Maria Brophy


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Crusin to Santa Cruz – A Paint Shop Episode

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Screen Shot from The Paint Shop Episode 2

I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.”  Orson Wells

Usually I write articles that are helpful to the creative and the self-employed.  This time, though, I’m going to share with you my latest project, The Paint Shop TV Show.

I came up with this crazy idea for a tv show based on the happenings in and around the studio of my husband, Drew Brophy.  He was not excited about it at first.

I distinctly remember Drew saying:

“I don’t want to be on tv and look like a goon!” or something like that.

But, he’s a smart man, and he eventually gave into me and agreed to give it whirl.

It’s ironic that we have been without television for six or seven years.  I just got tired of the tv being on all the time, so I cancelled our cable.   Our son has grown up without it, which I admit is very strange.

But, I understand the power of media.  And so I pursued the making of The Paint Shop.

It was about three and a half years ago when we first started working on the production of this show.  We knew nothing about producing a show, so we felt it was best to team up with someone who did.

We found producer/director Brian ILL, who was a big fan of Drew’s, and the three of us formed a plan for The Paint Shop.  Brian had a lot of experience from working on The Discovery Channel, and he was a work-aholic like we are – so it was a perfect match.

When our show first hit the airwaves, it was surreal. Drew and Dylan and I had to go to a friend’s house to watch it on the night it premiered.

Recently Brian and I were talking about how amazing it is that we got this far. Then Brian said to me,

“Do you realize that most people are not crazy enough to work this hard to do this?!”

Looking back at all the sweat and tears (and money) it took for us to make this show a reality, I had to agree. But it was all worth it.

The show has evolved quite a bit over the years, and now that we are on air, I see so much that could be improved on it!  I am my own worst critic – however, it’s what keeps me wanting to get better and better with each episode.

You can see a big improvement in watch-ability from Episode 1 to 2 and then from 2 to 3 in the quality of production.  We just keep getting better.

I am very proud to say that we air in 4.2 million households in California and Arizona!

Above is a link to Episode 3, which is in full HD on Vimeo.  I hope you’ll watch it, and if you have a Vimeo account, leave us a comment!


PS:  Visit The Paint Shop Facebook Page and Like it if you like it!

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