Seven strangers, three months and more cameras than you can shake a stick at — reality-television series The Real World is seeking its next stars at UCF.
The Real World is holding an open casting call March 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cypress Room adjacent to the CFE Arena, according to a press release.
Auditioners are asked to bring a photo I.D. and headshot and must be at least 21 years old by June.
Martin Booker, senior casting director, said the show is seeking around seven cast members for its 32nd season.
“I look for really kind of dynamic, interesting people that are really able to kind of visually tell their story,” Booker said. They can be from any walks of life: They can be from a fraternity, they can be transgender, they can be gay, they can be very religious.”
The audition process comprises several stages. The first stage involves meeting with Booker and his staff alongside several other auditioners in a group dialog. If they think you’re a good fit, the team will call you back for a more in-depth personal meeting where they discuss your life, family, partying habits and relationship status to suss out whether your presence will mesh well with the other personalities in the cast.
“It’s not a show of talent; you’re putting people on for three months,” Booker said. “I’m gonna get your party life, you know, what’s going on, your social life, if you’ve got a girlfriend, if you’ve got a boyfriend, how you interact when you’re partying and what you’re doing in your life. And then we get really in-depth into family, where you come from, what growing up was like.
“We want to find out as much as we can about you. It’s interesting, actually, people tend to be more honest than with some of the people who are close to them.”
West Palm Beach native Kailah Casillas recently starred in the latest season of the show, The Real World: Go Big or Go Home. She said success in the audition process is a matter of being open, honest and interesting.
“It’s not a job interview. They want people who are going to be entertaining and give them good T.V.," she explained. "That’s what you need to think about while you’re talking to them.
“Just go into it with specific details about things. It can’t just be like, oh, why are you fun — because my friends say I am? If you give them specific details about things that you’ve done and give them stories about your crazy life shenanigans and you have things to back it up — which are true, because they’re going to ask your friends about it — I think that’s what they’re looking for."
Casillas reminisced fondly about her time on the show, but cautioned that being surrounded by cameras and strangers for three months was no walk in the park.
“There’s another side to it that nobody ever sees,” she said. “You’re psychologically just out to the test. Not only are you so weirded out by the cameras at first — it freaked me out so bad — but just living with people who are so different from you. In normal life, you choose your friends; in this circumstance, you don’t.”
Bernard Wilchusky is the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Florida Future. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @cameradudeman.