There is no one-size-fits-all approach to becoming a celebrity these days. Reality television shows are a completely genuine and successful way to build your platform (or start one from scratch) and rub elbows with the biggest names in the industry from the realms of acting, singing, modeling, dancing, and more.
You may be wary of exposing so much of yourself to the public view, or you may be concerned about contractual obligations. Perhaps you’re just curious as to how this strange sausage is manufactured. We’re here to provide you with a behind-the-scenes look, as well as answers to your burning concerns about how to get cast on a reality show.
The reason a reality show is worth your time can be summed up in one word: exposure. Actually, there is a word that comes before that one: free exposure. In general, you must join SAG-AFTRA in order to work on television. As you presumably know, joining a union is not only a time-consuming and labor-intensive procedure, but it’s also costly.
First-time membership fees, on top of annual dues, pile up quickly, and being a member of the union is no guarantee that you’ll go on television and earn enough money to pay off those dues. Of course, this isn’t to suggest you shouldn’t join the union; it’s just that it’s a lengthy procedure.
Because reality shows are not affiliated with SAG, any talent put on them will receive whatever exposure they do at no expense to them. Consider this: Suppose you’re watching a 12-episode series; that’s 12 hours of screen time—possibly network screen time—for which you paid $0.
Another fantastic benefit of a reality show is that, depending on your goals, you may be able to obtain coaching from a big name or the best in the business, all for the low price of nothing.