I received an email yesterday about a production company looking to cast for a major cable network docu-series. The series would document the lives of interesting and ambitious women in the DC area.
A blogger buddy had received the same email last week and forwarded it to me out of amusement. I told her she should try out for it; after all she is fashionable woman in DC and has a lot of projects going on so it might serve in her favor. She’s not a fan of reality TV so instead of taking my feedback seriously she asked “would you join a reality show?”
Watching reality shows is one of my guilty pleasures. I tune each week for the Real Housewives franchise and Blood, Sweat & Heels. Like so many women, those show are entertaining and our way of relaxing. But I never considered trying to be on a show.
On one hand, reality shows can be a great platform for women to promote their brands; Kandi Burruss and Bethenny Frankel have had huge success for their brand because of the Real Housewives franchise (Bedroom Kandi and Skinny Girl respectively). Kandi has even suggested in interviews that people who join reality shows should have a product or brand to promote. It’s a great way to advertise. When Blood, Sweat & Heels first aired, Demetria Lucas’ website ultimately shutdown temporarily because everyone flocked to her site at once after she announced she was a blogger/writer and her blog name was featured. Since then, she has been able to expand her audience and resell her first book as she prepares for the release of her second book. Genius marketing!
On the other hand however, reality shows can do a disservice for those featured. Granted some of that may have to do with editing, but some women have come off as bitchy, insensitive and manipulative. For some, reality TV sheds them in a negative light. For instance, I remember my excitement to watch Blood, Sweat & Heels. I was hoping it would showcase six women excelling in their respective career paths. Instead, after a few episodes, the focus transitioned to a verbal altercation some of the ladies had while on an out of town trip. And do we even need to talk about the fight that took place on Real Housewives of Atlanta this season?
The production company that sent the email is asking folks to spread the word about the casting. And while it may be a great opportunity to promote businesses and blogs, I’m not sure I would want to be a part of a reality show; at least not the type of show the production company is seeking to create.
What do you think about reality shows? If presented the opportunity, would you join one?
*if you’re interested in the DC casting, let me know and I can forward you the email