Category: Casting Call

That Awkward Gameshow – Casting Guide

 
  • Contestants: 4 Family Per Episode
  • Top Prize: $10,000
  • Selectivity: 1 Star
  • Casting Closes: 7/22/2016
In this new Spike reality series families will have the chance to win cash and prizes by sharing secrets with their adult children. Sorry, they are not accepting minors at this time, and all filming will occur on a single day shoot. In addition to the possibility of prizes, the show also offers a travel stipend and is open to a nationwide call.
This is a new show so we are still getting all the details. This is a professional show that will appear on Spike, and is being produced by the same company which does American Ninja Warrior. As the show is currently in production the title “Family Talk” is a working title that may change.

Family Talk Overall Strategy

This show is ideal for families who are charismatic and outgoing, but also able to talk openly on a nationally televised reality shows. They must be willing to share secrets for a chance to win cash and prizes.

Family Talk Application Restrictions

  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must submit an application by 7-22-2016

You can apply using the Family Talk Application Form.

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Child Genius Battle of the Brightest – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 12 per Season
  • Top Prize: $100k Scholarship
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
In this popular Lifetime reality series twelve highly intelligent kids compete in weekly competitions for a $100,000 prize. The show is hosted by Leland Melvin who is a former NASA astronaut. All of the contestants range in age from 9 to 12 years old, and all currently reside in the US. The show is based on a UK show of the same name.

Each episode is filmed over a weekend which gives the contestants an opportunity to study for each round throughout the week. There are two areas of study each weekend with each comprising 10 questions. The person who receives the lowest score on any given week is eliminated until only three contestants remain. At the final three, the contestants are given the same exact set of 30 questions. The parents and the kids enter the room individually so they can’t see how the others do. The final set of questions can be taken from any of the child genius categories which are:

  • Memory
  • Math
  • Spelling
  • Arts
  • World Landmarks
  • Geography
  • US History
  • Logic
  • Advanced Math
  • Advanced Spelling


Child Genius Study Tips

Each of the weekly rounds is divided into two sections, and each section has 10 quetions. All of the rounds are timed; however, time is rarely the delimiting factor. For rounds such as Advanced Spelling, which can have scrambled words, and advanced math it can be advised to pass problems to save time. Otherwise it’s better to give it a guess. Additionally, if you are going to pass on a question, then it’s best to do so very quickly to save time. If there’s an abundances of time near the end with only a few questions remaining, then you try hard then otherwise skip the more challenging questions to rack up the points from the quicker and easier questions.

Most of the topics follow a similar pattern for each student meaning that going last is a great advantage. In addition to learning the types of questions, the answers also never repeat. This means for categories that could have two possible answers, being able to eliminate one because it was the correct response to an earlier question. Also, it can be beneficial to practice while other contestants are answering their questions so that you can get in a rhythm and understand how the topic is being framed.

The show is a sprint not a marathon. A lot of the contestants study a lot in the beginning and seem to burn out by the sixth or seventh week. There’s no reward for finishing first in the weekly competitions and no penalty for coming in the next to last place. While everyone wants to win, it may be best to slow down a week to ensure that the contestant has the mental energy to make the finals.

Child Genius: Season 1

The first season consisted of 20 contestants with half residing in California. The show also featured a more complicated elimination process in which multiple contestants would go home each week. This season had 8 episodes with six contestants eliminated in the first week. Three contestants the second week, and two contestants sent home in weeks three through six. After that it changed to the single elimination format that seems the norm for season 2. The series began on January 6, 2015 with 410,000 US views, but saw a decline in ratings.

Child Genius: Season 2

The second season featured 12 contestants with a more diverse geographical background as no state contributed more than a quarter of the contestants. This season Lifetime did significantly more advertising for the show and even did a marathon on the first season prior to the season 2 launch. Additionally, the network created multiple commercials featuring some of the more memorable members of the cast. This season premiered on January 7, 2016 with 190,000 US views, and it has remained rather constant between the 200,000 to 150,000 range. This is enough views to rank it in the top 80 watched shows on Thursday night.

Child Genius: Season 3

The third season has not been announced, however, this would be a bit early for information on the show. The show seems to consistently bring in it’s viewer base, and the members of CastingMaster.com believe the show is likely yo be renewed for a third season. Once any information becomes available for the 2017 season, we will update our casting guide with all information and casting dates.

Child Genius Study Tips

The second season of the show is currently airing on Lifetime, and it is highly believed that it will be returning for a third season. Our research team is currently working on getting the information around Child Genius Casting Season three, and we will update this page when the application process becomes available for us.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers.
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Top Chef – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 16 per Season
  • Top Prize: $200,000
  • Selectivity: 4 Star
Bravo’s Top Chef has been cooking up a great reality show since 2006. Padma Lakshmi currently hosts this elimination style reality show which has seen famous professional chef judges such as Anthony Bourdain, Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson and Wolfgang Puck. For this prestigious cooking show approximately 16 contesants compete in various cook-offs and related challenges, for a large monetary grand prize of $200,000, as well as the esteemed title of Top Chef Winner.

Top Chef Overview & Strategy

Top Chef is now preparing for their upcoming 13th season and looking for skilled, creative chefs that are passionate and knowledgeable about food. This show can launch major careers, so only serious interested chefs should apply. The show has the contestants participating in various weekly challenges, with the panel of famous judges critiquing along the way. The challenges include the Quickfire challenge which has the contestants making dishes in a short period of time, with a certain theme or ingredient that must be used. The Elimination challenge allows more thought and creativity to go into the dish or meal with a much longer time limit, and the judges choose a winner as well as who is in the bottom and must pack their knives and go home.

Traditionally, the winners of Top Chef have gone on to have very successful careers because the show has a great reputation of having some of the best chefs as contestants. Below are some tips to help you be successful on the show:

Some important extras to keep in mind about ‘playing the game’:

  • Research and practice dishes from other cultures. Is there one genre of food that you usually steer clear of? Don’t have a weakness when it comes to what you can and can’t do.

  • Watch past episodes and attempt to do the challenges yourself, keeping in mind time, presentation, and ingredient choice.

  • Have a unique hook. You will have your own signature dishes that you have perfected over the years. Make sure those are very unique to you, and that you have your own twist.

  • Know some classics and really make them standout. Remember, the judges have seen (and are!) some of the best chefs in the world. So having your own take on classics can really give you an advantage.

  • Be aware of the latest trends. Know all the cutting edge techniques used by popular chefs today, to help set you apart from the crowd.


Top Chef Casting Process

To be a contestant on Top Chef you should already be a professional chef or at least have been trained in the field. You will need to convey your cooking abilities and creativity in the application, as well as a video or an in-person audition.

These are the steps to follow to be considered as a contestant on Top Chef :

In the online application you will need to write a ‘self biography’ of up to 70 words. This isn’t much, so on top of making a very exciting video, you will need to articulate yourself well in under 70 words.

Tips to make your personality shine through in your casting video:
  1. Complete the online pre-registration form. This is where you will fill in factual information about yourself, including your schooling. Have a photograph of yourself available to upload.

  2. Fill out the in-depth application form which will need printed out. If you are able to attend an open call audition, you must bring the completed application with you. If you are making a video, you must send in the form with the video link. The application form is lengthy, and will ask for a detailed history of your culinary skills, background, and reference. Be prepared to explain your style of cooking, using relevant terminology and what inspires your creations.

  3. Attend an open call audition OR mail in a video. There are multiple open calls at various times throughout the year. If making a video, you can send it in DVD format or upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and send in the web address.

  4. Bring with you (or send in) 3-5 recent photos of yourself, 10-15 photos of finely plated food that you have created, and your resume.

The open calls around the US are the best way to audition for the show. If you can attend an open call, you do not need to make a video. But if you are unable to travel to one of those locations, making a 5-10 minute video showcasing your cooking talents is a must. If you need to make a video, film it with no fancy editing in a professional kitchen. They will want to see you in action creating a dish. Remember to show off the following:

Big Brother Application Restrictions

  • Must be 21+ Years Old
  • Must be a legal US Resident

When you have the video and photos, you can apply using the Application Form.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers.
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Big Brother – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 16 per Season
  • Top Prize: $500,000
  • Selectivity: 5 Star
In this popular CBS reality series hosted by Julie Chen since it’s first season in 2000, a group of contestants called HouseGuests are filmed day and night as they live in a house together, isolated from the rest of the world. At the end of this summer season show, there is a winner and a runner-up. The winner receives $500,000. This show is one of the most competitively cast reality shows on any network. Due to the number of episodes that air each week, and the fact that everything airs live, this is one of the absolutely best opportunities to get your name and face known by the American audience. Many former house guests have been able to leverage their stardom.

Big Brother Overview & Strategy

HouseGuests on Big Brother are constantly under surveillance in a custom built home in Los Angeles. The HouseGuests face eviction depending upon the rules of that season’s game, usually by being ‘voted out’ by the other HouseGuests. Many of the previous seasons have had some sort of twist, such as having the American public vote for household choices, all the HouseGuests having a secret partner, or being put into cliques during the weekly challenges. HouseGuests have a chance to win the ‘Power of Veto’ which they can use to save other HouseGuests from eviction. Also, each week the HouseGuests compete to be Head of Household, winning them various responsibilities such as helping decide who will be up for eviction. With the various twists each season, there are often extra ways for contestants to make money even if they are not the ultimate winner. For instance, the twelfth season saw a ‘Saboteur’ trying to secretly stir up trouble for a chance to win $50,000.

Winning the prize money involves differing strategies. Not one particular personality type is always the winner, proving that there are different ways to be the champion. This is what makes Big Brother unique compared to reality shows where the main focus is physical challenges or having specific skill sets. Sure, there are various endurance or quiz-type competitions to become the coveted Head of Household, but really any one of the HouseGuests could end up being the final winner. Being flexible to change your game strategy if necessary is key to being ready for anything.

Some important extras to keep in mind about ‘playing the game’:

  • Play Nice – Since evictions are based on different things depending on the season, it is important to keep in mind the importance of playing nice. Many seasons saw evicted HouseGuests making the final votes, while others had the American public, who just viewed the best and worst moments, voting for your destiny.

  • To Trust or Not to Trust – You will have no communication with anyone except the other HouseGuests living with you. Finding friends and alliances is often necessary for sanity reasons, as well as staying through the whole season. That being said, there is prize money at stake, so nobody can really be fully trusted.

  • Strategy – While the show began as more of a social experiment, it has morphed into a social game with competitive and strategic elements. Be prepared to have a few strategy ideas for how to stay in the house until the end.

  • 24 Hours a Day – You will be on camera 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the show is aired on CBS each week for the television viewing public, remember that every action you do can be seen and heard by the public on varying media forms, such as streaming on the internet. You can’t be easily embarrassed or worried about having any privacy. Make choices that you don’t mind being seen by the public.

  • Personalities Clashes – You may find that you are living with people who you would not normally care to be around, let alone live with. You may also be with people who don’t like you! Being stuck in the house with many different, strong personalities will be one of the most challenging parts of the show, but staying true to yourself will help get you through it. Plus, that prize money is quite the motivator!


Big Brother Casting Process

There is a short online application for Big Brother. Before filling it out, you should make a 3 minute video and save it and a photo of yourself to your computer to upload with your application. If you don’t have the capabilities to make a video, there is a video recorder option in the online application so you can record one while applying. Another option is visiting one of the open calls in various US cities, though this is not a necessity if you make a video.

In the online application you will need to write a ‘self biography’ of up to 70 words. This isn’t much, so on top of making a very exciting video, you will need to articulate yourself well in under 70 words.

Tips to make your personality shine through in your casting video:
  • Experiences – Explain a few real life experiences, honestly and enthusiastically.

  • Censorship – There’s no need to censor yourself. Say what comes to your mind

  • Have a Hook – What makes you unique? How would you describe yourself to others, in one sentence?

  • Editing – You don’t need fancy editing or video-making tricks. The show is about the personalities of the HouseGuests, and the casting people want to see yours clearly in the video.

Online applications are accepted year round, but for the 2015 season the deadline is May 15th. Applicants must be fully available April 17th-24th and May 15th-27th if chosen for the final round of casting and for the duration of the show’s filming if chosen as a HouseGuest. Exact filming dates for the show are still to be determined, but should begin around the end of June and last for a few months.

Remember, you will have no contact with any friends or family from home during your time on the show, even if evicted. You will need to commit to the full time of shooting.

Big Brother Application Restrictions

  • Must be 21+ Years Old
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must have a recent Photo
  • Must have an application Video

When you have the video and photos, you can apply using the Big Brother Application Form.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers.
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Amazing Race – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 22 per Season
  • Top Prize: $1,000,000
  • Selectivity: 5 Star
The Amazing Race is looking for applicants for the season long elimination style reality show that has been popular since its first season in 2001. The show appears on CBS and is hosted by Phil Keoghan. The show is currently asking for ‘couple’ applicants which can include any type of relationship such as family, friends, co-workers, and even exes. It’s not necessary to be a romantic coupling. They are also looking for ‘single’ applicants who are willing to be paired with an unknown person once casted, in a ‘blind date’ sort of setting.

The Amazing Race Overview & Strategy

The Amazing Race has multiple (usually 11) two person teams each season racing against each other around the world, competing in physical and mental challenges along the way. The winning team receives one million dollars by arriving at the last destination of the race before the other teams. Teams are eliminated throughout the season by who is farthest behind in the trek around the world. For this show, being fast and on your toes is the name of the game. We have put together ways to prepare yourself for the race:

  • Ready for anything – You can’t let anything get in the way of your goal, especially fear. The unknown will be all around you, in each new destination you must race to. Teamwork will end up being what makes or breaks you, so working cohesively with your partner is most important.

  • All in – Be ready to be yourself, for the good and the bad. Be fully prepared to have some heavy moments with your partner. Knowing how your partner handles stressful situations and how they are best supported by you will be key. If going into it as a single, being fully ready to throw yourself into the challenges. Being able to handle various personality types will be important. Knowing how to think logically and quickly under pressure is a definite plus to staying focused on the game.

  • Clever – This is a game with a large sum of money on every contestant’s mind. The main way to be eliminated is to be in last place. If you aren’t willing or able to play the game strategically, it will make the journey that much more difficult.

  • Emotional preparation – Anyone who has had jet lag knows how traveling can have a physical and even emotional toll on the body. Rest is incredibly important, but so is getting to the next destination before the other teams. Being able to juggle the pros and cons of each decision you make, and coming to an agreement with your partner is key. This race is known to test relationships, so going in knowing to expect the trials and tribulations will not only help your sanity and your relationship, but also how you play the game.


The Amazing Race Casting Process

Couple applicants must fill out the online application together, all in one sitting. You will need to attach clear, close-up photos to the application of you and your partner separate, as well as together.

You will also need to make a video of you and your partner (or just yourself if applying as a single). This is where you really showcase your personality and why you should be chosen, as the application itself is more concerned with factual information.

Follow these tips to ensure your video sticks out from the crowd:
  1. Be sure to show yourselves as unique, competitive and fun. Remember that it’s entertainment television, so showcasing why you would be an exciting choice is key.

  2. If you are unsure what to talk about, perhaps explain where you’re from or what your skills or passions are. This will get you talking about a familiar subject, and hopefully bring up some thrilling aspects as to why you will be the most amazing contestant.

  3. Explain your relationship ups and downs. They are looking for the back and forth banter from a long term friendship, so be your natural selves. If applying as a single, you will be asked what you are looking for in a mate and why you are currently single. Be honest and candid, and don’t be afraid to speak up and really talk to the camera about yourself, the positives and negatives.

  4. Speak clearly and hook them from the beginning. They go through immense volumes of applications, so you will want your video to be easy to watch and entertaining.

  5. Remember, they are looking for outgoing, adventurous, competitive, humorous teams with a solid relationship that is both entertaining and genuine. Though you can apply multiple times with more than one partner, it’s not recommended as you should choose the partner that is most suited to you and would make the most interesting and strong couple on the show.

Online applications are accepted year round, but for the new season applicants must be fully available from May through July 2015. Aside from applying online, there are also open calls in certain cities during the year.

Now what better way is there to spend the summer months than traveling around the world while competing on an adventure of a lifetime?

Amazing Race Casting Video Tips

The video above is an incredible example of a submission for this show. It clearly shows both of the people on the team while giving a glimpse into each of their specific characters. The couple are both very personable and would likely become fan favorites with people cheering for them. Their video submission has received over 25000 views since uploading which is another sign they will be marketable to the show producers.



The Amazing Race Application Restrictions

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must have a valid passport
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be available for the entire season, which in 2015 is from May until July

If you think you have what it takes, you can complete the application form here. When you have the video and photos, you can apply using the here.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our readers.
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