In early Feb of 2012 I embarked on a journey. Already watching Extreme Makeover Weight Loss edition season 1, I was hooked. More so with Chris Powell than the real show.
“This is the Reality Of the Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition Casting Process”
But in early Feb I decided to go to a casting call after I was contacted by Casting Director Ian Young with a special VIP pass. This pass was nothing more than a piece of paper that would get me to the front of the line not having to wait in line….Wrong…I still had to wait but I was glad that I did for the simple fact that I met some really cool people in line that also had VIP passes. It was an awesome experience just being in line getting to know these people.
After the interview process we were told that if we moved on we’d receive a call by 6PM that night……….
This page is my whole experience with Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition and the casting process…
5:37PM…..Got the Call. One of the helpers from the event called to ask if I’d like to come back for a 2nd interview. of course I accepted and it was set for the next Wednesday at a hotel in the area.
I was super excited and nervous at the same time. Then came an email with instructions. I had to complete another questionnaire and this was pretty lengthy but gave both Ian and Holland something to work from.
I didn’t get to meet and talk to Holland at the casting call as she was interviewing another table but was excited to finally get a chance to met her.
These two are great and made me feel very welcomed & very conformable. I know it’s their job but I felt like I had known them forever. I was thankful that they both seen something in me to bring me in for the interview.
The process was and I tell everyone this very therapeutic. I talked about stuff that I hadn’t shared with people in years. I spilled my guts to them. Now Imagine sitting on the middle of the couch and they’re in chairs in front of you with a video camera right on you in the middle of both of them. I laughed, I cried & we joked. It was just a very big release. A release that I’m very grateful for because I believe if it weren’t for this process, It never would have happened. I never would have talked about these things.
After the interview, I was asked to make a Home Tape and send it into them. They needed it to combine with my interview tape to make a highlight reel for the producers.
After getting the tape together. I sent it off. Below is the Home Tape Submission that was sent to them.
So now it was a waiting game that was just brutal. Imagine that kid in High School that gave the girl his # and then sat by the phone waiting for it to ring.
I would get more emails with updates and asking for more information. I would also get emails that I was again moving onto the next round and process and to get them even more information.
Then came the email that I was a semi finalist and this was one of the very last steps of being flown to California for what they call “Finials Week” to meet with the producers. At this point I was really thinking, man I have moved this far along they really want me. I was extremely nervous and my emotions had the best of me. I really thought I had made it. More so when I got an email from them to go to my doctors to get information and releases done. I was also asked to get a release from all family members & friends to be on TV and a release to have my house changed around and filmed. I thought why are they asking for all this stuff now if I’m not going to be picked.
The email stated that they would let everyone know the next Friday. I never got a call. Which I thought was total bull shit. Just my opinion. To get that far and not at least get a phone call that you weren’t picked. I did everything they asked and more & quick. I had everything they asked for next day. Including the doctor’s information they had requested. I thought, hey if you’re gonna let me down just call me. I did however get an email that last night while watching the NCAA Tournament with friends at the bar on my phone. it took everything in me to hold back tears and emotions. I was sad & angry.
I can remember getting in my car that night after hanging out & having two set of emotions.
One was that I wasn’t picked and I was very crushed as I really thought with everything that they asked for that this was it, this was my time to shine. They were going to help me save my life.
The 2nd emotion was…it was finally over. I did nothing but focus my time on this whole thing. It came before everything for those two months it was all I thought about. I woke up thinking about it, went to work thinking about it, I went to bed thinking about it & I was constantly checking my phone or email waiting for the next bit of news.
I would get one more email stating that a lot of the decision-making had to do with logistics? Travel accommodation for Chris Powell. I can understand to some extent. What I can’t understand is why have a casting call in Michigan if it has to do with logistics? Why have them in Philly, New York & Boston. These cities are much further to travel than Michigan? I know I’m gonna be pissed if come season 3 there are individuals from my state or those that were mentioned. Then the logistics answer for not getting picked becomes bull shit. What’s wrong with telling me I wasn’t good enough. When I say this I’m not directing any of my feelings towards Holland or Ian. I’m sure the decision-making is out of their hands.
I’ve come to realize that my journey wasn’t meant for national TV at this point in time or may never be. My reality is this here blog. It was meant for this blog and for myself all along. This is my true journey. TooBIG.net always has been and always will be. This is how it’s supposed to be done. I still think I would have made great TV. Maybe that’s in my future somewhere….lol
For those of you that have any questions on the process or would like to ask for any tips or questions, feel free to contact me. I will help as much as I can.