Over the last few years, through shows like Love is Blind, The Circle, Too Hot to Handle, and The Ultimatum, Netflix has cemented its footprint in the world of reality TV. One of the biggest questions fans have asked is “how to get cast on a Netflix reality show?”
This article will highlight the audition process and give some insight from Netflix Casting Directors. On top of that, I sent some messages to some of my friends in the reality TV world to get their opinion on how you, yes you, can be on the next season of your favorite reality TV show.
Scroll to the end to hear what reality stars from The Circle, Love is Blind, The Ultimatum, and Perfect Match had to say!
How to Audition for Netflix Reality Shows
- Determine your goal. Are you trying to find love? Or are you good (or bad!) at baking? Or are you trying to win a competition?
- Head on over to NetflixReality.com. Once you go there, select the shows you want to audition for. Click “next” and enter your information, including your name, email address, and links to your social media (this is optional).
- Record a 1-minute audition video. You must shoot in Portrait Mode and include your name, age, and where you are from. More importantly, in this video, show your personality, be yourself, and don't mimic someone you've seen on these shows in the past.
Here's a few of the shows that Netflix is currently accepting auditions for:
- The Ultimatum in San Diego, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Phoenix. You can apply for the show here.
- The Circle is currently looking to cast the newest season of the show right now. You can apply for the show here.
- Love is Blind is on the hunt for singles in the following cities, Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. You can apply for the show here.
Here's Some Tips from Netflix Casting Directors
Last September, Erin Tomasello the casting director for The Circle and Rich Leist Director of Casting, Unscripted Content Acquisition for Netflix, gave an interview with the “We Have the Receipts” podcast where they offered some advice on nailing your audition.
Here's some of what Tomasello had to say, “I know it sounds cheesy, but be yourself… the thing that comes through the most [to casting directors] is when you're just true to yourself. You're genuine, you're open, you're sharing things about you … and not trying to be what you think we want… every individual has their own spin. And together as a cast is what makes that so special. We don't want everybody to be jumping off a wall.”
Leist advised to take advantage of Netflix's casting site to audition for more than one show. This contrasts with the previous system, where casting was on a show-by-show basis.
“Even if [a show] wasn't casting, you could go there and register your interest for it. So you would be notified when there is a casting or when there's any casting for Netflix.”
AND Here's What Netflix Reality TV Stars Had to Say
I reached out to cast members from some top Netflix series to ask for some advice if you plan to audition for a Netflix reality show. Here's what they had to say:
“The best advice I can give anybody on how to get cast is to truly be 100% yourself! If you look at all of the people that have really resonated with audiences, they are always unapologetically themselves. Do not put on an act or try to be something you are not. The camera always knows when you are telling the truth. Give yourself the best possible chance you can by putting it all out there and not holding anything back. That sort of truth WILL resonate with audiences around the world. Lastly, make the most of your time auditioning by not having any regrets. Give them everything they want. Wishing you all the best of luck, and I hope to see you on my TV screen soon and to welcome you into the Netflix fam with open arms. Much love to all of you” – Joey Sasso, winner of Season 1 of The Circle and was on Season 1 of Perfect Match.
“Be Yourself,” and don't pretend to be something you are not. Casting Directors will see right through that. Bring positive vibes and just be YOU!!! – Tammy Eason from Season 1 of The Circle.
“Honestly, the best advice I have is to just be honest with who you are and what you want.” – Lauren “LC” Chamblin from Season 1 of Love is Blind and Perfect Match.
“Throughout the casting process it's important to be authentic, responsive, and most importantly, to trust the process. I believe the casting process was over four months but I stayed interested and was patient.” – Anthony LaScalea from Love Is Blind Season 3
“Be flexible with your schedule as filming dates can change.” – Vanessa from The Ultimatum: Queer Love.
“Stay true to your soul, have electric energy, and never give up.” – Shubham Goal from Season 1 of The Circle.
Now Go Be the Next Big Reality TV Star!
You've heard it from the casting directors and the stars of the shows themselves. So now we've given you all the tools to become the next big Netflix Reality TV star.
Dream big and maybe you'll find yourself winning The Circle like Joey Sasso or finding love on Love Is Blind like Brett and Tiffany!