Tips for an Open Casting Call

Getting cast on a reality TV show isn’t as easy as one might think. This is particularly true for those going to an open casting call with the hope of becoming a contestant. Actors and actresses need to catch the eye of the show’s higher ups, from the directors to the producers, but the best ways to do that might not be what people think.

Follow The Rules
The first, and biggest mistake that many people make when trying to get onto a reality TV show is that they ignore the rules for the casting. If the show wants people between 20 and 22, don’t come if you’re younger or older than that. If a publisher wanted horror novels it would be bad business sense to submit your Western; make sure you fit what they’re looking for.

Be Professional
Professionalism is one of the most important qualities any creative person can bring to an open casting call. The people who run the show want talent that fits the role, but they also want people they know they can trust and count on to do their jobs. As such those who want to become a contestant have a much better chance of getting cast if they show that they’re treating this like a job.

Be Yourself
While it’s important to remember one is going to a potential job interview, and those in charge are interviewing actors, producers and show managers still want someone who is genuine. Reality TV might be scripted, but it still needs talent who is more or less themselves when the cameras start rolling. Don’t put on a whole different persona for a call; just be who you normally are.

Be a Team Player
While it might go contrary to what is often shown on reality TV, those who run the shows want actors and actresses who can be team players. More often than not those who are putting together an ensemble cast want people who have chemistry with one another. This means that people should show up with the intention of putting on the best show possible, and not stealing scenes from anyone else. While the desire to make a situation all about one person, that kind of thing is reserved for on-camera scenes. Off camera it’s a good idea to show that one can do what’s needed to help the show and cast as a whole.

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