With the influx of reality shows in the last decade, many people have been forced to wonder…just how real are these reality shows? Some of the fights on Bad Girls Club just look to authentic to be fake, and Snooki and JWoww have to be true BFFs right? Well the actual answer is this: yes and no. Reality shows are in fact, “casted” by a group of casting directors who search for specific talent related to the the reality series they are casting. This specific talent can range from an everyday divorced mother of three, to aspiring actors and actresses hoping that becoming a TV personality will solidify their yellow brick road to stardom (think Tila Tequila, Nene Leakes, Adrian Curry, etc).
The thing to understand about reality TV is that the cast of these shows do in fact “audition” to be chosen to work on a reality TV series, and many of the talent are often represented by top acting agents and managers who alert them to these specific auditions. However, this does not negate the fact that for certain shows many casting directors conduct an ‘open call‘ to attempt to gain authentic, compelling people who are participants in the subjects that they are creating a show about. Shows like “Hoarders”, “My Strange Addiction, “Pregnant in Heels” or “Say Yes to the Dress” all cover the stories of people who are facing different situations like overcoming a compulsive disorder, or getting married.