Whoever said, “Time flies when you’re having fun” was right. I can’t believe it’s been eleven years since Holmes on Homes first aired!
Over the last ten years, I must have received hundreds of thousands of letters and emails. Maybe millions. And each one of those letters was from someone who needed help. That’s a lot of people and a lot of problems for just one guy. So how do I choose which jobs to take on? That’s probably one of the most popular questions I get asked. Answering it isn’t always easy.
First, plenty of things go into choosing, and it’s always a moving target. But it usually comes down to three things: The job, the story and the people. So far I’ve developed three series: Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes it Right. Holmes on Homes focused on homeowners who had been screwed over by a contractor. Holmes Inspection was about helping people who had
been screwed over by a home inspector. But now with Holmes Makes it Right, there are no limits to the jobs. And the more different and unusual, the better.
When you have a successful television show there’ s always the fear of repetition. If one week an episode airs where I’m redoing a kitchen for victims of a scam, I’m getting hundreds of emails about kitchen scams the next week after everyone’s seen it. But once I’ve done one type of job I need something different. Give me a job that’s unique, in some way, from other things I’ve done. Give me a story.
I’m open to all kinds of projects. Big, small, homes, cottages, playgrounds, barns — doesn’t matter. I want to do it all. But more important than the job is the story behind the job. Ideally, we want big stories, not so big projects. Rip offs and scams are the meat and potatoes — people love stories with villains. But Brian, our story producer, reviews every letter and sees the bigger picture. He operates on gut instincts. He’s also the show’s biggest fan. So if he thinks a story has potential — no matter what anyone else says — I’m sniffing it out. If the job fits the schedule we meet the people involved. Remember, this is television. That means my story producer is looking for people who can tell a story. Let me give you an example.
The first episode of Holmes Makes it Right was a seriously bad roof job. But we didn’t choose the story because of that. We chose it because when I met the homeowners it was magic. They were funny, interesting, cute as hell, and the circumstances around their roof was never seen before on TV. Most of all, they absolutely needed my help in a big way.
Bottom line: It’s about ‘needs’ versus ‘wants’. There are many people who ‘want’ my help and then there are people who really ‘need’ it — people that have no other options. They’ve got nowhere else to turn. Tell me what the stakes are. What will happen if you don’t get my help?
Like I said, I am just one guy. I can only help so many people. But your story could have what it takes to be a Holmes Makes it Right episode. If you’ve been done wrong, tell me about it by going to makeitright.ca/castingcall. You never know, I might just show up to make it right!