Applying for shows
Getting on to a show is normally a straightforward process of filling out an application form, followed by a phone call from the casting team with a few questions about your application and then, hopefully, an audition in person.
Note: You always have a better chance of success with newly-commissioned shows, simply down to fewer people applying so it's good to keep an eye out for these.
So, how do you make your application stand out? The first rule of thumb is to check the closing date of the application process. If the casting team have found the required number of auditionees after a couple of weeks, you are risking not being called at all, if you spent too long procrastinating over your form filling.
Top tips for a winning application form
- Make sure your photo has a smile! If you can get across some of your personality, all the better!
- Most forms ask how you'd spend your winnings. Saying that you'd pay off debt and clear the mortgage may be what happens with some (or all) of your winnings, but it's not going to make you stand out. If you've got an aunt who lives in a cave in Iceland you'd like to visit, that's a better story to tell on TV.
- It's also best to be honest with any of your skills/hobbies. You do not want the embarrassment of being asked to demonstrate your amazing ball-juggling skills at the audition, when you actually have two left hands.