Level Up!

Poppy Bachman hosts the new luxury travel show, “Best Resorts and Spas!”

Growing up, Poppy Bachman dreamed about one day usurping Samantha Brown as the next luxury travel host on her own luxury travel show. She worked her way through finishing school and private spokesmodel lessons by being a dog walker and personal shopper. Now sheโ€™s trying to get the attention of NBC executives with demos of her own amateur luxury travel show.

From her trailer park home, Poppy calls the owners and managers of five star resorts and spas around the world, hoping to be flown in style for a free stay in exchange for another five star review. Not giving the managers a chance to get a word in edgewise, she quickly invites herself to these resorts in the hopes of scoring her first big review gig. Poppy has a lot of self-confidence, but she also has dyscalculia, which makes it difficult for her to follow directions or distinguish between left and right. So actually getting to the resort is half the battle.

Undaunted, Poppy is determined to become a paid jet-setter, and every weekend takes a cross-country bus to the next luxury destination on her list. Free first-class travel, complimentary cocktails, getting paid for getting pampered. Thatโ€™s her dream career. But for now she must prove her mettle to the execs at NBC and produce, direct, star in, and edit her own no-budget travel show herself. And somehow get them to watch it.

Here’s her first episode. Listen as she makes stumbling over words sound like a skill:

So… should NBC give Poppy a chance to take it to the next level?


Thanks to Diane Henders and Tom Merriman for the inspiration for this post!

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  1. I think Poppy’s naturally talented, CM, and should most definitely be given a chance. NBC is merely a local broadcaster compared to the actual heights that I feel she can reach! Any TV executives viewing this? If so, you know what you need to do!
    Good one, CM, and many thanks for highlighting Poppy’s goal.

    • Thanks, Tom! I told Poppy about the kind words you wrote. She thanks you too, and would reply in a comment herself… but now her swelled head won’t fit through the door. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • That’s a common side-effect of greatness, CM. Please say ‘you’re welcome’ to Poppy for me!

  2. Will do! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Poppy’s doing a great job! Apparently some people actually score rooms and comps just by showing up to a hotel or resort and pretending to be a travel blogger who’s been promised a room and amenities in exchange for coverage. I think her only strategic mistake here was aiming too low. Next stop, a top end five-star resort – time to level up!

    (Thanks for the mention.) ๐Ÿ™‚


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