PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The search for Pittsburgh’s next reality TV star is underway. So if you’ve ever thought about having your own show, now’s your chance.
The contest is called “The Next Reality Star: Pittsburgh,” and it’s run by some Pittsburghers who have worked in L.A. and New York and are very connected. In fact, the last time they did this, the winner got their own reality show.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Riot Suspect, Jordan Erdos, Sentenced To 6-12 Months In Jail
From “Dance Moms” to “Farm Kings” to all the local contestants on CBS’ “Survivor,” Pittsburgh is well represented when it comes to reality TV.
Carl Kurlander and Ellen Berkman Davis think that’s not an accident. They believe Pittsburghers have more of the “reality” producers in Los Angeles have a tough time finding on the West Coast.
Berkman Davis has managed casting for “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor.”
Kurlander is president of The Steeltown Entertainment Project.
Also onboard is Bob Kusbit, who has created reality shows for MTV and CMT.
And what are they looking for? “Any type of Pittsburgher. Whole family. Multi-generational. Best friends. Anybody should apply,” said Berkman Davis.READ MORE: Defense Rests Without Putting Sheldon Jeter On Stand, Lawyers Present Closing Arguments
The winner of their last contest was Chet Welch and his partner Bob who raise llamas on a farm in Armstrong County, but Welch also coaches beauty pageant contestants.
Their show “Farm Queens” ran on the Great American Country network.
“It really showed that this model can work, that Pittsburgh has all these characters, and so why shouldn’t we find them and show them to the world?” said Kurlander.
Now, they’re ready to create a new show. People can apply immediately online or go to an audition that will be held at WQED on Saturday, July 11.
“Do whatever you want to do. If you’re a singer, if you’re a dancer, bring in props, come on in and a producer will take a look at your audition,” said Berkman Davis.
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