Reality casting comes to SF
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More than 300 people from all over California gathered at the Hard Rock Café at Fisherman's Wharf on Saturday, May 8, for an open casting call for the 25th season of MTV's hit series "The Real World."

The casting call was open to 18-24 year olds willing to live with others - some of who may be very different from them - for five months. Although one past season of the series was based in San Francisco, the location for the upcoming season is still unknown.

"We look for people who are real," said Casting Director Woody Woodbeck. "It's weird because people think there's a science to it, but there is no science to it. We just look for people who have a story and are willing to tell it in front of millions of people."

The casting call consisted of hopefuls filling out paper applications, then meeting with the casting director in groups of 8-10 people to introduce themselves. Woodbeck observed how well the auditioners would interact in a group setting. Standout auditioners received callbacks for the next day.

Some auditioners weren't shy about admitting why they wanted to audition for the show. Travis Lindsley, a lead singer of a rock/hip-hop band from Hayward, said, "Who wouldn't want to live in a giant house with a bunch of attractive people and doing the party scene, the nightclubs and the hot tub? Beyond that, I want to broaden my horizons and live life and try something new."

Colleen Sullivan, a worker from the Tulare County Health and Human Services and drove to the casting call for about four hours from Visalia, said that her decision for auditioning was impulsive.

"I got really mad at my boyfriend and I emailed 'The Real World' and told them I wanted to be on it," she said. "Other than that, I was drunk so I don't remember doing it."

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