Unlike an FAQ, an SAQ is a question you SHOULD be asking, but might not know to ask. So, instead of asking What Reality TV Shows Are Casting?, you SHOULD be asking: What Reality TV Show Is Right For Me?
If you think you can armpit fart your way into a casting director’s heart, think again.
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When you do, you’ll get a bunch of what I hope are cool free extra bonuses. I’m not saying they’ll be a double date with Arie and Sean, but I’m not saying they won’t be, either.*
*(They won’t be.)
This will either inspire you or make you mad.
Pauly D – the gel gobbling guido of Jersey Shore – is making SERIOUS money as a DJ these days.
Forbes Magazine just released the list of the World’s Highest-Paid DJs, and DJ Pauly D is on the list… to the tune of $11 Million Dollars.
“…In the number seven spot is none other than “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D, who makes a fist-pumping (or some might actually say depressing) $11 million a year for his DJing appearances. That sort of money can buy a lot of hair gel and tanning-booth visits.
According to Yahoo!: Pauly D, as he is known in the club circuit, has made some real in-roads in the EDM world, signing a three-album deal with 50 Cent’s G-Unit record label; launching his own line of headphones; opening for Britney Spears on her North American Femme Fatale tour; serving as an exclusive resident DJ at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas; and starring in a spin-off MTV reality series, “The Pauly D Project,” about his burgeoning DJ career.
Lemme ask you this: Do you think there is ANY WAY IN HELL Pauly D would have risen to this kind of stardom if not for his stint on Jersey Shore?
So, are you ready to get cast on a reality show yet?
Yesterday I posted in the IAmA section of Reddit opening up the lines of communication for anyone on there with questions for a Reality TV Casting Director. I got some really great questions, so I thought I’d post some here.
Q: If your last name is Hantz do you automatically get cast?
A: Basically. (No. But nepotism is pretty big right now. A recognizable name can get you pretty far.)
Q: How many Survivor’s are recruited versus people who sent an audition tape in?
A: Here’s a little history – the first season of Survivor yielded a few thousand applicants. Season two – 100K. Now, it gets up around 10-20K or so, depending on the season. Moral of this story – don’t apply for season two of a popular show!! (Here’s more on that in a video Q&A.)
Q: Got any juicy insider stuff from American Idol? It’s been a huge part of American TV for so long, gotta be some doozies.
A: Idol.. oh Idol… it’s such a strange beast. I never cast the show, but I have had friends that have auditioned… and it ain’t pretty. I have a friend who auditioned for the show in Pasadena at The Rose Bowl one year. He is a really good singer. Trained. Degreed. The works.
He waited over 12 hours in the hot sun for a chance to sing. When it was his turn, he got about 15 seconds in front of an Intern or PA (Note: a “PA” is the lowest rung on the television production ladder you can be. These people are hired at a day rate to keep the “cattle” in line. They have no eye for talent. They are just bodies paying their dues to learn something about the business.)
When he started singing, the PA’s phone rang and the PA picked it up, proceeding to talk through Mike’s entire audition. Do you think my friend got through to the next round? Hell no! The next five people in line had the same fate.
Q: Do you outline set of roles that you want to fill before you begin casting (ex: instigatory religious nut, competitive asshole, relatable family man etc.)
A: Depending on the show, we have an general idea of the types we are looking for. We start with broad strokes and then narrow them down as we start cobbling together finalists. You always need a hero and villain – often multiple. But the type of hero or villain often depends on the pool of applicants – so that’s where we get the extreme peeps – and then we try and find their opposite to create drama.
Q: Do you try to portray the people differently based on editing to enhance your show and if so do you try and make people look worse than they are?
A: Editors are gods in reality TV, they can make or break ya. But… the person being edited is giving the editor all the fodder they need. So if you’re Crazy, you’ll look even crazier once they add the music and the reaction shots and such. It just depends on the show. People generally end up looking worse (or at least different) from what they thought they would be. When I was on a show – they REALLY wanted me to cry – but I wouldn’t do it. So what they did was during a break in shooting I was sitting on a couch looking off into the distance pondering life, wearing my natural expression – a frown. They secretly filmed that and, during editing, added all the sappy music in to make it look like i was the verge of tears in the final edit.
Q: The people on Cash Cab aren’t ACTUALLY picked up on the street? They’re CASTED?!
A: Yup. We cast them… but it was STILL a game show and they still had NO IDEA that they were getting into the Cash Cab, so we had to be sneaky. We cast people because the Qs are SO HARD that we needed to vet them first to see if they could handle them. Basically the people thought they got cast on a totally different show and when we would meet them to film that show, we’d be like “Oh, we changed locations, get in this cab and we’ll meet you up there. and BAM. the game began.” And, sometimes, randomly, they would just take in regular peeps off the street.
And last but not least, one guy thought I might know the answer to this quandary:
Q: Is it wrong that I get an erection while pooping?
A: It would be wrong if you didn’t.
Hope that was helpful!
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There are SO many ways to get cast on Reality TV these days. You can go to an Open Call near your home, apply via Online Submission, get recruited right off the street, or submit to a notice you run across on the web. All of these take a little legwork and – in the case of creating an audition video - a lot of time.
So today I want to help you streamline your Reality TV audition process and share with you a few really great websites that offer up a ton of Reality TV casting notices in one place, for free, everyday.
Who loves you? (That’s right: ME. :))
Based out of New Zealand, StarNow is a top website for actors, musicians, models and reality TV hopefuls. It’s a great source to get info on Auditions and Casting Notices – and to put a profile up for Casting Directors to find you for projects. They are HUGE in the UK, Australia and New Zealand and are getting really big here in the US. They vet all of their notices to make sure they are legit and you can sign up for FREE right here. (They also have paid subscriptions starting at like $5 bucks a month that give you a ton of bells and whistles). These guys are going to be HUGE in the US very soon, so it definitely behooves you get signed up with them sooner rather than later.
These guys have been around for quite a while, offering up daily casting notices and a community to connect to other hopefuls to further increase the likelihood that you’ll get cast on a show. They have a voting system where other members can vote up their favorite people to get more exposure on the site. They also have interviews and videos featuring ex-Reality TV stars and industry folks offering up advice. The site is a little busy looking at times, but it has a ton of good info. Sign up for a free membership HERE, and you can also get a paid membership, too, at varying levels and prices.
This site is pretty quirky. It’s started out pretty small and is now getting bigger and bigger. The bulk of what it offers are notices for Industry Gigs, Music Gigs and Casting Gigs. They also are a good place to see what Events are happening around LA – and they usually offer a discount on entrance. It’s free to sign up HERE, and you’ll get daily emails with all the happenings. This site has the fewest Reality TV casting calls of the three I’ve mentioned, but it still has really great ones to choose from and offers a lot of info.
There are a TON more I could list, but these are the three I am most excited about these days – for both looking for talent for shows I’m casting and for the way they are helping people with their reality TV dreams.
Go forth and make magic happen!
THE PRICE IS RIGHT IS LOOKING NATIONWIDE FOR ITS FIRST MALE MODEL!
If you’re like me, then this is a dream come true! Who wouldn’t want to be a model on The Price Is Right?!
Here are the DEETS:
The longest-running game show in history, CBS The Price Is Right, is launching its first-ever male model search with portions of the vetting process airing as a web series! At the end of the search, one lucky guy will be selected to join the Price Is Right team!
You must be at least 21 years of age.
You must bring a recent head and body shot photos to the interview…. which are:
Wednesday, August 15th – 3:00PM – 5:00PM
Friday, August 17th – 5:00PM – 7:00PM
4000 W. Alameda Ave, 4th Floor. Burbank, CA
On Sept. 28, as up to six finalists will be announced on The Price Is Right, and the five-episode web series will launch (at PriceIsRight.com and YouTube.com/PriceIsRight), showing the hopefuls engaging in assorted challenges. Viewers will then have until Oct. 4 to vote for their pick!
Remember… dreams do come true on this show:
Ripped from the headlines of Page Six:
An upcoming book by Dianne Burnett, ex of “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett, says there was so much sex on the show’s set, it should’ve been called “Camp Lust” or “Infidelity Isle.”
Affairs among crew members were sprouting like mushrooms in a moist cow patch,” she writes in “The Road to Reality.” She adds, “The unwritten motto was: ‘What plays on the island, stays on the island.’
Dianne was married to Mark for 13 years before their divorce in 2006, and she says she was the “support system,” “connector” and “cheerleader” who came up with the title “Survivor.”
She details in the book — out Sept. 18 from Agape Media, and subtitled, “Voted Off the Island! My Journey as a Real-Life Survivor” — how Burnett swept her off her feet and they started a family while traveling the world.
But, the show’s “popularity was a double-edged sword.” By the second season in Australia, she says, “I noticed around then that he was no longer wearing his wedding ring.” Yet, “I didn’t even seriously consider that my marriage might be entirely over until Howard Stern clued me in,” Dianne writes about a 2002 interview when “Stern asked [Mark], ‘You’re still married?’ . . . There was a really, really long pause.”
She says that after the third “Survivor” season in Africa, Mark told her he wasn’t returning home but, “going to ‘hike a mountain with the guys’ . . . I later heard that the only mountain Mark had gone to climb was Mount Twenty-Something: apparently, he’d flown in a young woman . . . and had taken her on a safari.”
Burnett, now wed to actress Roma Downey, declined to comment. But he’s adamantly denied Dianne’s involvement with “Survivor,” telling the Hollywood Reporter, “If she did so much, so long ago, where are all her new shows?”
Dianne — who’s launched the Web site The Other Side and a new drink, Mulberry Love — told us: “I’m not taking away anything Mark has done, but I know what I contributed . . . People may think, ‘Why the heck is she doing this now?’ I had to take time for my heart and soul to heal.”
When I worked at Survivor – we called this sort of stuff “showmance.”
Bruce Jenner may be the most famous Olympian turned Reality TV star, but there are quite a few other Olympic Athletes that turned their medals into TV gold.
Thanks to MSN’s The Clicker, here’s an interesting look at these handful of hard working superstar athletes.
As the 2012 Olympic hopefuls go for the glory in London and move on to their own reality TV efforts, let’s take a look at some of the athletes who’ve already paved the primetime way and the shows that gave them a shot.
‘Dancing With the Stars’
No reality show can boast as big a list of Olympic participants as the ballroom bash. Gold, silver and bronze medalists, “DWTS” has had them all, and several have even moved on to mirror-ball trophy glory. Speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno was the season-four champ, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi dominated season six and gymnast Shawn Johnson triumphed in season eight. (Both Apolo and Shawn will be competing in the “All Stars” edition this fall.) Other Olympians who have shown off their fancy (and sometimes not so fancy) footwork include Misty May-Treanor, Maurice Greene, Natalie Coughlin, Evan Lysacek, Sugar Ray Leonard and Hope Solo.
‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’
When thinking about Olympic athletes on reality TV, the “world’s greatest athlete,” Bruce Jenner, immediately springs to mind. The man not only won a gold medal for the U.S. at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, he also set a world record with his 8,634 points. Since 2007, Bruce — married to Kardashian matriarch Kris — has been featured on the E! network’s popular reality show as well as its spin-offs. He’s shown mostly playing dad, but from time to time, offers tales and words of wisdom from his days as an Olympian. But Bruce isn’t the only person on the show and its spin-offs who’s competed in the games. His son-in-law/basketball star Lamar Odom – Khloe’s husband — played at the 2004 games and helped the team win bronze.
A lot of hard work goes into getting ready for an event like the Olympics — then again, there is no other event like the Olympics. That’s why when the world’s premier athletes take the field, they’re usually in the finest physical form of their lives. After the games? Things can change. That’s a fact Rulon Gardner, the man who took the gold for the U.S. in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2000 and the bronze for the same event in 2004, knows well. In 2011, after weighing in at 442 pounds, he found himself in need of the sort of training that he could get on “The Biggest Loser” ranch. While there, he lost more than 140 pounds before distinguishing himself as the very first player to quit the competition. Another past Olympian starred on the show too. Former “Loser” trainer and retired pro tennis player Anna Kournikova competed in the 1996 games on the Russian tennis team.
‘Be Good, Johnny Weir’
Sure, some Olympians sign on to appear in established reality shows when the competition wraps, but then there’s figure skater Johnny Weir, who followed up his 2010 Winter Olympics performances with his very own show. The Sundance Channel’s eight-part docuseries “Be Good, Johnny Weir” followed the life of the charismatic ice star. But that’s far from Weir’s only reality TV experience. In fact, he’s just as much of a workaholic on the small screen as he is in the rink. He gave comedian Kathy Griffin skating lessons on “My Life on The D-List,” was as a regular pro panelist on ABC’s short-lived “Skating With the Stars,” served as a guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and appeared on “The Rachel Zoe Project” and “Say Yes to the Dress.” Whew!
Summer Sanders, who won several medals for swimming at the 1992 Summer Games, like Johnny, didn’t limit herself to just one reality show. Since her Olympic days, the swimmer has participated in three reality programs. Of her stints competing on TV, she lasted the longest on season three of “Celebrity Apprentice.” Going up against the likes of Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne and Rod Blagojevich, she ended up lasting eight weeks on the show and raised $45,000 for her charity. She also cooked on Team Rachael for Food Network’s “Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off,” and was eliminated in episode four of six. Summer also hosted Fox’s “Skating With Celebrities” in 2006.
What 2012 London Games athletes would YOU like to see on a reality TV show? Mine would be Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh on The Amazing Race. Just think of how much ass they would kick!
WHY DO YOU WANT TO GO ON REALITY TV?
Is if for the money? The fame? Love? A new kitchen? People have their reasons. And so do I. Watch this video to find out WHY I WENT ON WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE… the answer might surprise you.
And yes, I did win some money.
Whether you are dying to get on Big Brother Canada (which a lot of my loyal visitors are!), want to be the next JWoww on your own version of Jersey Shore, have a talent like singing and realize that alone isn’t enough to get you cast on American Idol/X Factor/The Voice, or have no idea what show you want to be on and could use a book that tells you exactly where to start your search, I’d really love it if you checked out my new book Me On TV: The First Ever Kick-Ass Guide To Get You On Any Reality Show.
CLICK HERE for a free LOOK INSIDE courtesy of Amazon and kick the tires a bit before you decide. I’m really proud of it and know you’ll not only gain insight into this wacky world, but the confidence to thrive in it!
I started The Bitchlorette blog in 2010 as a way to share my knowledge and expertise on all things reality TV.
As a reality television casting director who’s been in the biz for ten years, I have extensive experience under my belt on lots of different types of shows – competition, dating, game shows, wedding, animals, etc. I know tons of things about the inner workings of reality TV that seem so “no duh” to me after all these years, but it surprises and delights me when I share one of these tidbits of insight with someone who wants to get on TV and they are like: “WOW! I had no idea THAT’S how to do it!”
I know I’m not curing diseases or solving world hunger, but my career in reality TV has been highly fulfilling, especially when I get to help make people’s dreams come true. And I am very happy and proud to tell you all that I’ve written a book about it – and it’s FINALLY available on Amazon!
In fact, it’s a #1 BEST SELLER!!!!
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