Friday, April 2, 2010
Frivolous Friday April 2nd
I had a lot of time to think while on this past production job sitting in casting auditions all day. My mind wandered and my phone died all too quickly because I was on the internet constantly. When I got off the internet I couldn't help but think about why it is people audition for reality shows. Why would anyone consciously want to be put under a microscope like that? To be subjected to social experimentation without recourse or protection by a validated research agency seems insignificant but after the shit hits the fan then what? Instead, you are under contract with a money grubbing, power hungry, ratings starved production company who needs you to be as entertaining as possible so that they can get more viewers and make more money from their network and cable channel masters. Then, when they're done with you, you're for the most part thrown away. How many people have had success after American Idol? For a show with monster ratings and huge appeal to mass audiences what all this tells us is that people care more about "the process" of getting to "America's Next Top... whatever" than what actually happens to them once they get there.