Former Big Brother Houseguest Matt Hoffman offers his advice and Big Brother casting tips as part of his series on “Confessions of a Layman: How a Regular Dude Can Get Cast on ‘Big Brother.'” Read on to learn how he did it.


Persistence pays! How did a shifty-eyed, trollish, socially-awkward guy like myself ultimately make it onto a show catered to attractive socially-adept people?…

…The same way that myriads of unattractive dudes score hot chicks all the time – by wearing them down!

Use your life of mediocrity and rejection to give you an advantage over the rest of the beautiful privileged half-wits who will ultimately be cast alongside you. People like us are used to failure and disappointment. We don’t get held back by stuff like that! If you don’t get called back, it’s okay! Try again! Keep sending these casting people videos until they’re sick of watching your stupid tape year after year, and then they’ll finally cast you just so that you leave them alone.

I am not exaggerating when I say that literally every year that I applied I sent in virtually the same audition video. I mean, I re-recorded it every year…but the content was generally the same. I would turn a camera around so that it was facing me with my wall of guitars behind me. Then I’d sit there and talk about how I’m a superfan and what was going on in my life at the time (which was usually nothing), and then I’d talk about the “genius by day / musician by night” angle, all with an air of overconfidence bordering on cockiness.

That’s it. Year after year after year…always the same thing. Never changing the formula. The first time I ever applied back in Season 2 I got sent to semi-finals with that audition tape, so that’s why I never changed it up. I figured that if doing that was good enough to get me into the interview portion of the casting process once, then “getting in” was the easy part, and I just had to work on what to do ONCE I got in.

…Which brings me to some quick tips on what to do next. This article is focused on the initial casting call, but here’s a few quick bullets on things to keep in mind if you make it through to semi-finals. That round usually happens pretty quickly after the open call in your city, so it’s best to be prepared.


Stick with your story. Don’t forget anything you said on your video or in your open call. If you change from that “character” or “story”, you’ll be done… Continue Reading Part 6 >>