Saturday, December 16th, 2017

How To Become a Contestant On The Biggest Loser – Pt 2


The Open Casting Call Process

In this post I will endeavor to give you an overview of what to expect at the actual Open Casting Call for NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Actual tips are still to come this week so if you have been already been to an open call then please add your comments below to assist others.

To start off with remember that your goal will be to shine enough in the open casting call that you get a private call back with the Casting Directors.

But before you meet the Casting Directors you will be waiting in line for hours! You really can’t get around it outside of getting a VIP pass. Even with a pass you may have to wait for quite a while. The line will wind its way through or around the location and you may or may not be able to sit down. Bringing a collapsible chair is not a bad ideal. More importantly, make friends, talk to people and have fun. Enjoy yourself and get to know the people around you. Heck, bring a board game if you have one.

You will notice production assistants that have been hired to lend a hand and manage the crowd etc. Listen to the assistants as they will direct you where to go, where to stand etc. They will probably not be able to provide you with any tips and if your reading this you will have all you need. Now if any former contestants are there then of course they will be able to give you some tips so tell them I told you to ask them for tips!

At some point you will finally be positioned to go into the interview area in groups. The interview area in Michigan will simply be a larger open area where there will be a couple of long tables positioned. See the pictures in this post. Once it is your turn you will be directed to sit at one of the two tables. The setup at some locations will require everyone to stand. In Michigan you may be asked to have a seat and move down so everyone can have a seat. If you coming with a teammate be sure to sit down next to them. There is no best seat. I have seen people be called back for a private casting interview from every position at the table.

You will then be asked to take your application paperwork and pictures and turn them away from you and toward the casting directors so that the casting directors can see them. Again, the casting directors need to see your pictures and then read your name so place your pictures on top of the application with your name on the application exposed. Don’t worry if you don’t remember this step as the Casting Directors will direct you and adjust the paperwork as necessary. But do not forget to bring good pictures. This is VERY important! Bring very clear very good pictures, that you can leave behind! Headshots or a full body pic where your face is clearly seen work best. If you have a cute pic from when you were young then that is great as well.

The rest varies by Casting Directors. Everyone may be asked to state their name, occupation and where they are from. This is your first (and for some the only) chance to be heard. Speak loud and clear and you will do fine. Do not look to dominate the conversation as the CD’s have to get through everyone. However, if you do have something witty then add it in. For example, if I would have gone to a casting call when I was 416 I might have said something like ‘My name is Pete Thomas and I am a big sexy brother from the great state of Michigan and my occupation is getting all this weight off!’ Now to be honest you will not lose points for not being witty but it does help to know that you can talk!

The casting director may then give you some insider information about the upcoming season of the show. This will be info that is as good as gold and probably is not even public.

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Talk to you soon and remember,

There’s a Winner Within You!

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12 Responses to “How To Become a Contestant On The Biggest Loser – Pt 2”
  1. gods Herbs says:

    Thank you forr thhe good writeup. It inn fact was once a entertgainment account it.Glance complex to more added agreeable from you!

    However, how can we communicate?

  2. Melissa says:

    Hey Pete,

    Thank you for all the great information. My only question would be about the arrival for open casting calls. I am going to the upcoming Casting call in Venice, Ca. this month and the information online says not to line up any earlier then 3 hours ahead of time and that the first 500 people are likely to get seen. I want to make sure to get seen! :) I have seen some postings from people that seem to have been in line before this time period. Do you know if the 3 hour rule is new or if you can line up before that time period? Thank you so much

  3. Linda Boyd says:

    Thanks for your how to ace the biggest loser. Already done the taping interview. I thought it went great. Can you give me anymore advice for the future.

  4. Linda Boyd says:

    Hey Pete! I am 61 and have already done my video taping interview. I thought it went great. Did you feel good about yours. We talk for about a hour. I had a blast. The casting producers were just great. If you can give me any more help please e-mail me.

  5. Gloria Sucharski says:

    Will you be at this Saturday’s casting call in Macomb, MI??

  6. Kristin Maybriar says:

    Hey Pete! I’m 21 years old and I’m gonna be heading to detroit from southern Ohio to try out for 2010 biggest loser! Hope to see ya there, I’ll be the gal with the bubbly personality ;D Lol

  7. Kathy says:

    I would liketo be on the biggest loser I live in youngstown florida which is 25 miles from panama city florida what can I do to get on?

  8. erin says:

    Hey Pete,
    Hope you are having a blessed day. I have to say I love your site I got some great info off it. THANKS… Well let me tell you something I think I am a Biggestloser Junkie:) I started watching just this past season (s~7 ) and i do not know what to say beside ~AMAZING~ the physical endurance they have to go threw its just crazy..But guess what I think thats is what i have to do it looks like a great challenge for me.So i will be there on the 27th of june. I am a mother of two wonderful kids . I have to be healty for them I know But, for my self aswell.. I have Hid for so many years because of my weight i knew i was lazy and did nothing about but shoved another twinky down my throat. I didnt have 2 many friends but maybe a handful.. It hurt inside but guess what I grabbed a HO HO the next time. I need this more then anything in the world. As long as I have Christ ” I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me…Philippians 4:13 have a blessed day

  9. sherri_pie says:

    Well..I am just wondering if it really makes a difference that you have a partner or not…..Because I would have loved to do the experience with someone but couldnt find anyone..

  10. Jason says:

    Great pictures Pete…. really gives an outsider a chance to see what things look like ahead of time. Again man…. keep up the good work…. you blog is an invaluable resource. Oh and all this Michigan folks stuff…. great people out there in Michigan but this Iowa boy is coming to win it this year…..

  11. Alkis says:

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I was thinking of throwing in something like my name is Alkis and I usually go by “Sexy Beast”,ha ha ha something like that I guess to show them some of my great sense of humor.