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Paula Deen, Food Network's queen of Southern cuisine, and Carson Kressley, the feisty fashionista from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, know a little something about the homeshopping business.

Paula took her love of food to QVC, where she sells everything from cookbooks to Smithfield hams! Carson's passion for fashion inspired him to create his own clothing line, Perfect, which he launched on QVC in November 2006.

Now, Paula's and Carson's products are some of the shopping network's biggest hits!

After years of entertaining audiences on hit shows, Carson and Paula are comfortable pitching products to millions. What advice do they have for finalists facing the cameras for the first time?

"The most important thing is to have fun," Paula says.

Carson says the final eight shouldn't think of their time in the spotlight as a sales pitch. "You're telling a love story," he says. "You've invented this product and you know everything about it. Don't worry about selling it. Worry about loving it and telling everybody how great it is."
FROM: Oprah's Search for the Next Big Idea
Published on January 01, 2006


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