I received an email today from a producer of a new home show looking for volunteers with a troublesome room in their house that they want renovated... for free! A prerequisite is that you must own your place and be within 35 miles of NYC. You can read the rest in the boilerplate below:
Do you (or someone you know) have a bland or boring room? Does it not reflect your personality or style? Does it fill you with shame? We're looking for unique and interesting homeowners, who have a boring room they'd like to see transformed. Right now a national network is casting an exciting new home makeover show in New York City and the surrounding area. We need fun and energetic homeowners. And in exchange for letting us into your home to film, we’ll bring in our professional designer and team of craftsmen to give it a complete overhaul. In the end you’ll have a room that you’ll love to show off, and it won’t cost you a dime. Send us a video (or at least an email with photos) and tell us about yourself and your family. Tell us a little about about your interests and style, and why it’s time for a change. Don’t forget to take us on a quick tour of your home and neighborhood. Email us at email@example.com Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!
I've been the bridesmaid (but never the bride) in a few of these reality shows so I know that you'll have a better chance of a positive response if you send a full description of your project, with video and photos, an interesting back story and a picture of yourself too as you'll probably be on camera.