In many cases, the competitors for these programs are selected at open casting calls and auditions. The Apprentice, for example, held open casting calls for the dream job of a lifetime in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, Little Rock, Miami, Cleveland and other cities around the country. Would be apprentices had to download an application in advance and arrive early to get a wristband. The Simple Life looked for host families, while American Idol auditions are held at locations throughout the United States.
Reality TV Casting Call and Audition Listings
Reality TV Application News lists upcoming casting calls and auditions for the shows that are old favorites and for new shows that are still on the drawing board. Most network web sites list upcoming reality tv casting calls and application deadlines so check back frequently if there is a specific show you would like to audition for to see when you can apply or check the list of reality tv casting calls which includes the top reality show casting information.
In addition, there are a varity of television, film and theater niche jobs sites where you can find open casting call and audition information.
Be Prepared for a Casting Call
For many would-be stars the opportunity to apply at an open casting call may be the only chance for fame and fortune, so, be prepared for long lines and fierce competition. Over 2000 professionals arrived at the first open call for second season of The Apprentice in Burbank. In some cases, especially with popular shows like American Idol, the lines start the day or evening before. Only a limited number of wristbands are given out. Last time American Idol held auditions in New York there were a limited number wristbands and thousands of applicants.
So, arrive early for the best shot of getting an audition. If you need to bring paperwork, like an application, identification, or proof of age, make sure you have everything you need and it is complete. If you're among the lucky future stars who do get to audition, you may not be selected on the spot, so, be prepared to return for a second audition. Otherwise, keep your eye on the casting call listings for another chance to apply or audition.
Don't wait for a talent scout to discover you. It's probably not going to happen regardless of how gifted you are. Instead, turn your fifteen minutes of fame into a chance at a lifetime of success!
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