What to Study to Survive Being a Reality Star


Do you harbor secret hopes of becoming a reality star one day? Here's what you should study to help yourself succeed.

Let's be honest, reality TV isn't even a guilty pleasure anymore. We all love it. Whether you're into food, dance, sports, or just watching people act crazy, there's a show for you. But have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a reality TV star? If you do secretly hope to one day make it onto the silver screen playing (a version of) yourself, here's what we think you should study to prepare yourself.

Social media marketing for reality TV

Social Media Marketing

Before you can become a reality TV star, you have to get cast on a reality show. How does one do that, you ask? Well, casting directors are constantly scouting for their next reality TV show and they do so in some pretty creative ways. These days, you don't necessarily have to move to LA and get yourself into a casting room. Instead, you can be active and interesting on social media, which reality TV casting directors are constantly browsing to find their next stars. In order to learn how to best market yourself on social media and get as many (possibly casting director) eyes on your profile as possible, try taking a social media marketing course.

Video Production

So what if your social media profiles are perfect and you still haven't heard from a casting director? You might just have to make an audition tape. This is especially common for reality competition shows like American Ninja Warrior and Rupaul's Drag Race. These tapes ask you to show why you're the best candidate for the show. To make your tape really stand out, consider taking a video production course.

A woman speaks in public

Public Speaking

Okay, so you've gotten onto a reality show! Now what? Well, one of the most important factors in reality TV success is being comfortable on camera. You have to be confident, opinionated, forthright, and certainly not shy. We know that the fear of public speaking is one of the most common in the world but, sorry, it's not gonna fly in the reality TV world. You'll be speaking to the public through their television in every episode, so why not study public speaking to make sure you're as comfortable doing so as possible?

Creative Writing

All of television is about storytelling, and reality TV is no exception. As a reality star, especially on a competition show, you're defined by your narrative. What has happened in your past to make you who you are today? What is your narrative arc on the show you're on? To make sure that you can tell a well-crafted, interesting story about yourself that audiences will want to tune into week after week, we suggest studying creative writing.

Creative writing to learn storytelling


If you end up on one of those Real World-style shows where your interactions with the rest of the cast are the main plot of the show, a background in psychology will be invaluable. Studying psychology will teach you things like conflict resolution (because there will be plenty of conflict) and how to have the mental fortitude to handle a trying environment. The more you understand the psychology driving your castmates, the more you'll be able to respond appropriately (or inappropriately, if you so choose).

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
August 2018
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