A representative from a production company affiliated with HGTV has been trying to enlist creators of home tiki bars for profile on a do-it-yourself program for the channel. The initial post was confusing and misleading — the representative said they were looking for “tikis” when they meant tiki rooms, a rather puzzling thing to get confused. Repeat requests don’t seem to have generated a whole lot of interest. There is no lack of these fantastic at-home getaways out there in the tiki community (I did a mental tally the other day and realized that I’ve been fortunate enough to visit literally dozens of them), so I’m not sure why they’re having trouble.
Personally, I’m a bit turned off by the pitch’s seeming attitude of “designers & contractors — who needs ’em? We’re looking for real people!” It’s a blurry line in the tiki community, and the pros and the amateurs co-mingle so much that folks don’t really seem to make a distinction between them. The many, many DIY-type tiki folks are considered designers even if they’ve only done their own tiki room; those in our community who are able to transition to doing interior design and contracting for tiki for a living are strongly encouraged and supported, not knocked as no longer being “real people.” That, combined with the representative’s weird initial mix-up about what a tiki even is, and the many horror stories I’ve heard about how these production companies will run rough-shod through your home… I’d certainly have some reservations before signing up with them. But those are just my guesses, it’s hard to say why they don’t seem to have sparked much interest.