Written by Adrianne Madden
Monday, 17 March 2008
You just never know who'll be on the other end of the line when the phone rings around here.
This gives me hope that one day it will be actress Evangeline Lilly (Kate on "Lost") professing her undying love for me and informing me that there is a first-class ticket waiting for me at the Portland International Jetport so that I can join her in Hawaii immediately.
So understandably my hopes rose when the phone rang last week. It wasn't Evangeline (rats!). Instead, a man named Tedd Schermerhorn introduced himself as the senior casting producer for the CBS reality television show "Big Brother".
The show gathers together colorful strangers (for example, one gal this season is listed as a "bikini barista" and another woman is a single mom described as a former model who was Penthouse Magazine's 1984 Pet of the Year). Contestants must live together for 100 days in a house in Los Angeles where multiple cameras and microphones record their every move and sound, 24-7. Each week a house guest gets voted out. The last contestant standing collects the $500,000 grand prize.
Mr. Schermerhorn explains that he's calling because "Big Brother" is starting to seek contestants for the upcoming 10th season. And they're hoping to find some folks whose professions — such as commercial fishing — are a little out of the ordinary.
Now I'm guessing that fishermen who must battle snotty weather and live with others in confined quarters aboard a boat in the middle of nowhere can hack chilling in a house in L.A. with a bunch of strangers.
CBS will hold open casting calls in the next few weeks. You can also submit a brief, home-taped audition by April 25.
If you're interested, send your name, contact info, a photo and a short paragraph about yourself to BB10casting@gmail.com. For more information about the application process and eligibility requirements, log on to www.cbs.com.
Good luck. As for me, I can't possibly audition. Evangeline could call me any moment now.
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