How To Get On Reality TV

by Dan Gheesling

How you’ll feel after you get a callback!

1. Act as if.  Shoot your video or enter the casting call with confidence. Amp yourself up and approach it with a nothing to lose attitude. Robyn Kass can smell desperation a mile away. (Thanks Ben Affleck NSFW!)

2. Have ONE compelling story ready to go. Don’t memorize your story but have one of your best personal stories ready to tell. Have a beginning, middle, and ending to your story. Don’t rehearse it, tell your story like you would to a friend. Make sure the closing of your story has some bang to it.

3. Know your role. Define yourself for the Casting Director. If you are a geek, say so, and state why. If you are a jock, admit to it. Don’t walk away from the video or casting call unsure of the role you are going to be cast in. Define who you are, don’t leave it open to interpretation.

A Little Extra Help…

How-To-Get-On-Reality-TV-The-Complete-Step-By-Step-GuideGood luck to everyone trying out for their Reality TV series!

For those of you who want a little extra help in the reality TV casting process, I wrote a guide that will tell you exactly how I won myself invites to get cast in the show and eventually winning $500,000 from Big Brother.

Click here to view the guide: How To Get On Reality TV: The Complete Step by Step Guide

Best of luck to all the hopefuls!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiffany Pritchett October 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Hey thank your for answering my previous question. I appreciate it! I actually had another question. I realized that the casting for Big Brother 15 has already started. They are taking online submissions as of currently and will start casting calls sometime in March. Is it wise to go on ahead and send a video as early as possible or wait a little bit?


Dan Gheesling October 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Send your video in whenever you think it is 100% done! :)


Johnny October 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Dan for the extra help, it’s appreciated. I’m putting the final touches on my audition video that I will be e-mailing in by this weekend.:)


Dan Gheesling October 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Good luck Johnny!


Adeel Ahmed October 11, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Thank you Dan for the guidance, advice and CDN discount! Toronto open call is on Sunday and I just bought your guide book for some last minute tips.

Do you think there is realistically a spot on the show for someone who isn’t necessarily super-outgoing or crazy but understands the game/show.


Dan Gheesling October 14, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Thanks Adeel! Yes there is a realistic spot, but you have to develop your character in a certain way if you are not “crazy” or “super-outgoing.” I am neither of those, so I had to play some things up to get on the show.


Nicole December 14, 2012 at 9:15 am

Can you be a bit more specific: What should be developed to sell yourself to the producers?


Dan Gheesling January 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yes: you need to sell them who you are, through stories that highlight certain personality traits that you have. :)


Anne October 12, 2012 at 3:27 am

Hiya Dan :) Again I appreciate all the articles you write, always a great help. I’m not going to try for the 1st season of BB in Canada, I’m waiting for the 2nd season…I could never get ready that quick ROFL that’s just how I am, I need to read lots and learn as much as I can, it will take time for me, however please please keep sending your articles , tips , suggestions everything I keep it all and I read it all over and over again. I really enjoy your podcasts what a great way to interact eh :) I am looking forward to getting the complete video course, I’ll get it soon. Just a FYI. :) You WILL see me on BB Canada season 2 ROFL You are the best, thank you so much for all your time and hard work. #TeamMist4Ever


Dan Gheesling October 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thanks Anne – keep coming back to the site tips and advice will be posted. :)


Joseph Rayes October 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hey Mr. Gheesling :P
Thank you so much for the Coupon Code special! It’s really great to see you appreciate your Canadian fans! I just finished reading through the Step by Step guide! It’s super awesome and really helped me realize how little I understood about the casting process. I’m going to the final casting call for Big Brother Canada in Toronto this Sunday so hopefully all of your advice pays off (fingers crossed). Thanks again for writing and publishing this book for people like myself who are pretty average and for the constant tips and updates on your site. Team Dan all the way!


Dan Gheesling October 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Joseph, glad you enjoyed the book! :)


Brad November 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

Hey Dan!!
You were robbed!! Jannel was right – total travesty if you didn’t win – and it was!! Amazing game play brother! Question – If you made a mistake years ago and it resulted in no criminal record but you were charged, mugshot, finger print etc. You get your slap on wrist – no record. Do you confess at any point – will they understand and recognize you’re not defined by your mistakes. Will they look at where you are at now and how well you’re doing – a total 360 and still give you a shot?


Dan Gheesling January 22, 2013 at 7:03 am

Brad, I would just be open about that situation. It is basically a legal issue, which is a non issue, if you are not a convicted felon. Honesty is the best policy when dealing with your background in casting.


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