Don't settle for being on a reality show; get your own gig with these tips.
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.
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.
TIP: Be articulate. Mangled metaphors and incoherent diatribes are fun in a supporting player, but would be tiresome in a lead character.
Step 3: Be the runner-up Be the runner-up in a dating show. Audiences love to see the underdog get a second chance.
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.
Step 5: Help the downtrodden Have a career helping people whose problems are cringe-worthy, tear-jerking, or animal-related.
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.
FACT: According to a study, reality stars are the most narcissistic celebrities of all -- more self-absorbed than successful movie stars, musicians, and comedians.