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…
… your relationship with your teammate.
I pulled this right off The Amazing Race casting website:
This is a show about relationships, so let us know how your relationship with your teammate will help you win this Race. It’s not about putting together the best skit or wearing the wackiest costumes. We’re looking for real people and we want to see the real you. Tell us what skills and life experiences you and your teammate bring that will help you do well as participants on the show. Both teammates need to be on one video. We especially are looking for how the two of you interact.
I also found an interview given by my old boss and casting director extraordinaire, Lynne Spillman, who echoed this sentiment:
…Many people may not look at it this way but The Amazing Race is a relationship show. Applicants must be open and comfortable talking about themselves and their relationships. Don’t tell us you need the money to pay for school and you need to see the world, we already know this. I want to know the story of your relationship and why you are doing this as a couple or team.
Remember, EVERYONE applying for the show thinks they can win, would love to have $1 million bucks, and wants to see the world. That’s a given. Don’t even mention that stuff. Turn your audition tape into a dialogue with your teammate and show the Casting team how much you love-hate-irritate-annoy-smother-interrupt-clash-mesh with each other.
(NOTE: YOU DON’T HAVE TO GET ALONG!!! IN FACT, IT MAKES GREAT TV IF YA BUG THE CRAP OUT OF EACH OTHER!)
Being a user friendly stereotype that’s easily identifiable and lends itself well to a nickname (i.e. the hippies, the goths, the cops, the rednecks, etc…) is also a good idea.
By the way, I love The Amazing Race. LOVE IT. I love watching it, the cinematography is always spectacular. I love seeing all the nooks and crannies of this great big world of ours. And, if I could get cast on any reality television show, it would be The Amazing Race. The only problem I’m finding is that it takes TWO people who share this similar passion to make it work. And I have yet to find a partner who could put up with me and my obnoxious fear of flying. (Yes, I get pretty darn squeamish on airplanes, but still want to travel around the world.)
Apply HERE and good luck!
(If you want more insider casting tips, check out my new book HERE. It literally JUST came out today!)
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