Category: CBS

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.

Draw Something: Casting Guide

Draw Something Reality Show
  • Contestants: Two per Episode
  • Top Prize: €50,000
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
This is a season long elimination style reality show that appears on CBS Network. The show is an updated version of the classic reality game show, Win Lose or Draw. The show is based around the current new app, Draw Something, which pits people against their friends drawing objects. The winner of the show will receive some nice cash and prized; however, as the show is early in the production the exact details and possible winnings have not been released.

The show is very serious in their attempt to find people who have the ability to draw in a quick, efficient manner and require each applicant to submit three images they have designed. The show is being cast in February 2015 and March 2015 with a goal air date later in the year. This will likely be a daytime game show slotted near the Price is Right.

Draw Something Reality Show Overview & Strategy

The format around the actual show have not been released. The CastingMaster team has reached out to the production to get additional information. Upon hearing back, we will update this page with the full description along with some basic strategy. As more shows air, the strategy section will be revised and we welcome any suggestions/ideas from other viewers of the show in the comments area.

Draw Something Casting Process

The casting for season 1 is currently in progress. In order to apply for the show, you need to email your information to and include the following information:and include the following information:
  1. First and Last Name
  3. Age
  5. Current City/State of Residence
  7. Recent Photo
  9. Three Examples of your Drawing/Art
  11. List of Any Formal Art Education or Awards
  13. Very Brief Summary why you’d like to be a contestant

Applicant Restrictions:

The show is currently being filmed in the United states and because there is a money prize is limited to people who can legally receive earnings in the country. There have been no other restrictions listed at this time, and due to the broad nature of the show, it’s very likely it will remain a fairly open audition pool. 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.


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.

Survivor – Casting Guide

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Contestants: 18
Top Prize: $1,000,000
Selectivity: 5 Star

Survivor is the original season long, elimination adventure show. The show has an incredible, devoted fan bad, and it is the hardest reality show to become a contestant. The show has become so popular that each season there are a few celebrities who appear as contestants. Previous years have included Jimmie Johnson and Linda Blair.

Survivor has year round casting that begins by submitting a three minute video. There are open casting calls at local CBS affiliates but these are more an opportunity to appear in front of a camera so that the network handles creating the submission video. If you have the means, you are far better off creating the submission video on your own. This will allow you to edit in more scenes, have multiple takes, and do a good bit of post shoot editing before submitting it.

Applicant Restrictions:
  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must have a valid US Passport
  • Must have a recent Photo
  • Must have an application Video

When you have the video and photos, you can apply using the Survivor 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.  Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterest