1. Stand between two really lame people at the open casting call.
2. Wear something memorable but not crazy.
“Don’t wear a costume just to be silly,” explains Monson. “And don’t dress like a stockbroker if you work at K-Mart. You will just be uncomfortable and it will show.”
3. Wear something that flatters your figure and flaunts your personality.
“If you have big boobs, don’t wear a hoodie – show them off,” says Monson. “Same goes for that six pack, guys.”
4. Don’t make the producer’s job harder with your clothing.
Don’t wear any garments with visible logos. “They’ll have to be blurred out,” according to Monson. Also avoid wearing all black, all white, noisy jewelry or sports team logos.
5. Answer Your Phone.
Monson points out to make sure your phone accepts blocked and private numbers. She’s seen people miss out on a TV opportunity because the network couldn’t get ahold of them.
6. Amp up your energy in the waiting room.
“By the time us casting directors get around to interviewing you, we’re going to be tired,” Monson said. “We keep an eye on the waiting room to get a better idea of who people are, so always be on.”
7. If you’re nervous, be honest about it—or start drinking.
“Tell me you’re nervous,” Monson says. “It almost always releases the fear of being nervous so you can just be you.”"If that doesn’t work, go get a shot of whiskey and then come back!”
8. Use your flaws to your advantage.
Your imperfections could set you apart.”Do you have six toes? A lazy eye? Anger management issues? These are not deal breakers, by any means, ” says Monson. “They just might be the it factor we’re looking for.”
9. Pretend you’re presenting a movie trailer about your life.
“Think about it … the main reason a moviegoer wants to see any given movie is usually because they’ve seen a killer trailer!” Monson explains. “A trailer highlights all the best parts about the film, but leaves you hanging just enough to get you off your butt and go pay a premium to see it on the big screen.”
10. Use your audition to say who you are and aren’t.
The best way to do that is to think about a person who might be your polar opposite cast member, Monson tells us.”This will be your on-air nemesis … tell us who you think that might be because it helps us figure out how you would fit into the cast,” she explains.
11. Never make a tape just sitting in your room.
“Show us your world,” Monson says. “Nothing is more boring than you standing in front of a white wall or sitting at your computer, so take us around your house or to work.”
12. Never lie.
Monson says this is the biggest deal-breaker in the business. A criminal record or embarrassing past won’t make casting directors rule you out, but lying about them will.
13. Don’t babble.
Casting directors get bored easily, according to Monson. Pick a succinct script and stick to it.
14. Don’t be picky.
Monson shared a story of a friend who wanted to lose weight who skipped “The Biggest Loser” audition process, which is inundated with applications. The friend instead directed her attention to a smaller Discovery Channel show. She was cast and lost 80 pounds.
15. Don’t try to act stupid.
Monson says being fake is very obvious to the casting directors. They’re also not impressed by weird stunts.
16. Don’t hide your body.
“If you’re fat, own it,” Monson says. “If you have a six-pack, show it off.”
17. Form an opinion.
“You must have a strong opinion if you plan on getting cast on a reality show, so the sooner you form one, the better,” advises Monson. “It can be anything.”
18. Don’t overdo your application.
“Under no circumstances are you to give one word answers when filling out an application, but that doesn’t give you carte blanche to write a sequel to Gone With The Wind if the mood strikes you,” Monson warns.
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Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
Iain: What does it take for an actor to get ahead of the competition? Any tips?
Sarah: Have your story down. I call it your “personal sizzle reel.” Be able to pitch yourself as the perfect person for the project in 60 seconds or less. Tell a compelling story that will make me intrigued by who you are and leave me wanting to know more. Sometimes a Casting Director won’t even ask you any questions. They might just say: “Tell me about yourself.” You must have a compelling story and sell us on wanting to keep you around.
Check out my entire interview here: Tips from Prime Time Reality TV casting expert Sarah Monson
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?
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!
In the wacky world of reality TV, you just never know what shows might fit your situation. Case and point, my dear friend Jill just sent me this posting for a new show she’s working on. If you’re living in an awkward situation with a former sweetie, here’s your chance to get out of it!
CASTING COUPLES WHO ARE SEPARATED, DIVORCING OR DIVORCED AND STILL LIVING TOGETHER!
Are you or someone you know in a living situation because financially it’s too hard to go it alone? We’re casting people who are separated, getting a divorce or divorced and still living with their ex. Have you dreamt of pursuing a goal such as as performing, singing, dancing, cooking, changing careers or starting your own business, but you’re held back because of financial obligations with your divorce?
Do you want to move on with your life and your goals, but you can’t because of your ties and living arrangements with your ex? We can help!
This is a very thoughtful show for a major news network. Is it hard to move forward when you’re still trying to pay a mortgage or get out from being underwater on your payments? Are you stuck in a rental situation you can’t afford on your own? We want to hear everyone’s stories and help the people move forward in their lives and their goals.
Please feel free to e-mail this or share this with your friends or family members. This is a wonderful show that will explore the current state of relationships in this hard hit economy.
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Summer not only marks the season for a boatload of new reality TV shows to begin airing, it’s also high season for reality TV open calls for shows looking to air come Fall!
So, if you want to make THIS THE YEAR THAT YOU GET CAST ON THE REALITY TELEVISION SHOW OF YOUR DREAMS… take a look at this video for some helpful hints on HOW TO ACE YOUR OPEN CALL!
1. DON’T BABBLE (Check out this video for more on that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuDn1CNiuVU&feature=plcp)
2. FILL OUT YOUR APP AT HOME (Sign up for my FREE FIVE DAY COURSE at http://howdoigetonarealityshow.com/ to get info on how make your application ROCK!)
3. STAND IN BETWEEN TWO DUDS. Not dudes, DUDS. As in, boring people who can help make YOU look SUPER INTERESTING by proxy! IT WORKS!!
Now, go get ‘em!
Welp, I know what I’ll be doing this summer. Just look at all of these reality TV shows! LOVE!!
Here’s the full release schedule for you (Thank you, Reality Nation, for the list!)
- Secret Millionaire - ABC, June 3, Sundays at 8 – WARNING: YOU WILL CRY!!
- Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition - ABC, June 3, Sundays at 9 - SEE ABOVE
- Ice Road Truckers - History Channel, June 3, Sundays at 9
- Hell’s Kitchen 10 – Fox, June 4, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8
- Masterchef – Fox, June 4, Mondays and Tuesdays at 9
- The Real Housewives of New York City – Bravo, June 4, Mondays at 9 – IT HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE BETHENNY BAILED
I’m always looking to expand my reality TV knowledge to embrace a broader scope on the genre, so this morning I went to a business breakfast meeting hosted by The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. The topic of the day was reality TV and the guest of honor was Jenny Daly.
Ms. Daly is the President and Executive Producer of T Group Productions. Her credits are massive, just take a look at her bio:
True to form, she filled out the app like she acts on the show: BANANAS!
I particularly liked the answer to the question DO YOU HAVE ANY CELEBRITY CRUSHES?
JWoww’s answer: FUCK THEM ALL.
Read on for more pithy gems from inside the remarkably legible mind of “business owner” and “Yoga enthusiast,” JWoww. She runs shit!
Hate to be the bearer of bad news when it comes to reality tv casting advice, but Casting Directors DO NOT like giving out their phone numbers! So… if you’ve recently applied, auditioned or open call’ed your ass off and are waiting for that call — it’s most likely gonna come from a BLOCKED or UNKNOWN number.
Pick. It. Up.
And watch this video:
PS – Sorry for the stretched video – it’ll get fixed eventually, but I wanted to get this up!
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