When Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz first started out on American Pickers, they had an exhausting film schedule. But thanks to a steady crew, they were able to get better hours.
During season one of American Pickers, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz worked a devastating schedule. The guys would head out for picks and be on the road for up to eight weeks at a time. Then when they finally got to head home and see their families, they’d only get a couple of days off.
On a good stretch, Mike and Frank would only work six weeks at a time and then have one week off. Obviously, they couldn’t keep working those hours if they wanted to survive.
“We were just wanting to kill each other, ya know?” Mike told an audience at a book signing in 2013.
But thanks to a solid team, the stars managed to get down to a more manageable schedule after a few years. Mike said it was only possible because he had a crew that had been with him from the start.
“We’ve been very blessed with our crew,” he shared. “We have a lot of people that have been with us since the beginning, which is very unusual because in television—they’re always rotating people. Basically, people are like independent contractors. So you have your cameramen, your soundmen, your directors. everybody just kind of works for themselves. And they go from gig to gig to gig.”
However, American Pickers managed to snag a permanent cameraman, soundman, and team that decided to dedicate all of their time to the show. So, they didn’t have to plan road trips with crew members who were working multiple jobs.
And now, Mike works a pleasant “two weeks on and two weeks off” job.
‘American Pickers’: Why Danielle Colby Says Picking Is ‘Not for the Faint of Heart’
Picking for a living may look like a glamourous job, but “it isn’t for the faint of heart.” Just ask American Pickers star, Danielle Colby.
When American Pickers debuted on the History Channel, it created a nationwide legion of picker wannabes. But according to an interview with Wolfe’s counterpart, Danielle Colby, not many people are cut out for the job.
Picking requires an exhausting level of dedication. And on top of that, the gig can be dangerous. Mike often works inside decrepit buildings that could crumble at any moment. And because of that, Colby isn’t concerned that the fad will lead to an increase in competition for her series.
“I don’t think that enough people have enough drive to do – it’s a very hard job,” Colby told interviewer, Sebastian Tabany. “So, I think that a lot of people who probably start doing it realize how dirty and sweaty and demanding the job is and at that point will just probably back away from doing it. And then we come in.”