Television Experience Being On a Reality Show
Television reality shows are everywhere. And people are loving them. As interesting as they may be; it takes only someone that has experienced and seen it all. To tell you what actually go on behind the scene.
Here is my television story…
The time has come for me to spill my gut to the public about the details of my first year on a television reality show. I think there is no need to keep it bottled up. This is because of the so called “confidential agreement”. It’s not as if the television show was a big hit. I want to share my experience so that somebody out there will grow in confidence. As well as be inspired in a different kind of way.
So listen up, everybody! What you’re about to read is what really happened in My Reality Experience; the entire story.
It all started with a written audition; which is a hefty paper questionnaire. That is filled with personal queries. They range from religious belief, thoughts about friendship, political associations; to favorite designers.
Over the couple of weeks, I receive several calls from the casting television directors. The question is like “Can we meet in a midtown hotel for a callback? Is it possible to do a screen test? Can we talk to your friends and family?” And so on.
Though a television show tends to be a great prospect
Fear moves into my stomach. Reality shows are still relatively uncharted territory. Will this television show be positive as the producers painted?
When that fateful day comes through, I feel numb. It’s akin to watching a real movie about someone else. A character who makes bad decisions for our collective amusement.
“You’re going to be a cast member!” That was from the casting director.
And the second one Shouts, “CONGRATULATIONS!”
“Oh. That’s great,” I say with so much anxiety.
“Are you not going to scream?” They ask. “Everyone we called until now shouted into the phone.”
“Sure. I mean, I’m really excited and words can’t express!” I say, at a volume I hope could convince them.
For two strange days, I stay there. There is a knock on the door. The stylist who trims my hair emerges through the door. Another knock; it is a photographer that wants to take a head shot
“Can you put up some attitude” the photographer asks. I put on my most inviting sort-of-sexy mirror face. But it appears that isn’t enough. Again, he asks, “Can you look more pissed?”
Finally, a television producer arrives to pick me up
All devices are seized, as “consuming media is a distraction to good media and arts.” I go back to the van with some couple of girls; where we are told not to speak. According to them, our first introductions are to be captured on camera.
Eventually, we arrive on the set which is a mansion in the Financial District. Our home in the near future. We step out of the van and subsequently take turns riding a taxi up and down the same block. As we get out of the taxi and entering the front; it is filmed. We will do it at least five times; to adequately capture all angles. It will become a recurring theme.
The set web design has to do with a big gender stereotype
Mirrors are everywhere. But it never occurs to me that they are spaces for hidden cameras.
Most annoying; as light interferes with the light, the windows are frosted over. I’ve unknowingly entered a Barbie-themed hostage. We have no idea of the time or weather.
My colleagues, many of which are recent high school graduates. They are much younger. Though three or four years a blip on the timeline of humanity; feels like a huge chasm between the ages of 18 and 21.
Five days have passed and we are told its elimination time
Which is the first time that we are to experience it. Unfortunately, I am one of the seven girls to leave the television reality show. As well as failing to make an impression. I’m excited to be free indeed. As time progress; I find it difficult to ditch that complicated feeling. Knowing full well that I fail at something that I never want to be successful at in the first instance.
It is my belief that I will play this experience in years to come; and over and over again. I’ll use it as a reference point. As I learn new thing about myself; like navigating group dynamics. As well as the essence of privacy. A lot of things are playing in my head as the months pass.
At the time of filming, the title is still not clear. Once they stop filming it will be confirmed.
Now if I’m asked to give an experience of the television reality show I once appeared on; I will like to say I appeared on an embarrassing yet fun reality show.