Have you ever wanted to be on a reality show and have your house get one huge makeover? Realtor.com interviewed a reality show producer to figure out how to find casting opportunities near you and nail the interview.
Surprisingly, you don’t have to live in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, or Chicago to appear on one of these shows. A lot of the time the candidates aren’t from major cities, but suburbs of those cities.
To find a casting or application, there are many ways to apply:
- Network websites: Search for the show that you want to be on in your area. You’ll find pages like Be on HGTV, Be on DIY, Bravo TV Casting, or TLC Casting.
- Production company websites: At the end of a show, read the credits or look up online to find out the production company for that show. The company’s website will have casting opportunities posted.
- Dedicated casting websites: Casting directors will use websites like ReallyWanted.com or Backstage.com to acquire casting. These websites may charge a fee or membership fee to join, so it’s up to you if it’ll be worth the fee.
- Craigslist: Shockingly, casting professionals will use Craigslist to find casting in specific areas when they don’t have any contacts. After looking in the city of choice, look under “Jobs” and then “TV/Film/Video”.
Keep in mind when you’re apply that most shows won’t makeover your house for free. They’ll have you set a budget and then move from there, or everyone pays a flat fee to have it redone. The casting directors will be up front about what’s required.
When completing the application, follow the directions. Tell them about you and why you need to be on the reality show. Sell yourself and don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through. Casting directors look for three things: sex, humor, conflict. Sex usually means a tantalizing and intriguing story or background while the conflict usually ties into why you need it done. Whether you’ve suffered damage to your home or you realized you couldn’t flip it by yourself.
If the application makes it through, they’ll conduct a video interview. On your video call, make sure you’re dressed professionally, have great lighting, and there’s a nice background behind you. When on the call:
- Know your story
- Be candid
- Be clear about why people would root for you
- Highlight the unexpected, unusual, and extreme
- Appear low maintenance – No one wants a diva
- Let them know you’ll work hard and be dedicated
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