How to Get Your Own Reality Show

Don't settle for being on a reality show; get your own gig with these tips.


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You Will Need

  • Personality
  • Wit
  • D-list stardom
  • Altruistic profession
  • Reality show pitch


  1. Step 1

    Bring the drama

    Bring the drama; you'll never get your own reality show if you don't. But don't be the villain; they're rarely rewarded with their own series. The trick is to goad others into behaving badly around you.

  2. Step 2

    Be witty

    Always have an amusing wisecrack or two for the confessional part of the show. Go for laughs at your cast mates' expense.

  3. Be articulate. Mangled metaphors and incoherent diatribes are fun in a supporting player, but would be tiresome in a lead character.

  4. Step 3

    Be the runner-up

    Be the runner-up in a dating show. Audiences love to see the underdog get a second chance.

  5. Step 4

    Be a D-list celebrity

    Be a D-list celebrity. If you can convince your extended family to participate, so much the better. Bonus points for being a hot, D-list mess.

  6. Step 5

    Help the downtrodden

    Have a career helping people whose problems are cringe-worthy, tear-jerking, or animal-related.

  7. Step 6

    Pitch your own show

    Pitch your idea for a show to network executives and Hollywood agents. It's a long shot, but if your life is wacky enough, someone just might go for it.

  8. According to a study, reality stars are the most narcissistic celebrities of all -- more self-absorbed than successful movie stars, musicians, and comedians.