Big Brother 20 is right around the corner which means casting is well underway for the season which will begin in June!
While it may seem like a long time away, this is a fairly long process of multiple interviews so don’t wait to apply and certainly don’t miss a casting call date if you live near one of these cities (or both)!
I’m going to be real with you now. The chances of actually making it on the show are slim to none. There are typically only about 16 slots and a solid 10 of them appear to be recruitments rather than applicants. This means you actually probably have a better shot at the bar in one of these cities when the casting process is over than you actually do at the casting call, but that doesn’t mean skip it. It means go to the casting call and then stay in the city for the night! I’ve heard numerous stories about potential cast members being approached at bars and asked if they’d like to audition for the show (which basically means you skip the first few rounds).
I don’t have a ton of experience in actual casting calls but I do have some tips based on the type of cast they produce on a year to year basis….
- Fit a role – This really means be yourself, but make sure yourself is something they’re looking for. I guess that means acting a part, but you don’t really want to waste a lot of time acting like something you’re not. They’ll sniff it out and you won’t make it far.
- This means if you’re an average looking person, you pretty much need to be the ‘superfan’. Toss out some facts about previous seasons if you can fit it into any conversation. Maybe mention how you’re on this site all summer long! Kidding, sort of. As much as it pains me to realize I’m not the ‘top’ Big Brother blog, you need to namedrop some big sites like Reddit, Jokers, and Hamsterwatch. BBN is also a good one to list as they manage to snag pre-season interviews.
- If you’re good-looking, don’t be scared to play the showmance card. They love seeing people hook up and that’s pretty much what they ask all the wannabe models before entering the house
- They almost always cast an egomaniac buff dude. If you feel you have nothing to lose, go into the casting call, take your shirt off, flex and tell them “This is how I make bank, baby!” You may feel dumb, but they aren’t expecting a genius for that role. It may or may not work, but I’d love to hear people actually try it!
- If you’re an old fart like me, don’t be scared to go. Sure, they only cast 1-2 ‘old people’ per season, but they DO cast them and they’re almost always applicants.
- If you’re trying for the dorky and/or superfan role, look the part. Glasses, maybe even a bowtie for shits and giggles. Don’t go full on Revenge of the Nerds but don’t go putting in your contacts and wearing some super expensive clothes if you’re meant to be the dork of the house.
I know these are all stereotypes, but it’s also reality. They almost always cast a certain type of person every single season for about 6-10 different stereotypes before filling out the rest with models and people who generally caught their eyes. Do some research on your role. If you’re really serious about getting on the show, go back the past 10 seasons and see the patterns of the roles they cast.
For example, the parent. Every season there is a “house parent” who is supposed to be the older and mature one. Preferably with kids that they talk about all the time
- BB19 – Kevin
- BB18 – Glenn (I assume)
- BB17 – Da’Vonne (though BB17 may have gone with just the ‘cougar’ Shelli instead)
- BB16 – Brittany
- BB15 – Helen
- BB14 – Chef Joe
- BB13 – Shelly
If I think of more tips, I’ll post them on my Big Brother 20 page you can follow along. If you have any tips, feel free to share! Also, if you’ve had any experience in the actual casting process, please let me know so I can try to put together a decent ‘how-to’ guide for you guys. I know a few of you have gone pretty deep.