Calling all beautiful people from Bryan County.
The ABC network is looking for a cast for its new reality television series, “The Great American Beauty,” a show that aims to answer who is the great American beauty and promises its competitors the chance of a lifetime.
On-camera interviews will be done by appointment Thursday, July 24, in Savannah, for people between the ages of 18 and 30.
“The show is casting both men and women,” said Casting Director Brian Updyke. “We'll be scouring the country for the 10 most attractive and quintessentially American beauties we can find.”
Updyke said they aren’t just looking for tall, thin, model-like contestants, but “all extremely attractive people.” He did point out that being physically fit is an important characteristic for applicants.
“My team will be handling the southern region and, specifically, coming to Savannah to audition interested young men and women from the area,” Updyke said. “We're not going to be doing an open call, but instead, will do as much as we can to get the word out beforehand and get submissions from interested people. Then we'll pre-book those we feel have the best shot at making it on the show.”
The casting crew will also be making stops in New York, Houston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Miami, Los Angeles, Omaha, Atlanta and Charleston. The series will be in tune with all that encompasses reality TV, featuring various challenges for people who “pride themselves on being the most beautiful person everywhere they go,” according to a show advertisement.
The 10 finalists will live in a house, most likely in Los Angeles, and have the chance to win a cash prize upwards of thousands of dollars.
“The final prize is not 100 percent confirmed, but since this is a network show, the prize will be on par with other network shows,” Updyke said. “After the on-camera interviews, there will be a callback round that is tentatively scheduled to take place in early September. The show’s time commitment will be anywhere from four to six weeks, which is fairly standard for reality TV shows.”
Updyke encourages people to nominate anyone they think would be a good candidate and interested applicants can submit name, age, brief background information and a photograph – which the ad recommends be of the applicant wearing a swimsuit – to Updyke at firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-482-7225.
Updyke is a casting director with the Conlin Company, www.conlincompany.com, which has put together casts and hosting teams for television series’ such as The Moment of Truth, Paradise Hotel and American Idol Extra, among others.