have to see what Rowan and Marisol think of the idea after Peyton presents it.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye