Former QVC host Ron Maestri wants back on the Q and has posted an audition tape on You Tube. Seems like everyone wants back on QVC after they leave, doesn't it?
Here's what Ron had to say about the tape:
Remember me? I was a QVC Program Host from 1996-1999 selected from over 5000 candidates in a nationwide talent search. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, producing/directing very successful national celebrity infomercials. Chosen "as a refreshing change for QVC" because of my out-going fun personality, I proudly joined the staff. My favorite shows to host (and most successful, if I do say so myself) were cook shows. Others included electronics (I sold 500 computer TSV's at 5AM; slam dunked a breadmaker TSV and kicked off a very successful presentation of a new steam/carpet cleaning machine).
In addition to cookware, I worked very closely with buyers for other product categories including fashion, gold, Diamonique, various around the house items, collectables and outdoor on-air presentations. I was the roving road warrior for "Extreme Shopping", QVC's breakout latenight series.
So why did I leave?
Times changed. Attitudes changed and it was for the best at that time.
Today, I've have come full circle and firmly believe I was meant to return once again to QVC, where I would stay for the rest of my career. I hope you and they would agree.
But whether it's me or someone else, just know that becoming a program host for QVC is the greatest privilege one could ever have.
Ron also worked on the short-lived QVC spin off, Q2, the Shop-At-Home Network, and the Gem Shopping Network, so this definitely ain't his first home shopping rodeo.
Steve Bryant, who worked with Ron at the Q and Shop-At-Home, wrote a glowing review of Ron on his website (there's also a goofy video of them doing a mock hurricane report for the weather channel).
Check out Ron's website here and scroll down to watch all the videos. There's a great one from QVC's Halloween special--and by great I mean high-quality QVC cheese! Love it!
Although I wish Ron the best, it seems to me that the Q has been trying desperately to woo the young, female viewers and has subsequently been hiring young, female hosts every chance they get. Is there a place for Ron or hosts like him at QVC today or has the terrain shifted too much over the last decade?