As Warhol prophesied, in the future everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame. And he’s not far off. Between social media and reality TV, anyone can be a star. But not everyone that makes it as a reality star really deserves it. Aren’t you longing for a hyper-real personality to grace the screen? Someone just like you perhaps? Now with The Next Reality Star Pittsburgh, your dreams of making it on the small screen could finally be realized. One Louder Productions, the company behind MTV’s Emmy award-winning hit show “MADE,” and the Pittsburgh Innovative Media Incubator are teaming up for the first Pittsburgh-wide open casting competition to find Pittsburgh’s Next Reality Star.
There are two ways to apply. You can go online and upload an application and 5 minute video explaining why YOU belong on TV. Or you can go to the Open Casting Call on November 17th between 10am and 4pm at WQED Studios.
The producers are encouraging applicants to keep it real, while embodying your uniqueness. “As a casting person, we know we have 3 seconds to capture people’s attention before they turn the channel. So in looking for the ‘Next Reality Star,’ we are looking for people with a special unique quality—could be humor, kindness or even that oddness or big personality—which Pittsburghers are known for. Pittsburgh is filled with genuine gems and we can’t wait to find them,” explains Ellen Berkman Davis, one of the decision makers.
Pittsburgh certainly has some characters that would be perfect for reality tv, keeping it real and entertaining all at once! In fact there are a slew of locals that have made it as reality stars. From America’s Next Top Model Joanie Dodds and Ann Markley (both from Western PA), to Suzie Meister and Tim Beggy from Road Rules, many reality stars call Pittsburgh home. This year Sharon Needles put PGH on the map for winning Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and Abby Lee from Dance Moms now has her own dance competition spin off. And let’s not forget Survivor winners Jenna Morasca and Amber Brkich, or fellow Beauty Shoppe co-worker and owner of Thread, Ian Rosenberger from Survivor Palau. Of course our favorite Pittsburgher to grace the small screen is our very own Kymbo Slice, who was featured on Everyday Health Heroes for her work with psoriasis advocacy. The list goes on and on, and your chance to join them on the road to stardom is finally here!