Calling All Crafters: Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s New Show Needs You!
I’m attempting to quell my excitement about this news, but I’ll continue to squeal on the inside.
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are teaming up for a new television series.
You probably know the duo from “Parks and Recreation” as Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson, which I know entirely too much about as I’ve been binge-watching “Parks and Recreation” since writing about Galentine’s Day. (I have three episodes left. In the whole series.)
On Tuesday, NBC ordered “The Handmade Project,” an unscripted competition series co-hosted by Poehler and Offerman.
Each episode will feature contestants who make handmade, DIY projects based on different themes. Expert judges, including Poehler and Offerman, will then name a champ.
Are Poehler and Offerman qualified to judge crafters, you ask? Poehler claims to be a crafting novice, so she appreciates anything made by hand.
Offerman is the best-selling author of a book on woodworking (yup, a real-life Ron Swanson) and owns Offerman Woodshop in LA.
“People who make things are my favorite kind of folk,” Offerman said about the new series. “Practical, clever and terrific in a pinch. That makes me tickled pink to have a front row seat at this prodigious display of talent, and admiring and cheering on an amazing crop of American makers.”
If You Craft, Consider Applying to “The Handmade Project”
Do you craft? (Admittedly, I cross stitch as I watch “Parks and Recreation.”)
Right now, the series is actively recruiting crafters. According to the casting call, you can basically specialize in anything:
“You could be a household hacker, a DIY decorator, a quilter, knitter, furniture maker, a scrapbooker, basket weaver, needle pointer, cake decorator, wood worker, metal worker or welder, accessory or jewelry maker, doll maker, textile maker, shibori expert, potter, hand-builder, paper crafter, leather or denim worker, costume maker, an artisan or maker of any type… basically any super creative person who loves making things by hand…”
The casting call doesn’t specify what champions win, but you’ll definitely get free marketing on national television, which is a valuable tool if you own any type of business -- including an Etsy shop.
The application is open to anyone. Even minors can apply, provided they do so through a parent or guardian.
Fill out the application online.
Your Turn: What do you like to make?
Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Landing a spot on the show to meet Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman would be worth it for her.