By Curt Wagner
11:11 AM CDT, March 14, 2012
OK, this is not a story about seven roommates in Chicago, but Chicago residents could be among the seven roommates living together somewhere for the 28th season of MTV's "Real World."
MTV hasn't said where the roomies will live, but casting directors from Bunim/Murray Productions, creators of the long-running reality series, will conduct an open casting call March 31 at Dave and Busters.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old by March 1, 2013, and "appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24." They should a great personality and a willingness to share their life with the world, too.
"Most of all, we are looking for surprising and unusual life stories that have yet to be told on television," Bunim/Murray said in a release.
Go to www.bunim-murray.com/rwcasting to apply prior to the open call.
"Real World" open casting call
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 31
Where: Dave and Busters, 1030 N. Clark St., Chicago
Here's the Bunim/Murray announcement:
Since 1992, Bunim/Murray has engaged and enlisted the youth of America into the incredible social experiment known as "The Real World". The cast of the 28th season of "The Real World" will have a unique opportunity to be stars of the most iconic, longest running reality series on television.
So who are the next stars of "The Real World"? "We look for characters from real life; people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds," says Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer of "The Real World." Past seasons have been populated with cast members from diverse backgrounds, who have shared their daily experiences openly with millions of viewers. Fans of the show will remember alumni such as Pedro, the HIV/AIDS educator; Ryan the musically gifted Iraq War vet; Knight, the hockey player/recovering addict; and Danny and Melinda, the young couple who fell in love on the Austin season.
The success of "The Real World" can be greatly attributed to the diversity of the cast each season. The show mirrors the make up of the general population by including people from all walks of life. This season casting directors will be on the lookout for applicants who have challenges living an everyday life that most take for granted, struggling with weight issues, affected by a natural disaster, products of home or alternative schooling, followers of unrecognized or non-mainstream belief systems, elite athletes, recent graduates affected by the economic downturn, those involved with goth, emo, or punk subculture, members of a pro-abstinence organization, those who are recently single due to a tragedy, someone who has recently gotten out of the foster care system, and individuals who want to bring the spotlight of "The Real World" to a cause, condition, or social issue they care deeply about or are personally affected by. We are also particularly interested in cast members who have had to work hard to support themselves and move ahead in their lives.
Please note, these qualities ARE NOT a requirement. As always, "The Real World" welcomes anyone with a great personality and a willingness to share their life with the world. Most of all, we are looking for surprising and unusual life stories that have yet to be told on television.
Applicants are asked to bring a recent picture of themselves (which will not be returned) and photo ID. You must be 21 years or older by March 1st, 2013, and appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24.
For those who can't make it to the open call, applications are still being accepted via email. Visit www.bunim-murray.com/rwcasting for complete details on how you can apply.
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