Kelly Ripa and part of the TLC Channel now called Homemade Millionaire. At the time I was just at the prototype phase of my invention called the AttachaTray, which was a laptop tray that attached to a recumbent bike. I had two weeks to prepare for my trip and finish my prototype.
You see, I'm not comfortable speaking in front of large crowds, so this was a terrifying concept for me to wrap my brain around, but something told me that I should go for it. My invention was quite expensive to have manufactured, so having an avenue where this could be backed financially and instantly marketed was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
I was soon off to Chicago with recumbent bike and invention in tow. In a way it was good that I didn't have a lot of time to prepare and over think the process. The morning of the big day came and I felt pretty good besides the butterflies that wouldn't stop making me feel like I was going to lose my breakfast. When I got to the hotel where the auditions were being held I was immediately surrounded by amazing women who put my nerves at ease. We all had a lot of time in line together and I was amazed at how far along they were in the inventing process. Many of them had already had their product manufactured and were all over the web, but they were running into challenges getting exposure for their product. This is why they were auditioning for the show. I saw how much passion they had for their inventions and how much they had invested financially and emotionally.
It was finally my turn, which came and went so fast I'm not sure what I even said. After being in line with so many fantastic women I new that my chances were slim to none to get on the show, but there was something in my gut that told me I was there for a different reason. I couldn't help feeling at ease. On the flight back form Chicago the concept of Womentorz came to me. I thought, "How great would it be to use the group marketing concept where all of these inventions and inventors could be found in one location and use the power in numbers to their advantage."
The process of building Womentorz began soon after, which has been quite the roller coaster ride for the past year. I have so many amazing women in my life now who, if it hadn't been for the audition for Homemade Millionaire, I would have never met. This show will hold a very fond place in my heart because I know what the women on the show went through to get this opportunity. Please tune in on November 19th at 10:00/9:00c. I know I will!