Have you guys ever try out for a TV show?

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    May 24, 2015 6:04 AM GMT
    It can be a TV show, casting, commercials or reality tv show!
    I was a little bit bored today but yeah I sent in a short video/app to The Amazing Race. Applied to Big brother in the past and MTV real world about 10 years ago. Anyone been on any TV shows or experience any casting here? Just a fun topic. icon_biggrin.gif

  • builtnycguy

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    May 24, 2015 5:54 PM GMT
    Had a Jeopardy audition a few years back. Passed the test, but never got a call back.
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    May 24, 2015 9:31 PM GMT
    ^^ Pazzy as the angry black guy on Real world! Haha jk bro, oh well, I got to second round for that show but yeah, they picked a more Dramatic chick. icon_redface.gificon_lol.gif
  • ChicagoSteve

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    May 24, 2015 10:01 PM GMT
    Responded to a casting call for featured extras for an episode of Chicago Fire. I already had headshots ready so I sent one in. It was really a shock, I sent it in while rushing to get out the door before leaving for work. Literally two hours later when I was at work my cell phone rang, it was the show's casting office and I was offered a role in an upcoming episode. I played a Homeland Security Special Agent. it was a pretty cool experience. So much fun, and so surreal to see myself on TV when the episode aired two months later.
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    May 24, 2015 10:16 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've been in a few major motion pictures as a featured extra and a few commercials. I don't mean to sound bitter or ungrateful, but it can get boring at times. You have to wait around for hours before your scene is shot. It is a lot more work that people realize. I had to shoot several scenes that took place in summer, but the actual outside temperature was 17 degrees. We were instructed to breath thru our nose so our breath wouldn't show and we had to dress in summer attire. This went on for hours. It isn't all glamorous. After a few hours of doing this, it got to be just another job.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    May 24, 2015 10:25 PM GMT
    Gymdog saidYeah, I've been in a few major motion pictures as a featured extra and a few commercials. I don't mean to sound bitter or ungrateful, but it can get boring at times. You have to wait around for hours before your scene is shot. It is a lot more work that people realize. I had to shoot several scenes that took place in summer, but the actual outside temperature was 17 degrees. We were instructed to breath thru our nose so our breath wouldn't show and we had to dress in summer attire. This went on for hours. It isn't all glamorous. After a few hours of doing this, it got to be just another job.


    Yes, you are right. The day I shot my scene, I had to be there at 645am, but my scene was not filmed until 245pm. There is a lot of waiting around in a holding room. We had to do 8 takes of the scene before we were released. I actually want to be a working actor, so I found the experience really fun. Because acting is so competitive and so many people want to do it, I think to really succeed, you need an insider with connections helping you. Otherwise, I think it is almost impossible to break through.
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    May 25, 2015 1:42 AM GMT
    I don't mean to discourage you from acting. It's a lot of fun and you get to meet a lot of interesting people. I worked on one movie set for about 3 months and I just got used to being around it...not that I'm any expert. I became friends with the casting director on the first film I did and after that I was called for every project that was in my area. I wish you all the luck in your pursuit. Don't wait for a casting call...see if you can get a job as a production assistant or something similar. That is an ideal way to get your foot in the door and to meet the right people and it also looks good on your resume. Just remember to stay away from the craft services table or you will gain weight!
  • Descamisado

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    May 25, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
    Like builtnycguy, I've taken the Jeopardy test and passed the audition (four times, but who's counting?)

    In my last audition group, one of the other contestants told me that middle-aged white guys typically do well at the auditions, but are at a disadvantage to actually being called because the network wants a diversity of contestants. "White" and "guy" are givens, but how he was able to ascertain I was middle-aged is beyond me.
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    May 25, 2015 2:22 AM GMT
    pazzy saidthe real world and so happy that they didn't call me or select me to be on that piece of shit show.


    Yeah, cause we all know you would have told them to fuck off had you gotten that phone call. icon_lol.gif
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    May 25, 2015 2:25 AM GMT
    I've had minor parts in a few films and starred in a couple of short films. Several commercials, although the only national commercials you guys might have seen were for Zyrtec, Zatarrain's Rice and a public announcement commercial about the dangers of monkeying around power lines. Yeah, I'm a pretty big deal. icon_cool.gif
  • bro4bro

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    May 25, 2015 2:59 AM GMT
    I was on Jeopardy back in 1993. A couple years later they offered me a job as a researcher on the show - would have loved the job, but the pay was crap.

    I was also in Spider-Man (2002) - the first Tobey McGuire film - for a grand total of 35 frames (about a second and a half). I was an unpaid "volunteer" in a crowd scene. For my brief scene, I was in the center of the screen and the focus of attention - but you pretty much have to freeze frame the DVD to see it.
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    May 25, 2015 7:38 AM GMT

    I once signed up for casting, extras, (opps, background actor). The show they were casting for was Sons Of Anarchy, I didn't have the great beard I have today and one of the AD's (assistant director) said at one point, "you can be too good looking for a certain part", at which he looked at me. I thought, OMG, im not getting a part in this show icon_lol.gif.

    I do like the idea that these casting projects as a background actor, if they like your personal vehicle, the right style and color and you give permission, they can use you and your car for scenes in the project

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    May 25, 2015 10:34 AM GMT
    I had forgotten, but decades ago I was one of the "stars" in a short advertising movie produced by a local ad agency for a prominent local business which has an international market for its leisure and art products. The wife of one of my colleagues worked for the ad agency, so for a cast of "normal" people, her husband and the friends of the wife were recruited to do these pretend activities in this movie. Our scenes were shot in one evening as we pretend-painted objects which were already finished. We "stars" were a totally unlikely group ever to be caught dead doing such projects in real life. However, we had a fun evening and soon forgot about the whole deal, although as I recall at one point we did get together to see the finished film.

    Years passed and I ran into the film producer at a Christmas party, who jokingly greeted his "star." He asked me if anyone I knew had ever said anything to me about seeing me in the movie. I replied, "no, never." He said that I would probably be surprised to know that it was a tremendously successful advertising movie which had been seen by over a million people world-wide, in all the countries where our local company sold its products. I was, and we had a good laugh about it and drank some more Christmas punch!
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    May 25, 2015 10:36 PM GMT
    Oh cool, I've done some extras, casting, commercial stuff too. Let's see, I was a passenger at an airport for American Express. I was in Moneyball, in the crowd. I Was also in Funny people, at the airport scene and Trauma TV show and several other stuff I forgot the names. (Some of these set in SF, I did it when I was there). I think it was fun for a while but I just hate the irregular long hours. SO now, I just end up with focusing on Screenwriting more but yes I'm still focusing on a regular job. It's so hard to sell that script to Hollywood. Lol Anyway, Root for me, I applied to be a gay single on the Amazing race, Passport ready to go baby. icon_evil.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    May 26, 2015 3:25 AM GMT
    I signed up for Wheel of Fortune back in the late 90s, but never heard back.

    My uncle acted in a commercial for Community Coffee back in the mid-80s.
  • secondstartot...

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    May 26, 2015 5:24 PM GMT
    I was in several TV commercials and TV shows in South Africa - a Bank of Nigeria AD ....They cut my "scene" out of District 9

    but I managed to sneak my camera on set

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    May 26, 2015 8:52 PM GMT
    ^^ you look like a villain / alien (Nero) from another planet ... like that Star Trek movie with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk. Hahahaha, it's all good !icon_lol.gif
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    May 27, 2015 6:09 AM GMT
    I was meant to be a military guy ...working with the villan ( the bald guy ) at one point in the movie they are watching a training video on how to kill "prawns" I was supposed to be in that...apparently I hold a gun funny
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    Jul 24, 2015 6:25 PM GMT
    Was a member of what used to be the Screen Extras Guild, in the 80s/90s. Worked quite a bit as featured background on many TV shows for the time.

    Because Reagan/Congress changed the tax-structure in 1986, many people quit the industry. Helped me get into a bunch of commercials.(Gatorade, Michelob, Jack-In-The-Box, Cheer, Sears, etc) and into some of the 80s "franchise" films like "Police Academy", "Caddyshack", "Ghostbusters" and "Predator".

    Is all MUCH different now. My height and age, as well as being black has REALLY hurt opportunities to work in ANY capacity in entertainment. Has become ALL about youth, as well as other demographics. Only a couple of jobs in the last 5 years, the last as a standin on the "Survivors Reunion" show in 2014.
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    Jul 25, 2015 12:04 PM GMT
    A group of friends and I were approched on our college campus - we were all in the middle of an ultimate frisbee pickup match - and asked if we'd be interested in letting them film for a laundry soap ad.

    This team had all the paperwork and we filled out some info on some lightweight contracts while they pulled a washing machine and some cameras out of a van.

    They - there were 3 of them, two camera guys and the "host" - asked us to go into the van and change out of our clothes in into some rather flimsy white t-shirts and shorts. Those of us with colored boxers or briefs had them show through the whites, so they asked us to go back and change and put on some white underwear.

    Everything was new and packaged and seemed normal enough... they asked us to play around, and 'purposefully' stain up the whites. they all filmed it a bit, then filmed us taking off the shirts to toss in the washer... of course they faked taking the "clean shirts" out again and wearing them with the shorts which all looked dingy now next to the new shirts... then we went back into the van to change back into our own clothes.

    Whole process took about 2 hours.

    We never heard anything from anyone ever again, and as far as we know, there was no commercial ever put out. No one was paid, and when one buddy went to contact the company listed on the contracts, the number was bogus.

    We THINK we might have wound up on some amateur "peeping tom" porn site... hidden cameras in the van watching us strip and dress and stuff... but we don't have any proof of that either.
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    Jul 26, 2015 11:23 AM GMT
    JonSpringon said
    We THINK we might have wound up on some amateur "peeping tom" porn site... hidden cameras in the van watching us strip and dress and stuff... but we don't have any proof of that either.


    It seems a rather elaborate setup, just for a few fleeting cock shots. Besides, had that been the case, the porn film would probably have surfaced by now.

    Perhaps they just decided not to run the footage after market research and ad testing: "Our research concluded test panel members were too distracted by the hot frisbee guys to identify the brand".
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    Jul 26, 2015 5:40 PM GMT
    Tried out for "Jeopardy" twice, passed the tests and the practice games, but never got called. Also, on a fraternity bro's whim, tried out to be Pat Sajak's replacement when he was considering a late night show and, amazingly, made it thru three cuts before being screened out. "I coulda been a contender!" icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 19, 2015 11:41 AM GMT
    I applied to the Real World back in 2010 or so. I got pretty far and I was told not to audition again, so I don't know if that's a good or bad thing.

    Went to Survivor/Big Brother open calls. Really bad experience and never heard from any of those shows.

    As far as non reality tv goes, I applied to be in one of Tyler Perry's tv shows and did not make it.
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    Aug 20, 2015 6:21 AM GMT
    Well, I never "tried out" for anything. Along with a bunch of my friends, I was in the background of a few scenes of a crappy old Disney movie they filmed at our County Fair one year. (I was washing my cow, mostly out of focus, while Randy Quaid and Christopher Lloyd are having an argument - back when they were still young nobodies.)

    I was in a bunch of "Discovery Channel" type of shows back in the 90's. Sometimes a producer would come visit and then decide not to use me. e.g. for Bill Nye's show. After doing a few of these, and watching similar shows, I gradually learned that if the producer thought that your work was visually boring, they would always interview you while driving your car or climbing around on rocks. Go watch... you'll see what I mean.

    One of those took three days of filming for about ten minutes of air time. I took the camera crew for a field trip in the Grand Coulee. They seemed most excited when they found that my day pack, that I kept in the back of the 4-runner, was the same color as the car. icon_rolleyes.gif (Yes, so gay, but apparently telegenic.) Most of one day was spent just driving my car up a dirt road, while the camera and the director were perched on a cliff, with a walkie talkie, telling me what to do. They were trying to get the dust plume to catch the sun just right. At least their intern washed my car between takes. Then we climbed around on the rocks, while I hammered out some samples with a rock pick, for no particular reason. (The really interesting rocks were back in the caves, where there wasn't enough light.)

    When they finally asked questions about my work, it was getting dark. They suckered a spotlight onto the windshield of the car. The director and the sound man in the back seat. Camera guy rode shotgun. Then had me drive down a cliff road with no guard rail, in the dark, while they asked questions. I couldn't see a damned thing with that spot in my face. I guess that terror came across as enthusiasm in the footage. (O god O god, we're all gonna die.)

    After all that, they edited the interview to make it sound like I supported something that I totally disagreed with.

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    Another interesting show was a local Spanish TV news segment. I was all worried about my virtually incomprehensible Spanish skills. But... the news reporter was this long, tan, supermodel-looking chick who was wearing hot pants, string bikini top, and spike heels. And a hard hat. In an old mine. icon_rolleyes.gif Which was great, because it didn't matter a damned bit what I said or tried to say. "What? There was a dude in that shot?"