Some people will do anything to be famous. Everyday I hear more reports about some want a be trying to do something outrageous, unethical, immoral and sometimes flat out illegal to get their own reality TV show. I hope to think that the general public recognizes that many of those shows are somewhat scripted, altered living quarters often filled with extreme personalities placed in often unrealistic situations. Is perception is reality to the point that it’s manipulated and fabricated to boost ratings? Is the only motive is gets them to where they want to go for their 15 seconds of fame. If so what does it actually say about them as a brand? Thank about the implications of how these people be known for publicly for years to come. From the avid political party crashers, Tareq and Michaele Salahi to Levi Johnston using his court custody battle over his child to stay public to claiming your child is inside a home made weather balloon are all stunts to prove to producers they have the right stuff for their own reality show. The way Jon Gosselin handled his exit compelling and interesting enough to drum up high ratings. Public Relation driven antics only will get you so far. The public persona of his is damaged enough. John, get a clue, the show was positioned as a family friendly show. It’s not about you. As a disclaimer I am not referring to the dance or singing shows in this case.
You actually have to have real talent to keep the fame going beyond the ability to eat one pound of earthworms in under a minute.
Selecting Reality TV Contestants
“Also something to steer away from is rehearsing it too much. Go in knowing 3-4 things about you that make you interesting. At the end of the day we are looking for the right personality for the show, not someone that just has gimmicks. We want to know about you, not how you compare to other characters from past seasons.” (Excerpt from http://www.jobmonkey.com/realitytv/selections.html)
This genre has been seen as the “golden ticket” into fame and fortune, but at what cost to themselves and others?
Think of all of the thousands of tax dollars and man hours spent looking for a lost boy that was at home the whole time. The Salahis didn’t consider crashing a party a breach in national security. Sometimes people get caught up in themselves and fail to recognize the full implications of their actions. We are all human, we all make mistakes. But will these few actually learn from them. Time will only tell.
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