You’ve just poured your heart, soul, and dreams into the entire casting process and then you get the call (or e-mail).
It says: “We love you and think you are great for the show, but not this season. Please re-apply next year!”
Your heart sinks into your stomach.
It’s tough to hear, but you will become better for it.
They kept applying and getting better until they finally made it. The key is to make sure you do improve each time through casting and not let one call ruin your dreams.
The dream of getting on Reality TV is not easy to accomplish. If it was, everyone would be doing it. It’s a difficult, and often long journey to get on a show.
It took me four years to get on Reality TV. It didn’t happen overnight. It will sting a lot when you get that rejection. It took me a while to get over it. It was painful and very confusing at times, but I’m glad I moved forward.
If I never got past the multiple rejections I received in casting, I never would have made it on the show, or won $500,000.
You will question if you have what it takes to even be on the show. You will get over this in time.
The most important thing is, once you get over it, what are you going to do about it? And how can you come back stronger?
Milk the Call/E-Mail for Information
As devastated as you will be when you get the call or e-mail, re-focus and try to get at least one piece of information to help you the next time you apply.
The casting personnel understands how hard it is to get the rejection call.
You have a shot to get some sympathy information from them by asking them a simple question:
“What is one thing you think I can do better next time?”
If they don’t answer, or don’t give you a straight answer, respectfully challenge them on it. Tell them how big of a dream it is for you to get on the show and that you would really appreciate their brutal honesty.
Whatever response they provide, remember it. Whether it is true or not, this will become your motivation to come back stronger the second time around.
After you get the information you need, thank them again for the opportunity and let it go.
Don’t show any desperation in your voice by asking if there is anything else you can do to get on this season. Tell them that you look forward to seeing them again next season and guarantee them you will be applying again.
The casting personnel will remember you and your persistence. Applying multiple years in a row defines your drive to get on the show and can even become part of your future casting story.
Don’t Give Up
This article may have ticked you off, but I hope it doesn’t discourage you.
Most people will get the casting rejection and never apply again, that is good for you AS LONG AS you aren’t one of those people who give up.
Keep applying and improving your casting game. That way, when you finally make it, victory will be that much sweeter.
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