Men's Life Today: Expert Q+A
How do I get on a reality-TV dating show? Looks like a great way to get to know some hot ladies!
First, you’ll need to know how to find out about upcoming reality-TV dating shows: Casting agents routinely send queries through Craigslist. Usually they start by asking for a picture and maybe a short video. (You don’t need anything professional, so don’t waste the money.) Plus, there are industry publications like Backstage that carry casting listings, as do chat boards, fan sites and even the websites of the production companies creating the shows. (Of course, if you’re serious enough to have an agent, he’ll let you know about such opportunities.)
You may have heard about classes or courses that coach you on how to get onto reality shows. They’re a waste of time and money. Most shows don’t care about previous acting experience and would rather you not be an actor/singer/model.
Now let’s say you get to the next level -- a shot at being featured on a reality show. When you meet with producers, be extreme; Being subtle or humble gets you nowhere in reality TV. If you've always been tagged “the loud guy,” “the funny guy” or “the crazy guy,” take it up a notch and become a caricature so you stand out. The same goes should you actually land the gig.
Which leads us to our
next bit of advice: If you get cast on a reality-TV show, don’t be a diva. Be
late, cranky or demanding, and you’ll be quickly replaced -- faster than you
can say “Jersey Shore.”