Anyone can be on a reality show. The TV Writers Vault provides direct opportunities for getting cast in a Reality Series, or having a show produced based on your life, profession, or hobbies.
Reality TV Producers scout to cast in shows with two agendas; 1) To discover if the person is a fit to be cast in any current show, or 2) To discover if a show itself can be developed and produced about that person and their life/job, etc. Look for aspects of your life, family, profession, or hobbies that can make an actual show. If you're a strong character, have an interesting life or job, are willing to expose yourself to the media, and love reality television, then consider the following steps to getting cast on a reality show.
Reality TV Casting Directors and Producers want people with strong personalities for thier shows. Take a close look at your life and personality. Discover what is unique about you, your world, the people around you, and what makes you more interesting than the average person. It may help to write a bullet-point list of different aspects of your life experience, personality, and relationships that may be compelling to see on TV. Check out this great article at the TV Writers Vault providing insight on how to pitch your life as a docu-style reality series.
You don't need to be an actor, but be ready to express yourself in a "heightened reality" type of way. This means focusing on areas of your personality or stories that are more extreme and unique to help Producers see how you will contribute to any show you may potentially be cast in. Write this down, or rehearse answering questions they may ask you, such as; "Tell me an experience in your life that changed you?", or, "What was the most daring thing you've ever done?", or, "What is your goal in life?". These are just a few examples of the vague, but loaded, questions you could be asked. Look at them as opportunities to define and "sell" yourself as a strong character.
Watch the shows, and understand how Producers tell stories through the characters involved. When you become familiar with what is ideal content in shows, you'll make choices in behaviour and communication during interviews or reviews of your Profile by Producers, and increase your chances of getting cast in a reality show.
Monitor casting calls and websites where Producers scout people to cast for new and current reality shows. Industry scouting sites like TVWritersVault.com are used by major television companies and Producers seeking unique people, businesses, and subjects to build shows around. Submit your profile, and monitor your Members Page for any reviews or contact requests. When you do connect with a Producer, look at them as a long term contact, knowing that even if you don't fit their current needs, you may at any point down the road. This is a business of networking. Use the site to build your network and opportunities.
Research the production companies. Its important to know whow produces what, and the companies behind some of the popular shows you watch. If you are in communication with any Producers or Casting Directors, and they ask about your preferences, it may be good to be a fan of their work. Go a level beyond flattery, and know the specific reasons why you like their show(s), and what sets it apart from other shows in competition with them.
Write and Re-Write a template profile to use when submitting to casting calls and websites where Producers are scouting. Having your basic personal and background details refined and ready makes for a more efficient casting submission or pitch, with quality details. Here's a great article on crafting pitches for reality tv show ideas.
Practice answering the following questions in writing, with detail that makes impact. Where did you grow up? Tell us about your current job. What are your career aspirations? Tell us about your most serious relationship. Have you ever been in love? What makes you different than other people your age? What do you like about Reality Television? What do you dislike about Reality Television? How would your best friends describe you? How would your worst enemies describe you? Be efficient and make strong statements with your answers.
Practice speaking on camera. In so many shows, we see various cast members speaking directly to the camera during interview and sound-bytes. When faced with the camera lense, you want to feel comfortable and able to speak naturally. You may also see that your tone is too low, or your expressions are dull. Be "on", but be yourself.
Submit your pitch to Producers and Casting Professionals scouting people for new reality shows.
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