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Lessons from a Reality TV Show Audition

Lessons from a Reality TV Show Audition

Recently, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter shares a few lessons he was reminded of after doing an audition for a reality tv show.


I wanted to share with you a lesson I learned from an audition I did for a cable network. I shouldn't really say it's a lesson I learned. It's a lesson I really was reminded of.

Let me start by giving you a context for this, which is one Thursday night, right before I went to sleep, an email from someone forwarding a message he had received about a casting agency and a production firm trying to find a recruiter to cast to lead a reality show that they were going to do for cable and he said, "I don't know if this is real or not." And the next morning when I woke up, I went to the cast the agency's website, the production firm's website, there's nothing there on on their sites about casting this kind of show. I said, "What the heck. Let me just send them a quick email and see what happens."

Well, the quick email was responded to a few hours later by what sounded like a fairly excited individual who spent some time talking with me about how my background was perfect. Really? I had a great background, a terrific brand name (they liked The Big Game Hunter name), they like the No BS, Job Search Advice stuff that I do. So that's where branding comes into play.

Then, they want to have me do an audition via Skype the following Monday morning. Now, suffice it to say, I'm real surprised by this because, number one, I couldn't find anything about (I'll put it in your terms) I couldn't find anything about the job on the web. There was nothing there about it plus the turnaround was so quick and I'm talking to a recruiter who's so excited who wants to have this happen so quickly and I got onto Skype, I procrastinated about setting up the microphone and stuff for Skype when we moved to North Carolina and we got to a point where I'm on the call with them. I'm talking to the casting agent.

She's giving me thumbs up throughout. It's a great conversation right before we we started doing the audition. I did what I tell job hunters to do . . . ask about the role that they're looking for, what the expectations are me for this job. You know, I functioned like a recruiter or job applicant with good coaching.

She gave me a couple of pointers. She had given me most of the questions in advance. I knocked it out of the park, you know, and she told me that right afterwords . . . and that sounds like a recruiter for an interview, right?

And it's now a couple of weeks later, I knew that they were going in front of the network that Friday I haven't heard anything so I'm reminded of something that I want to remind you of. That is, sometimes, you do a great job on your interviews. You're all excited like I was, like everyone in my family was and everyone I knew who I told about this was real excited about it.

They saw it is a great fit and, sometimes, no matter what you do, no matter how well you perform, it's just like an interview. Sometimes, there's a disconnect between the different parties who are doing the hiring. The casting agent really liked my background. Maybe, a production firm didn't. Maybe, the network didn't. Maybe I was too old. Who knows?

You know, normally I don't see a lot of people in their 60s like I am heading up shows on TV. Do you? I don't. So, maybe age was a factor. Maybe, her opinion of how well I did or their opinion of how well I did was completely different.

No matter. The thing I want to remind you of today is sometimes people misread a resume. Sometimes you don't really do as well as you thought you did. Most of the time, this has nothing to do with you. It has to do with the interviewer and their expectations of what you can deliver.

So, sometimes, they're just gonna come out of an interview, you're expecting a job offer and it's weeks later and nothing happens. Don't beat yourself up. Most of the time. It has nothing to do with your performance.

Maybe, you got beaten out by someone else . . . as is probably the case with me. Maybe the network wasn't that hot on this show idea. They didn't want to spend the money. No matter. I haven't heard anything and that may happen to you.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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