David, Enjoyed your piece and I can relate. Can I ever! I am a chef and I played one on television. I started by doing a half-hour cable access show in Memphis, Tennessee. (I was invited to do it). I did that for about a year. One day I received a call from the director of programming at the local CBS affiliate - Channel 3. He asked me if I'd like to do a regular segment on their local morning show. He said there would be no pay initially, but they would pay for ingredients and I could plug projects, books etc. The show was canceled after about six months. (The host went on to do a children's show on the local PBS station). But, I wasn't canceled. They asked me to do short segments for the noon news. Sent a location truck to shoot them at my school (The Memphis Culinary Academy). That worked well for a year or so. Then I noticed my segments were being sponsored. I asked about that and if any revenue was coming in. They said yes, and they would figure out how much of it I was entitled to. Six more months. No revenue. About this time in conjunction with a friend of mine who did video and had an advertising agency, we made a demo tape and sent it to the Food network at their request. Also about that time the Food Network got rid of their programming director and the focus switched from wanting a professional to wanting "home" style stuff. So, that went nowhere. My friend suggested I change channels - to the local ABC affiliate - Channel 13. The program director offered me a spot on the noon news with the munificent stipend of $25.00 per show. Hey, it was $25,00 more than I was getting. I took it. Then he asked me if I would do a restaurant review thing for the evening news, too. I said sure. I didn't really review them. I went in,talked to the chef, cooked with him/her and then sat down and ate. Then they canceled the noon news. I sensed the station might be in a wee bit of trouble. They were. So, he asked me if I would do a segment on their morning show. Cook a little and be part of the panel and sit around and rap. I did and enjoyed it. Then they canceled the morning show. Then they sold the station. Then they canceled the evening news. I've never been personally canceled. But, I am beginning to wonder about the coincidence of every show I've ever been a part of being canceled. I bathe regularly.