A year ago this was only a dream. We couldn’t imagine that a year after we had an idea for SUM interchangeable sunglasses, that we would have an opportunity to not only be on Good Morning America, but also have the chance to pitch our glasses to Shark Tank’s very own Kevin O’Leary.
I remember in the early days of Sum Company, I would dream about what it would be like to stand in front of one of the sharks and have an opportunity to pitch to them. Well, on May 8th I got to taste a sliver of that dream when I pitched SUM glasses on National TV to over 5 Million people.
The morning of, GMA sent a car to pick me up around 5 in the morning. I was up, thanks to my 20 alarms set and paranoia of sleeping through them.
Once I got to the studios, I was brought to the Green Room where Darren and Lisa we’re already waiting. With a lot of adrenaline running through me, I worked on my pitch.
The segment was moved outdoors which was great because it was an absolutely beautiful morning(especially for Sum Glasses!)
This was my first opportunity to run through the pitch. After one run through, I felt I had my pitch down. It really had dawned on me just how big of a spotlight would be on me on LIVE tv. We went back upstairs for a bit where I could practice, before heading downstairs for the BIG moment.
When the producer told me to walk out, I kind of entered a zone. I practiced my pitch and I felt comfortable and confident that I could make Kevin O’Leary impressed in 25(they cut it down) seconds.
Once the producer told me to walk out, it was show time. I looked Kevin straight in the face(behind my mirror lenses) and I gave him one of the quickest pitches and interchanged my glasses.
A minute later, both myself and my competition stood in front of Kevin as he gave his reasoning behind which item he liked more.
At first, I thought he was about to say the other guy because too many sunglass players in the industry, but to my surprise, he chose me!
He really liked the glasses and we won the “Shark Tank Your Life” segment! Once it was over, everyone was congratulating me. My phone was off the rails and my adrenaline was pumping 1000 miles an hour.
It was one of the best experiences of my life.