Big Brother is back and looking for the next big winner. To apply, the process looks easy breezy – just go their website, fill out the form, upload a video and wait for that call, right?
Not so fast.
Yes, they’ve streamlined the application process – but that isn’t to make it easier on you.
It’s to make it easier on them.
When I cast Survivor, I used to have nightmares about opening another paper cut causing envelope, stuffed with a paper cut causing application. It sucked. But it did give applicants a lot more leeway to get creative with their application process – and that can really go a long way when applying to a reality show.
But that’s no longer the case. Now – they don’t let you go back and edit so you have just ONE SHOT to fill the application out online. Here’s a little piece of advice – DON’T DO THAT!
Here’s what I mean by that: don’t just sit at your computer and fill it in like you’re ordering a pizza online — NO! — take your time. Type up your answers in a word document and then, only when you’re 100% satisfied with all of your responses, copy and paste them into the online application. I’d also advise that before you do any copying and pasting, you sleep on your answers and revisit them in the morning to see if you can come up with something even more amazing to say about yourself. Remember, you only get one shot.
Obviously, you’ll need to create an application video before you do any of this. So give yourself more than enough time to get this done and done right. Don’t wait until the night before the deadline closes, or you’ll create a video and application that look like you did them the night before the deadline closed. What kind of message do you think that’s going to send to the casting associate reviewing your ‘work’ here in LA?
Wishing you the best of luck and hope I see you on my TV soon. Go forth and prosper!!
P.S. – In a few weeks, I’ll be launching a book I wrote full of my Casting Director insider tips and tricks to teach how you can get cast on any reality show. If you’d like to be the first to hear about it when it comes out, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
P.P.S. – Check out this really great Spreecast web call that I was a part of with Big Brother 10 winner, Dan Gheesling. This guy has been there, done that – and WON BIG!
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