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Become a star by learning how to get onto a TV show; the insider advice is all in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A ruthless self-appraisal
Know the show
Be familiar with the show you’re applying to. It will provide invaluable insight into the different kinds of personalities they’re after, not to mention the kind of personal information or life drama that may give you an edge.
Follow the application instructions to the letter. If they want a DVD, don’t send a VHS.
Be seen and heard
Before you start each shot, make sure you can be seen and heard. Don’t play the radio or TV in the background, and have the light source in front or above you. Don’t stand in sunlit windows!
Don’t bury the lead
Lead with your most powerful stuff. Just as people decide if they like someone in the first few seconds of meeting them, TV producers make up their minds about wannabes in the first 30 to 60 seconds of their audition tape.
Focus on story
Focus on telling your story—not just creating a cool, funny, or wacky persona. Are you just out of jail? About to get married? Give them a narrative they can work with.
Emphasize your faults
Emphasize your faults, not your strengths. Being likeable is boring; producers would rather see the weaknesses that could make for compelling TV.
Be high energy
Be high energy. Reality TV is no place for shrinking violets.
Let your actions speak
Whenever possible, let your actions on the video speak for you. Show the producers what you can do instead of telling them about it.
Keep it simple
Keep the tape simple. You may think you’ll impress the producers with special effects and fancy editing, but the truth is that you’ll just distract them from learning about you.
Don’t be shy
Don’t be shy about displaying your physical assets. Let’s face it—TV is a visual medium, and a pretty face and/or a rock-hard body are always going to give applicants an edge.
Include contact information
Be sure to include your name and contact information clearly on the tape.
Do not post your audition tape online. You will immediately be ruled out, because producers like to introduce their casts themselves.