Mike Wolfe faced a lot of rejection before American Pickers found fame. And when he finally landed a deal with the History Channel, his reality show was an instant success. In a 2013 interview, Wolfe explained that when he finally made it in the show biz, he felt like he had been “shot out of a cannon.”
Mike Wolfe is one of the most “ordinary” people on television. He’s a self-made man who is true to his roots. And he definitely doesn’t live a flashy life.
When Wolfe started becoming a household name, it was surreal. While talking to Script Magazine’s Jeanne Veillette Bowerman, Wolfe remembered how strange he felt during the first season of American Pickers. And he recalled the moment he realized that he could be a star one day.
“I remember this one time Frank and I were driving down the road when we were filming season one and said, ‘Isn’t it going to be weird if we get to the point where people ask for our autographs?'” he said with a laugh. “And it was at first, and then you kind of just sink into it all.”
Mike Wolfe Credits Fans for the Success of ‘American Pickers’
At the time of Wolfe’s Script interview, he had been a star for three years. But the fame never got to his head. The reality show host was—and still is—humble. And most importantly, Wolfe never forgets that his fans are the whole reason he was able to follow his passions and bring American Pickers to television. So he shows them his appreciation whenever he can.
“For me, I’ve been self-employed for 26 years. I’m all about the business of things, how things work, what the benefits are, trying to connect the dots regarding relationships,” Wolfe told Bowerman. “Having said that, it’s recognizing every single person I meet on the street or wherever it is, if they come up to me and like the show, they are the ones writing my check. Every single day I realize that.”
And after three years, the reality of his new life still hadn’t sunk in. He told Bowerman that sometimes he’s still shocked over how drastically his life changed in a few short years. And the experience was similar to “being shot out of a cannon.”
“I still will come home to my house here in Nashville and will look around and I think, ‘God, am I living someone else’s life?'” he continued. “My life has changed so much in the last three years; it’s like being shot out of a cannon. I mean you couldn’t have taken two more ordinary people and put the spotlight on them. And then have the public enjoy it so much.”