Things to know before applying for a reality TV or game show.
Ever since the early 2000s, the reality TV industry has been booming. While initially hitting home with the younger audience, reality TV shows now come in many different formats targeting everyone from teenagers to families and mature adults.
From cooking shows like My Kitchen Rules and Masterchef, to all-ages shows like Australia’s Got Talent, the X-factor and the Biggest Loser, there's a little something for everyone when it comes to reality TV. However, if you’re not up for airing your private life, entering a game show might be another opportunity to spice up your life.
If you or someone you know is thinking about entering a reality TV or game show here's what you need to consider first:
- Be true to yourself and set a goal
If signing up for a TV show seems like a fun idea, think about what your strengths and weaknesses are before applying. Are you a superstar cook? A trivia wiz or would you prefer to be in a team orientated environment? Ask yourself what it is that you want to take home from the show. It could be a cash prize, a learning experience or a physical and mental makeover. It’s ok to be in-it-to-win-it but you might enjoy it more if the overall experience is just as important to you.
- Learn about the show before you apply
While it may seem obvious, do some research on the show before you apply. Find out who you’ll be working with, what previous contestants have had to say about their experiences and brush up on the specific skills needed. Watch several episodes of a game show and see if there’s a pattern in the strategies used to win it all or lose it all. You might be tempted to take changes while the camera is rolling but make up your mind before show time – will you gamble or will you take a smaller prize?
- Understand your privacy will come second
Most audiences love reality TV shows because they provide an insight in to the lives of everyday people just like you and me – and we find that relatable. With the Internet and social media though, has also come an age where it’s increasingly harder to keep things private. If you’re on a show where you’ll be appearing on a week to week basis, there’s a strong chance you may become a household name and/or people will want to know about your life. If this doesn’t appeal to you, shows like Bringing Sexy Back where you appear on one full episode may be a better choice as compared to shows that run weekly such as MKR and The Amazing Race.
- Producers will have a say in how you are portrayed
Some shows play significantly on the emotions of the viewer and will encourage you to share parts of your life story to better connect with the audience. To avoid being taken by surprise you may decide beforehand what you’re comfortable sharing and stick to your own script so to speak. While a tell-all may be good for ratings you could end up regretting it later on. Never feel pressured to over share.
- Make sure you have a strong support system
Before a show, during the filming and after (when it airs) is a time where you’ll need your family and friends to rally around you. Whether it’s a show you only appear on once, or a continuous and heartfelt journey, such as The Biggest Lose, the support of your family and friends will mean everything. The producers may also require you to take significant time of from your work and other commitments so ensure your employer and your family is okay with this.
If you’ve been on a reality program or a game show we’d like to hear from you. How was the experience? Would you recommend it? Leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org