As you already know from reading our in-depth guide on creating and pitching reality shows, there is no better way to quickly break into the business than building your show around a great, real life character. But when you’re putting together very basic casting tapes to test whether or not someone might be great TV, there’s a HUGE mistake you need to avoid.
Characters Sell Themselves Best…
…when they’re not talking about and commenting on themselves. But what does that mean exactly?
Casting Tapes for Reality TV
A bit of what we cover today:
- Casting tapes that have big, red flags
- Things that turn off producers and executives
- How to properly illustrate what your character is all about
- Tricks for casting tapes that aren’t shooting a lot of footage
And so much more!
NOW… press that giant red “PLAY” button above to learn everything you ever wanted to know about casting tapes that make your talent look their best.
Transcript Coming Soon!
Helpful and Related Links:
Making casting tapes? These past eps and links offer additional tips and techniques you need to know. Be sure to check them out:
What makes great reality TV and documentary series characters? Everything you need to know.
This post explains how to develop shows (including shooting casting tapes) without going broke.
Three case studies including the casting tapes that lead to our MTV True Life special.
When you’re shooting your casting tapes, use our guide to getting great interviews to get the gold you need to sell your characters.
Ready to Make Some Reality TV or Unscripted Television?
Already discovered a terrific person or people you believe would make great TV? Making sure you properly present them on you casting tapes? Thinking you’re ready to pitch to us? Here’s how:
Read our in-depth page about how to pitch us a show. It also talks about what it’s really like to work in our business, the unscripted TV and film industry.