NMC007 Emmy Fail
Recorded: September 10, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Subject: Trying for an Emmy Award. Sad about not getting nominated. Happy to start new chapter and move one step closer to living on a boat.
At the time of this writing I am sitting at a stunning anchorage on my floating home, s/v Dawn Treader, in Blue Hill, Maine. It is gorgeous here and life is good. I tell you this not to rub it in anyone’s face as they are stuck in Covid-19 lockdown at home, but as an important fact to keep in mind as you listen to this week’s episode of New Mexicast podcast (soon to become “New Mexi-Castaways”). When I recorded this, I was ready to throw in the towel. I had already faced the failure of a business venture I cared about and then I got the news that I had not gotten an Emmy nomination as I had hoped for. I even mention wanting to sell the brand.
Gratefully, I did not and I am very happy with the way things have worked out in my life, even without an Emmy! So keep on pushing for those big dreams and when things don’t go the way you think you want them to, tell yourself that something better is coming!
Love and light to you all!
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Rosa Linda Román: 00:00 Hey everyone, before we get started, a quick note. This is one of the early episodes recorded back in 2015 before we left New Mexico and moved onto the sailing catamaran Dawn Treader and before we became a fulltime traveling family. As you can imagine a lot has happened since this was recorded but I do hope you enjoy hearing this backstory. If you want to stick around until the end I will share how to find out what we are doing now. But first, a step back in time before we went from New Mexicast to New Mexi-Castaways. Enjoy! Rosa Linda Román: 01:28 Okay. Hello and welcome back to NewMexicast the audio version. I'm Rosa Linda Román and I am driving back from the Emmy nomination party at the river. What is it? Chama River Brewing Company in Albuquerque. I'm driving home, it's about nine o'clock at night and, um, it's been an interesting night for me. So to give you a little backstory, I have for those of you that don't know, I've been part of the broadcasting community for I don't know what 20 years now for a long time. And I worked in the mainstream media for most of those years and then I started my own independent show called NewMexicast. And that's what you're listening to right now. This is the audio version. After I finished season two of NewMexicast back in December. I have done a number of other projects, uh, but the Emmy awards are something that I always kind of had in the back of my mind, hoping that I would win an Emmy. Rosa Linda Román: 01:43 And so I applied again this year. The, the period, the, I dunno, the, the eligibility period was during the time when I had aired season two of New Mexicast. So I submitted a story about an iron pour in Tucumcari, New Mexico and I submitted a story about a home building project in Rocky Point Mexico hoping that this would be the year that I would finally win that Emmy. It's been so elusive. When I worked at Fox 10 in Phoenix, I was nominated for an Emmy for a story I did with George Sherm, the photographer about a sketch artist. So I got to not, I mean nomination, but that's about it. And this year was no different. I actually did not get a nomination and it is disappointing. This time last year I was sitting in that same room waiting for them to show my name up on the screen and never, never happened. Rosa Linda Román: 02:51 And I was very sad and I cried actually last year. It made me so sad that, you know, I, I had hoped once I left the mainstream media and started doing the independent work that I've been doing now for seven years that I would finally get that elusive golden statuette. But it wasn't to be, I didn't get it last year. I didn't get the get it this year. And I'm feeling a little bit like the Susan Lucci of the southwestern media. I'm sure there's many other reporters and photographers that feel that, that same way. But Anyway I'm actually not horribly sad. I feel like I closed that chapter back in December when I finished up season two of New Mexico cast. It was a really great experience. I learned a lot and grew a lot from creating that TV show, but I was ready to move on to something new anyway. Rosa Linda Román: 03:53 And you know, I figured I'd submit the stories just in case it was my year, but it wasn't to be. So now I'm driving home to a house full of sleeping kids and just thinking about the next chapter and what I'm going to do with the next part of my life. I think that what I'm probably doing with NewMexicast itself as I'm gonna sell this TV show or that the brand at least, I'm going to sell it to hopefully a media company in New Mexico that's interested in using that name. It's a great name if you ask me. Of course, I invented it. But I think it'd be perfect for somebody's station podcast or online presence. They could call themselves the New Mexico cast. So, you know, I thought I would be sad about that, about the possibility of saying goodbye to the brand, but it was a chapter and I feel like it's time to move on. Rosa Linda Román: 05:01 And I have a lot of reasons to believe it's time to move on because I just got back yesterday from Florida. I went to Florida with my family to go buy a 45 foot sailing Catamaran, which we are calling the Dawn Treader. If you don't know, that's a reference to a book from The Chronicles of Narnia called The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and it's about that sails to the end of the sea and goes on many one, I mean the end of the world, the Narnian world, and it goes on many adventures and, uh, sorry, I'm eating candy now and it's a great ship. And so we bought this boat because we intend to live aboard this boat together as a family because we've done it before when we were a family of four and now we're a family of five and a, I think it's time we're ready. Rosa Linda Román: 05:59 We're ready to move back onto a boat. I haven't worked out all the logistics yet, but I do think that, uh, it's not going to be that far off. The trip to Florida we just took, we all had a great time. Loved it. Ziva, our eight year old was not convinced when we bought, we told her we were buying the boat, that, uh, she wanted to do this, but she is now convinced. She seems excited. She told me this morning, she said, "Mommy, when are we going back to, to Florida?" I said, "Why? Why do you want to go to Florida?" And she said "To go on the boat." I said, "I thought you didn't want to live on a boat." She said, "well I changed my mind." So hopefully we'll go on to many great adventures and these are adventures I'm going to hopefully share with people in some form, but I don't know that it will be here on NewMexicast. Rosa Linda Román: 06:52 We have called it NewMexicastaways and I have been doing some broadcasts live broadcasts through an app called Periscope where you can actually record a live broadcast and get people to respond and give you hearts and comment in live in real time. And that's a wonderful thing. But I did the Periscope for New Mexicast and we call it NewMexicastaways because of course it's all centered around the boat. But I really, you know, the more that I, I sat in that any nomination room and, and didn't know anyone in the business anymore and realized that no one had really even seen my show. Despite the fact that I've been probably working in the media longer than many of them have even been out of college. Maybe, you know, it gives me pause. It may not, not out of bitterness, just realizing it's time to move on. Rosa Linda Román: 08:01 I feel like that chapter is closing and hopefully someone will buy this, this brand and enjoy it. And then I'll do something different because I do have a lot of energy. I have a lot of skills and I would like to apply those to something that I get excited about and something that I wake up every day looking forward to working on. So, that's the big thought on my mind right now. And yeah, so we'll see what, what comes next. But for now, I just wanted to check in and let you know it won't be an Emmy nominated show, but I appreciate you listening to NewMexicast. Anyway, I hope you all have a good night. I'm Rosa Linda Román. Rosa Linda Román: 23:43 Once again, I marvel at how much has happened since this was recorded back in 2015. I’m happy to report that I continued these recordings throughout the process of buying, prepping for and moving onto the Dawn Treader sailing catamaran, so you will have that to look forward to in future episodes. For now you can find us as New Mexicast on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, or just go to New Mexicast.com for all the content that I have there. And if you want to support this show please consider joining the New Mexi-Castaways Crew. You can do that at Patreon.com/NewMexicast. Which is where we will share a lot more content, including photos and videos from each of these podcast episodes, plus updates on where this crazy crew is now. Thanks again for listening and supporting our Enchanting Adventures. I’m Rosa Linda Román and who you just heard was, “Samuel!” Yep. And this is New Mexi-Castaways.