Okay, so you’ve just filmed the most amazing Amazing Race audition video ever. Or, maybe you just sung your heart out for the next season of The Voice. Or, maybe the reason you skipped work or school today and ran around with your Flipcam like a crazy person was for Survivor, Big Brother, or the The Bachelorette.
Now, the moment of truth has arrived. It’s time to submit!
STOP! Before you hit that submit button and put your fate in a reality TV casting directors hands, take a day to sit on it. You’ve been all up your audition video’s business for quite a while and you need a little perspective. You need to sit back and ask yourself – is this the best my video is going to be?
Remember, just because it took you hours or days to film, doesn’t mean it’s winning an Oscar (or winning over the casting director). Watch my video for more tips and tricks on what to do BEFORE you hit submit on your reality television application video.
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Happy Friday! I want to send you into your weekend with a little more insight into the world of reality TV casting and answer some burning questions that have been coming across my desk over the last week.
I hope these are enlightening!
Kim asked: How legit are those reality show websites that you have to sign up for?
The Bitchlorette says: Depends on the site. As with any website, you have to make sure you’re not handing your personal info over a phisher or spammer or hacker (those sounds like celebrity baby names, no?). I’m a fan of simply going to the network website or production company to apply for a show – but often times you might not know which is what or where to find them. So yes, sites like RealityWanted.com are a great resource to see what’s out there. You do have to sign up, add a photo and fill in some basic stats to get full access, though. They also offer a paid membership for those who want to get a more robust experience. Also, Infolist.com is newer site with less bells and whistles than RealityWanted, but it offers up a lot of Now Casting info and show biz news and happenings. You also have to sign up for this, though no pictures o height/weight stats are required. I’m a member of both!
Now that The Amazing Race Season 19 is over – it’s time to cast the next! I was obsessing over TAR’s Facebook page today and noticed a ton if people asking for casting tips and tricks and advice on how to get cast on The Amazing Race Season 20.
I too, would have similar quandaries if I didn’t work in the reality TV biz, so I thought I’d throw a few Amazing Race Casting Tips out there for those looking for a leg up during the next round of casting.
The most important factor that comes into play when being considered for The Amazing Race is…
I am always curious to know what sort of burning questions, comments, concerns, worries and rants reality tv hopefuls have about the casting and audition process. Having been on both sides, I know how you feel. It’s both agonizing and awe inspiring. And it sucks that you’re never quite sure WTF! is going on at any given time.
Since I have been on both sides, and the side you’re on is WAY MORE FRUSTRATING IN TERMS OF GETTING Qs ANSWERED, I wanted to open up my blog for whatever burning questions you might have. I’m sure I’ll turn this into a webinar in the coming weeks, but for now I thought I’d keep in on the page. (I actually really could use a good hair blow out and can’t fathom getting in front of my webcam right now. Yes, living in L.A. makes you vain.)
So… Ask away! Ask me anything!
(About reality TV, casting and auditioning… that is!!! Not like, my bra size.)
Post your Qs in comments and I’ll answer in a few days!
Until then, the scribe has spoken… :)
Way to go, Bachelor Pad!!
In a fun, new twist, ABC is now casting NEVER BEFORE SEEN ladies and gents to throw in the mix (re: the lion’s den!) with former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast memebers for the next season of Bachelor Pad!
This should be interesting. (And, as always, produce the most dramatic rose ceremonies ever.)
Not only will Bachelor and Bachelorette old timers be totally pissed having compete against newbies, you know there will be serious drama between the two camps, major scandals, and high octane hot tub hook up action.
That said… if you think you have what it takes to battle it out against the Vienna’s and Courtney’s of the world… APPLY HERE!!
Since many of you might have yet to see the inside of a reality show audition room, I thought I’d show you. Be warned, it’s not glamorous. If you saw my 20/20 piece last year, you should know that it was shot on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood. It was super posh. That is not typical.
In fact, most reality television audition rooms look like hostage interrogation rooms. You have to stand (or sit) there facing blinding light, answering questions being barked at you by a casting director you can barely see through said blinding lights, hoping all the while you’re impressing the shit out of them.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – I’ve been super busy putting together a kick ass book on how ya’ll can get yourselves on any reality show you want. Stay tuned, it’s coming shortly – and it will rock your world!
In the meantime, I thought I’d muse about the inner workings and happenings of my world as a reality TV Casting Producer.
I’m currently casting a celebrity dating show, where famous celebs you know and love go on dates with everyday normal people, just like you, in the hopes that sparks fly and magic happens.
The first: Married with Parents (as in – the opposite of Married with Children starring Modern Family’s Ed O’Neil).
The second: 30 Something Grandma’s (as in – the MOST AMAZING CONCEPT FOR A SHOW EVER!)
Here are the deets. Go forth and make yourself famous.
When I was interviewed on 20/20, I lent some advice to an article they posted on their site called “How To Become A Reality TV Star.” I think it gives some pretty good insight, so I wanted to share it here. Enjoy!
Want to trade real life for reality-TV stardom? Well, here are 20 tips from casting pros for how to avoid a wipeout and be a survivor in the shark tank that is reality-TV casting:
- 18 Tips To Get You Cast On A Reality TV Show
- Casting Agent Reveals The ‘Snooki Formula’ That Gets People On TV
- Tips from Prime Time Reality TV casting expert Sarah Monson: Exclusive!
- What Does A Reality TV Casting Director Do, Anyway?
- Wanna Be On TV? You’re Gonna Have To Hurry Up and Wait