HGR 001 : Open Casting Calls And How To Stand Out While You Are There

by Dan Gheesling

It is finally here! The first episode of the How To Get On Reality TV Podcast!

You can listen to the podcast right here on the website by clicking gray play button above or you can download it right from the link below to listen on your computer or iPod.

Very soon you will be able to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, as soon as it is up there I will let you know.

This is my first ever podcast so take it easy. ;)  All Podcasts are recorded in one take, no re-dos or anything.

The reason I am doing this is because I want to record a Podcast as if I was directly talking to you in a conversation.   Not a glossed over edited unrealistic conversation.  When edits come into play, the human element and error is lost.

So without any further ado, the first episode we get right into the most relevant content.  This episode is all about Open Casting Calls.


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What Is In This Episode:

  • What an Open Casting Call Is
  • Solo vs Group Casting Calls
  • Difference Between Affiliate Casting Call & Producer Casting Call
  • How To Prepare For An Open Casting Call
  • What To Do While You Are At An Open Casting Call
  • 5 Killer Tips To Stand Out From The Crowd
  • Do This! Not That! Segment

Things Mentioned:


What’s Next:

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Thank You:

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Aaron H April 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Great debut podcast Dan! I got pumped listening to it and I didn’t even need a Red Bull or Almond Joy. I’ve been to one Survivor casting call and three Big Brother casting calls. Survivor was done by a CBS affiliate and you talked into a camera. BB put you into groups of anywhere from 4 to 10 where you talked with a casting agent.

One of the things I took away from your podcast was incorporating other people from my group. I won’t make fun of people but I’ll playfully tease. The last BB call I went to we were asked, “Who from the group would you evict?” So its definitely wise to pay attention to the other people from your group.

I’m going to a Survivor casting call in Normal, IL tomorrow and the final BB casting call in Pittsburgh May 7. I’m going to continue to follow your advice and put it into action. Keep up the good work Dan!


Dan Gheesling April 21, 2012 at 12:16 am


Hahaha glad the Podcast can substitute for Red Bull – the Podcast is WAY healthier! That’s awesome that you are motivated to keep applying, good stuff.

Sounds like you get it, you don’t have to bash the people in line, but be perceptive enough to gain information to use in your interview off of them. Always be aware!

Thanks for listening AND commenting!


Jose April 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Great podcast! As usual, thanks for all the tips!


Dan Gheesling April 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

Glad you enjoyed it Jose!


Tom April 24, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Found your site after hearing you on Rob Has a Website. Going to the Survivor casting call at the Taj in AC this Saturday. This gave me some tips that I hope to use. Gotta do some dry runs in front of a camera this week. I want to use the story idea, but gotta figure out how to keep it short.


Dan Gheesling April 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Awesome Tom – thanks for stopping by! Start with one of your best stories and work from there if you want to get things together quickly!


Tom April 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Any idea on how long an Open Casting call video will be? Any way to find out ahead of time? just started practicing on my commute today to try to get the time right.


Dan Gheesling April 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Anywhere between 30-90 seconds. It is awesome that you are practicing, most people don’t take the time to do that. Good luck!


harvey May 1, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Great podcast,I think I did every right.but you never know how other people will take you.


Amy August 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

you are such a natural speaker and you always make me really want to listen to you. you’ve shown this in the last couple of weeks on BB! I also feel a lot more confident after this “pep talk” you have given throughout this podcast. I admire your confidence and it’s intriguing to me. I will definitely use your tips when going to open casting calls for survivor!


Amber Wiski November 23, 2012 at 11:22 pm

I am finally able a try out for mine and yours all time favorite show Big Brother from everything I have been able to find out about their open casting process it seems to be a group casting call in front of casting associates. I have not heard anything about the talking into a camera before your podcast so I am wanting to know if that happens for a Big Brother casting call as well? BB is the greatest show of all time and any info you can share about how they do it would be wonderful. Also congrats on 2nd place should have won love your style!


Megan Adams November 25, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi Dan! I was listening to this podcast again and had a suggestion. At the end, you direct us to where to get your book, “How a Normal Guy got Cast…” and remark it is free. Since this is no longer the case, you might want to update it.

Also, love that you are doing the commentary for BB episodes. There is a link on mortystv.com to BB episodes from all seasons. I used it to listen to ep. 20 and it worked fine. This would be an option for people to buy your commentary without having to also purchase iTunes. Could result in more buys for you.

Congrats on your success.



Dan Gheesling January 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

Ah thanks for the heads up on the Podcast, you can still get a free preview, but you’re right I do need to change that! Also thanks for the commentary tip!


Mike September 13, 2013 at 12:13 am

this podcast is no longer here.. dead link.


Dan March 24, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Thanks so much for the podcast! My partner and I binged on them on the way to NYC for my fourth casting call, and it definitely helped. The two of us and three others in the line were having the most fun for blocks throughout the process, and I feel *really* good about how the interview went (I got roped into an extended conversation about religion, which I definitely wasn’t expecting, but the producer said he really liked my responses.)

I haven’t heard anything back yet, though, and have heard conflicting information about what this means. I was wondering if you’d be able to put my mind at ease one way or another. Should someone just attending a casting call definitely expect a call within a few days if they’re going to move to the semi-finals? I know that callbacks theoretically run through April, but it doesn’t really make sense to me that they would hold off on some callbacks but not others.

Either way, it was a total blast and can’t wait to do it again if I don’t have any luck this year!


Rob Bird April 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

This was fantastic!! Thanks so much for creating this podcast. I was watching the BBCAN Side Show last week and heard you mention it. I didn’t even know it was a thing until then. Why am I so many years behind???? haha

Super excited to listen to the rest of the episodes. Thank yooooooooouuu!!!


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