'Survivor' casting call in Columbus on Wednesday

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 11, 2012 

If you're thinking about swallowing a goldfish on Wednesday, it's already been done.

So you might want to think of another way to separate yourself from the crowd at the local "Survivor" casting call. The event is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at Headquarter Nissan, 1725 Whittlesey Road in Columbus.

Wednesday's hopefuls will explain why they're a good match for the CBS reality series in audition videos taped by WRBL. If you're going to the casting call, be ready for a camera close-up and allow enough time to fill out a paper application.

A few more helpful tidbits: Bring a photo ID on Wednesday. You must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 to apply.

Following the requirements listed on paper is easy. Being selected to appear on the show is the tough part.

I asked Erin Williams, customer and public relations manager for Headquarter Nissan, if she has an inside scoop on which traits set some hopefuls apart from others.

"Definitely creativity and energy," Williams said.

She's the one who told me the aforementioned goldfish anecdote. She's also familiar with the assortment of costumes that appear at "Survivor" casting calls. Among the examples: a gladiator costume, according to Williams.

Remember, however, that the initial novelty of wacky reality TV contestants has likely worn off. The 25th season of "Survivor" will premiere soon. Producers have likely seen every crazy audition technique imaginable.

That's why you might want to consider this advice posted on the CBS Survivor Casting website.

"Making a casting video is not about putting together the best skit or wearing the wackiest costumes. We're looking for real people and we want to see the real you. If you come from a unique region or area of the country, talk about where you're from, how it's a part of your personality or how it may help you do well on Survivor."

It sounds like there's some value in just being yourself during the "Survivor" casting process.

After all, a willingness to publicly flaunt pleather doesn't necessarily impact your ability to outwit, outplay and outlast your fellow competitors.

People who audition for "Survivor" this season will be considered for the 2013 casting season, according to information posted on the aforementioned casting website. Call 706-225-8100 for more information about Wednesday's casting call.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at ssorich@ledger-enquirer.com or 706-571-8516. Visit ledger-enquirer.com/sonya to read her columns.

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