So it’s been a little over a year since we taped our Shark Tank episode in July 2013, and it’s only natural to ask how this all happened???
Well, let’s *REWIND* to December 2012 when we submitted #MonkeyMat to ABC’s #SharkTank casting website, which felt like hitting send into a cyber black hole…!
We had cemented Shark Tank as a Monkey Mat goal for 2013 so, not thinking our online submission would ever even be read by human eyes, we started checking the website regularly for the in-person casting schedule to pick a city to go stand in line. We were shocked, not to mention ecstatic, when we received that unexpected phone call from #SharkTank casting late March 2013. Still pinching ourselves that we got the first call, we were almost in disbelief when we got a second call from a #SharkTank producer who found us on a blog! Thrilled to say the least, we diligently (and sometimes frantically given short turnaround times!) working through the various rounds of paperwork, video submissions and other hoops and challenges presented to make this dream a *REALITY*.
We waited patiently (not!) for the final call to come film, and we were over the moon when we found out that all of the prep had gotten us to that next critical step in the process. Just one minor detail…Courtney needed to pop out a baby and then make it to LA for the taping!! *Luckily* the producers were kind enough to accommodate these exceptional circumstances, so Courtney had all of 6 weeks after baby Max made his debut before packing up for LA. (Christie is still in awe reflecting back!)
The time around filming was a total whirlwind. We both agreed that, no matter what happened, it would be the *BEST* learning experience and we would be proud of what we had already accomplished (even it we got eaten alive by the Sharks)!
From the moment the doors opened and we walked down the hallway and into the “tank”, the whole experience felt just surreal. To actually BE in the setting we’d watched on tv countless times was indescribable…there wasn’t even time to absorb it all fully and realize that whatever happened as the cameras rolled (no pauses, no re-takes!) would (hopefully!) be watched by millions. The Sharks knew nothing about us, our product, our business until the questions started firing from all angles – intense to say the least. :) But, as always, we did our best to have fun with it!
The outcome of our swim was exactly what we had defined in advance as our ideal scenario – wild as it played out during filming! Becoming business partners with the two #Sharks we admired most, Mark Cuban & Lori Greiner, certainly checked the box on our 2013 Shark Tank goal!
After months of due diligence (not to mention constant replays in our head of the filming – almost an hour, versus the 10 minute segment that aired!) we finally closed our deal in November 2013. The most challenging part of the entire journey (ok, childbirth aside…) was actually keeping our secret until airing on April 4, 2014 (almost one year later!)!
We are so *EXCITED* to continue sharing our journey with those who have so graciously supported us…so please stay tuned for our update next week on “Life After the #Tank”!
Fun factoids about our #SharkTank filming: