This has been ask enough, and since this thread on our forum was put up I have had alot of emails http://www.freeforum101.com/charlesneil/viewtopic.php?t=1999&highlight=tommy&mforum=charlesneil
not to mention the number of views and they are mostly from guest… so I just wanted to address it and be done with it.
First let me say , thank you for all your support, now let me say, that’s how I like it, me and you…
I enjoy the personal contact, I enjoy “helping”, alot…. have told you many times before not looking to be famous or some sort of celebrity… just doesn’t fit me in the least , When I do a product or tool video, it’s a means to an end, I do it for ‘revenue” to support the educational side, but I also retain the right to refuse , and trust me I do, and now days I don’t do much of any, which I am fine with.
One of the things I have really come to enjoy , is finding small folks who make great products,and introducing them to you , like Monster Woodshop, Industrial Abrasives, Hamilton tools, and coming shortly “Integra” saw blades and sharpening service, ( just killer guys, visited them in NY.), these are folks who do superior work… like painters pyramids, and Work sharp, and Horton Brasses, and General Finishes… and I KNOW that.. because I use them all the time….
Here in lies the point , I have a woodworking business, our DVD”S and our little store, our weekly show , and I am happy with it, and it grows some everyday… I stay busy with client commissions, and all the other, and answer emails and so forth , for me its a personal thing… Just how it is.
T.V. serves 1 purpose .. to sell, that’s why there are commercials, entertainment is provided to increase viewers, thus increasing the commercial cost, simple as that, in the case of PBS, product recognition IS the commercial….. No matter what , its purpose is to sell product or services… I am not interested… I like where I am at.
Norm made some $ , I imagine, but not too many other’s have managed to do so, you have to understand, the folks who watch woodworking shows , don’t buy furniture normally, so the expanded awareness doesn’t help your sales, might boost your ego, but . what happens when the show ends, know what I mean… and this is just my personal thinking…
If at 57 I spent 3 years with some TV show, and it ended , what would I have, if by the same token , I continue to develop my DVD’s, build for clients, develop my products, and so forth, where do you think I would do the best…. I know the numbers… it doesn’t pay all that well and there is alot of time demand…I guess if you want to be a personality, and that appeals to you its fine.
I would also have to be honest and say I would not choose me for TV , beside’s the ageing thing, I have worked for myself all my life, and while I take instruction well, I don’t take direction too well, did that make sense ? Hope So
So in a nut shell .. here is what disqualifies me for TV.
I have a job, and I am too old, overweight, and cantankerous at times
PS Sherri and Crystal both told me not to write this and to leave it alone… 🙂 nuff said !