Every Big Brother preseason we’re flooded with auditioning questions on how to apply, nail the audition, and end up in the BB House. While I’d consider myself quite the Big Brother connoisseur and a dedicated fan since the first season I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to casting the best reality show evah, I only know what I’ve gleaned from those more adventurous than me. So, armed with a stack of the most often asked casting questions and my own curiosities of what goes on behind the curtain, I turned to Big Brother Casting Director Robyn Kass of Kassting Inc., who graciously agreed to be interviewed and share her unmatched insight.
Robyn Kass has lead the casting for Big Brother for the past decade since Big Brother 2 along with 26 other reality shows including Survivor, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette. Having earned her first casting gig with Big Brother in 2001 it’s easy to see Robyn’s professional and personal interests shine through when it comes to making sure each season has the very best Houseguests possible.
So if you’re planning on filling out that Big Brother 13 application, submitting your audition video, and even attending every casting event in your area, then read on to find out everything you should know going in to the casting process.
Robyn Kass on making your Big Brother audition the best it can be:
Big Brother Network: What tends to grab your attention the most in an audition?
Robyn Kass, Kassting Inc.: It’s pretty easy to tell when someone is trying too hard. It’s difficult to explain, but we can tell if you’ve rehearsed what you’re gonna say. Don’t do it. Come in fresh minded, but willing to open up and talk. If we ask you a question, give explanations and stories to back up what you’ve said. We like examples…. if you say “I’m controversial” our next question will probably be “great, give us an example of being controversial….” that’s when there’s usually a LONG pause. Don’t say things if you can’t back it up.
BBN: What are the top three things you’d recommend avoiding during an audition?
Big Brother 13 is beginning to breath life again after a winter of calm and quiet with the news that BB13 casting is about to start. Robyn Kass of Kassting Inc has just announced the casting events everyone has been awaiting will be here soon:
BB casting starts up beginning of March. It will be a few weeks after that before we know when/where open calls will be held. Stay tuned!
Last year the casting events were first announced the second week of March, so this would keep things close on that previous schedule. As soon as CBS and Kassting Inc start sharing those dates you can rest assured that we’ll have all those Big Brother 13 audition times and locations listed here on the site.
If you haven’t done it yet, then be sure to grab your Big Brother 13 application, check the eligibility rules, and then keep checking back here for the latest news.
Update: Big Brother 13 will NOT be an All-Stars season, says Robyn Kass, Casting Director for Big Brother. Get those applications submitted!
Big Brother 13 might not be until the summer of 2011 but if you’re outgoing enough to want to be on the next season then don’t wait! Apply now for Big Brother 13 to enter the BB13 house when its doors open again in July 2011.
Update: Kassting Inc. says 4/29/11 is the deadline to receive applications! Get to the Post Office and overnight those things if you haven’t already!
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Full application instructions for Big Brother 13 below the break:
Big Brother to sizzle again in Summer 2011.
Big Brother, the perennial summer reality hit, will return for its 13th edition next summer on the CBS Television Network.
“Big Brother is our summer hero,” said Jennifer Bresnan, executive vice president, alternative programming, CBS Entertainment. “Every year, our producers deliver innovative twists and turns, consistently evolving this proven franchise and engaging one of the most loyal and interactive fan bases on television and online.”
After excellent ratings pushed Big Brother above and beyond previous seasons it should come as no surprise that CBS wants to see Big Brother 13 next summer. Now if they could just move it up to this winter we’d be all set!
Keep checking back for the any-day-now Big Brother 13 application details.
Source: CBS press release
Hang on to your butts, Brenchel fans, because CBS isn’t done with the biggest drama inducing Big Brother 12 showmance just yet. According to Soap Opera Digest (what?), the duo that could only have been crafted up in a mad scientist’s lab will be back next month for an appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful:
BIG BROTHER 12′s Rachel Reilly and Brendon Villegas are appearing on Oct. 25 and 26 as a Bikini Beach waitress and bartender. The pair will be in scenes with B&B’s Hope, Liam, Bill, Katie and Amber.
Two thoughts. 1) Ragan must be rolling around on the ground laughing at Rachel’s role. 2) Isn’t Rachel all about Vegas (landlocked), but she’s a beach waitress. I’m just not convinced that I’ll believe her in the character!
Hat tip to Branden at HWHills.com for the info!
Big Brother 12 wraps up on Wednesday night with a 2-hour live finale, but we’re not going to just sit around for 9 months until Big Brother 13 (a new season has been unofficially confirmed). Oh no, we’ve got big plans to keep the fun going with our coverage of Survivor 2011 and American Idol 2011 until BB13!
Are you ready to keep the fun going all year? We are and will see you there!