We are very excited for Brimley and his win as America’s Next Cat Star - he’s a great cat with amazing people - and for Bagel, who won the popular vote. At awards shows you hear it nearly as often as “and who are YOU wearing?” but seriously, it was an honor to be selected as a finalist in the star search.
After a Skype interview with Humom and an Animal Planet producer, we were handed off to a production company that had some forms to sign and additional information for us to provide.
“Hi, we wanted to call and congratulate you - Sauerkraut has been selected as a finalist in America’s Next Cat Star!”
“That’s awesome! So… what’s next?”
“We’re sending out a film crew and producer from Los Angeles. They’ll be there next Sunday.”
“… Like, just over a week from now?”
Over the following week or so, more updating and touching up and painting and cleaning was done in the house than I thought ever possible. Humom was a force to be reckoned with, and had this place looking amazing before the crew arrived.
On Saturday evening, we heard from the producer that she was in town and would meet us at the Central Oklahoma Humane Society the next morning to begin filming there, focusing on our volunteer work and Sauerkraut’s humble beginnings. The producer, a camera man, sound man, and still photographer showed up, and we shot about two hours of interviews and videos (28 seconds made the cut).
We spent some time with our eldest daughter playing the piano and Sauerkraut sitting atop the parlor grand; filming Humom taking Sauerkraut’s picture; recording Kraut doing her (somewhat limited) repertoire of tricks; and going for a walk around the neighborhood.
The filming took a total of 9 hours, for a segment on-air that lasted approximately two and a half minutes. I have a brother that works in the entertainment industry - he’s a voice actor, and does commercials, films, animated series, video games, and radio work. I’d sat in on some of his recording sessions, where he’s in a recording booth, and the producers will say, “That was great, but I need it about a half-second quicker.” Or, “That was great, but can you emphasize the words ‘taco mailman’ just a little more?” In the booth for an hour or more for a spot that might only last a few seconds. After my initial surprise at how long it took to record the segment, I thought about it and realized how important it is for the producer to get what they need in the time they are here - they only get one crack at the whip.
And then it was all the build-up. She went from being “Sauerkraut, Internet personality” to “Sauerkraut, Animal Planet’s America’s Next Cat Star Finalist.” The Austin Chronicle predicted Sauerkraut to be the winner.
Well… at least the cannoli bites were awesome! (Thanks, Michaela!)
We talked, laughed, spent time with the foster kittens, and watched the show. And even though Sauerkraut didn’t “win” the star search, we know the truth: Sauerkraut is a winner in our hearts, and always will be.
What’s next for Sauerkraut and her people? In less than a month, we leave on our Summer Road Trip! Keep an eye out for those updates - we’ll be having some fun!