Tips for Filling out Reality TV Applications

What should you put on reality TV applications to give yourself the best shot for getting on the show? The answer is to use common sense. A certain list of general criteria can help you make the best choices when it comes to reality TV tryouts, and help you get past the initial screening process.

The Casting Process
Reality TV casting is shrouded in mystery for good reasons. They don't want you to know who will be on the show, or what was asked, because it reveals things about the show before the show airs. Contestants have to sign many confidentiality agreements, and are increasingly sworn to secrecy as they get farther into the casting process. To know what you should do if you want to be cast on a reality TV show, here are some general tips.

  • Know the show. Know the particulars of the show you are trying for. If it's a cooking show, you will need some cooking skills and credentials. If it's an endurance contest, you may need to prove you have stamina, or that you are willing to try anything. Some shows may require a complete physical before you're allowed to participate.
  • Be yourself. Don't try to be last season's winner, or anyone you're not. The casting crew can see fake behavior a mile away. Be authentic, outgoing and at home in front of the camera. That said, remember that producers are looking for personalities and a willingness to leave yourself emotionally bare in front of the camera. Knowing your personality and highlighting it during your screening interviews can help you make the cut. Don't assume that you have to be upbeat and cheerful; producers will take people who are cocky, aggressive or downright mean.
  • Be truthful. Your application will be checked for accuracy, so don't lie about your education or background. If you've got a shameful secret in your past, reveal it up front and be prepared to share it with the world. If you make the show and become a star, you can expect everyone you've ever met to hear from the tabloid press. Those risque pictures from college or that time you got arrested for being drunk in public will come back to haunt you and could get you booted from the show.
  • Know when to go. Go to the Web site for the show you're interested in to see when they are accepting applications. Most shows have a certain casting period. Know when it is so you know when to apply.
  • Know what to expect. Usually there is a written application. If you pass that culling, an interview, and more interviews, will follow, with people increasingly higer on the show's production staff. Each interview will require more confidentiality and more-detailed applications. There may be a psychological evaluation as part of the process, along with a health screening.
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