(March 15, 2019) Ocean City real estate agent Chelsea Tull was worried her appearance on HGTV’s “How Close Can I Beach?” would never air.
That’s not a concern anymore. Tull learned last weekend that her television debut is set for Sunday at 8:30 p.m., which sparked a new set of emotions.
“It’s going to be weird to see and hear myself on TV,” Tull, 26, an Ocean City resident and third-year agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on 122nd Street, said. “I don’t know what to expect at all. I’m a little nervous, but excited at the same time.”
The 30-minute episode, entitled “Breezy Boardwalk Dreams,” will feature Tull guiding an Annapolis couple that, according to the show’s website “is tired of dealing with traffic and wants to move full-time to Ocean City,” through a search for their new coastal home.
They evaluated three comparably-priced properties — a beachfront home in midtown, another within walking distance of the beach on the north end of Ocean City, and a third in Ocean Pines.
The couple had to choose how close to the beach they wanted to live and how much they were willing to spend in order to, as the show’s website states, “give their kids the same positive experiences that come with living near the world-famous Boardwalk and gorgeous beaches.”
Tull couldn’t disclose which home the couple chose since the episode hasn’t aired yet. But, the Prince George’s County native, who moved to Ocean City six years ago, fondly recalled the four-day stretch in June 2018 when normal everyday work life met the unique world of television.
“The questions I asked them are real questions I would ask any client. So, it wasn’t too hard after a while getting used to that,” she said. “It was just the part [where] you had to redo [takes] over and over again. Saying the same lines [more than once] was a bit different.”
Tull was in the right place with the right clients last March, when HGTV officials contacted a Coldwell Banker colleague in search of clients looking for a home in a specific price range.
“She didn’t have anyone at that time, so she passed it on to me,” Tull said. “I happened to have a younger couple in the price range they were looking for. I thought I would ask them if they would be open to it, and they were thankfully.”
After a couple of interviews with HGTV staff, Tull and her clients secured their chance to make their television debuts. Then they played the waiting game for nearly nine months, which seemed longer each time Tull contacted HGTV to learn when the episode would air.
The official word came last Sunday, which wasn’t soon enough for Tull to plan a big viewing party with family, friends and clients, but enough time for the nerves inside to build until showtime arrives.
Until now, her lone on-screen experiences have been alongside Coldwell Banker colleague Kimii Leizure on their Facebook Live workshop, “Millennials on the Move,” which covers informative real-estate topics.
But television is uncharted territory for Tull.
“I’m pretty nervous. I’m not going to lie. I’ve never seen myself on television before,” she said. “I thought I would have a little bit more time to get ready. I don’t have time to do anything, plan anything.”