Being chosen to star on “Survivor” is just the first of many hurdles contestants must face before one lucky contestant walks away with the $1 million grand prize. While signing up for the CBS competition series isn’t rocket science, the network doesn’t let just anyone star alongside host Jeff Probst. For those interested in battling it out against nature and their fellow castaways, below is a guide on how to apply in 2016.
If you’re planning to apply for “Survivor” online, you need to have several materials on hand. The web application must be filled out in one sitting and asks personal questions such as your occupation, height, weight, education level, hair color and relationship status. It also requires both a recent photo (no hat or sunglasses allowed) and a video of yourself explaining why you’re the perfect candidate for the show. If you need some inspiration for your audition tape, CBS has you covered.
Those looking to earn a starring role on the long-running series will need to impress CBS casting agents. If you feel your personality is better suited for an in-person interview, they are open casting calls available. The next event will be held on Sunday at Victory Casino Cruises in Port Canaveral, Florida, at 10 a.m. Participants should note they will be filmed for a one-minute interview and are required to sign a video release. A valid driver’s license or passport for identification purposes is also required.
“Applicants are encouraged to creatively express why they should be considered for the show,” the ad reads. “This is your only chance to make an impression with the show’s producers.”
If you previously tried out for “Survivor” and made it to the Los Angeles finals, the network asks that you do not reapply. However, those who applied for the show but did not make the cut are welcomed to retry. Those with affiliations to CBS cannot apply. You must be 18 years of age or older (residents of some states are required to be at least 19 or 21), be a U.S. citizen with a valid passport, be in good “physical and mental health” and be willing to film for 24 hours a day for seven weeks. You must also authorize a background check and agree to both physical and psychological evaluations.
“We are looking for a diverse group of men and women who represent a broad cross-section of American society,” reads the release. “Our competitors will be in excellent physical health. Building shelter and finding food will be much more taxing than a trip to your local hardware store or supermarket. Our competitors will also need to be in excellent mental health so that they will be able to cope with the extreme change in environment and the tension of the competition.”
The network is seeking out those that are strong-willed, outgoing, adventurous, easily adaptable and have interesting personalities. Former “Survivor” casting director Sarah Monson advises candidates avoid being fake and arrogant and have a great sense of self. “The most important thing for me is personality,” Monson told ABC News in 2011. “You have to be interesting to watch. If you’re not interesting to watch people are going to turn the channels.”
“Come to open calls, make a video, apply anyway you can because you never know which one is going to get our attention,” Lynne Spillman, who has been working as a “Survivor” casting director since 2001, advised to hopefuls during a September 2015 interview with the Hollywood Reporter. She said if you’re not contacted by a producer to star on your first go around, keep on trying. “People don’t realize how much they change in two years. As your life changes, you should keep applying. As you grow and overcome new things in your real life, it starts to click a little bit more.”
“Survivor: Kaoh Rong,” Season 32 of the CBS series, airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. EDT on CBS. Stayed tuned to International Business Times for weekly recaps, spoilers, predictions and more!