The following is an account of the Survivor audition experience for one of our readers. Reality show hopefuls may find his information helpful.
Tim: I have auditioned for Survivor on two prior occasions, both of which were via the three-minute video. I knew that I wanted to partake in a live audition for my third. I saw on Chelsea Meissner’s Facebook page that she and her fellow Survivor: One Worlder (and winner), Kim Spradlin, would be in attendance for a live casting call at the Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
I had no idea what to expect. I heard that it would be similar to a video in the sense that I would have three minutes to talk about myself. I am friends with several former Survivor contestants on Facebook and was fortunate enough to receive a response from Pearl Islands’ Jonny Fairplay. The advice he gave me was, “just be yourself ×11.” So, that is exactly what I planned to do.
I have worked in the hospitality industry for the past ten years, so I naturally have an outgoing and vibrant personality. However, I knew that I wanted to have a leg up on the competition, so I may or may not have had a Monster and a Mountain Dew right before going in.
I acted like the audition had started as soon as I stepped out of my truck.
I was smiling the entire time, even as I walked across the parking lot to the entrance. I immediately started talking to one of the waitresses as soon as I walked in. Some how she knew I was there for the audition and directed me to where I needed to go.
I entered the lounge where other Survivor hopefuls were. My buddy and I waited in line for a very short amount of time. All we had to do was fill out a form with basic personal information, then we were given a number that would be called at a later time.
As aforementioned, I acted like the entire situation was staged. I was constantly smiling and laughing while everyone else in the room was just standing by themselves. I was the most outgoing person there, without a doubt. On certain occasions, I even noticed that people were just sitting back and watching all of us. It made me assume that it was people from the casting crew judging us, but I do not know that for sure.
I took it upon myself to talk to Chelsea and Kim on three separate occasions. We talked about random things: the Heroes vs. Villains buff I was sporting, Parvati Shallow, their season, and what to expect as soon as I walk into the auditorium. Kim warned me that I would only have one minute to say what I needed to say.
Prior to coming, I knew exactly what I wanted to say, but in my mind it was a three-minute speech. I probably had about 15 minutes to figure out what I thought was most important.
The moment I finally got nervous was when my number was called. My hands began to sweat, but I maintained my smile the entire time.
I am not going to tell you what I said, but I did say everything I wanted to say. Before I left the casino I had the girls sign my buff, had a couple pictures taken with them, and even asked for hugs– which they allowed. And for those wondering, no, I did not win any money at the casino. Haha.
The CBS website says that calls will be made between January and March 29, 2013. Keep your fingers crossed!
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