MTV True Life Casting Project
Casting volunteers wanted for MTV’s “True Life”
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 17:10
MTV’s documentary series ‘True Life’ is looking for short term casting volunteers to bring in the next great True Life characters.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work directly with the casting director and producers to find casting leads for the new episode, True Life: I’m in a Mixed-Weight Relationship.
“The episode deals with couples who have relationship-threatening conflicts due to a huge difference in body weight,” said Carlo Aguilera, Associate Producer of MTV True Life.
Communication majors received a listserv email in which Aguilera wrote an informative message in hopes of getting students to help. Kelly Paynter, communication department academic assistant, said that MTV’s True Life producer, David Abelson, contacted her directly on the casting project.
“We posted ads on Craigslist and contacted a few colleges to find some people to help us with our casting search,” Abelson said.
The ad posted by MTV gave an informative view on exactly what they were looking for between couples.
-Look between the ages of 16 and 28.
-Jealously between each other’s body types.
-Mentally and romantically distant because uncomfortable in their body.
-Afraid of going out in public, over what people may think.
-Eating in secret to avoid judgment.
These are just a couple of examples that MTV True Life is looking for between couples in a mixed-weight relationship. And if someone comes to mind, get in touch with MTV and become a casting volunteer.
Each volunteer will get the opportunity to gain experience in television production and casting, which can be a great opportunity for any communication major.
Opportunities abound to connect with people, such as through face-to-face contact, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. There are endless chances to discover the perfect characters for the episode.
While gaining experience, volunteers have no time commitment, make their own hours and can help from home. Casting directors provide all the information needed to get the project rolling.
If MTV casts a lead that the volunteer sends in, the name of the volunteer’s name will appear in the end credits. He or she will also receive an IMDB credit, which is an online database on information to films, television and video games. This opportunity may serve as a resume-builder for communication majors or anyone who is interested.
“We do not have a set deadline for the casting helper project,” Aguilera said. “We are looking for leads as soon as possible and are actively following up with any leads that we get in. We are yet to lock down our final couple, so there is still a chance to find someone for the show.”
If interested, email email@example.com giving a name, phone number and an appropriate contact time.
For more information, contact Aguilera at (212) 846-2361.