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Episode Info: Dana Golder is one of the biggest casting directors in reality TV. Just some of her credits include The Biggest Loser, The Amazing Race, and Cash Cab. We’ve been lucky enough to work with her on Beauty and the Geek, Scream Queens, Ghost Inside My Child, and Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne. Today, Dana is giving you priceless tips on casting just about every kind of reality TV show and documentary series you could imagine. From finding great real people to talking to them and and determining if they would be great TV, Dana is teaching you how to cast reality TV. Priceless!   Trying to Cast Reality TV or Documentary Series? You better be a people person…or learn to be. One thing Dana is very clear about today is that you have to remember real people are just that…real people. They are not actors. They are not performers. They’re real people living their lives. That means when you’re trying cast reality TV or documentary series projects or pitch tapes there will be a learning curve. For you, and them. They don’t know how TV and “showbiz” work. You’ll need to educate them without alienating them, and we talk about that a lot today. More than anything, remember that you’re not looking for a performance. You don’t want anyone “acting” on any TV show or documentary you’re making. You need real people to be real…to live their lives openly and honestly. Getting to that point begins with your very first conversation, and continues for years after you’ve rolled your last frame. Going in-depth with Dana Golder Just some of what we cover today: * How to recognize if someone is right for reality television * The one trait great reality TV potentials have in common * The importance of who surrounds your talent in real life * The wrong way to approach a casting director if you want to be on unscripted television. * How casting directors find real people (and how you can, too.) * Finding the right chemistry for a reality TV cast * The role of social media in casting TV shows * What NOT to say if you’re trying to get cast on a TV show * What hobbies tell you about a potential cast member * Differences between casting docu-series and skill-based competition shows * Checking for the right cast mRead more »

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