When I decided to do the casting call for The Biggest Loser, I didn’t announce it on my Facebook page. I wasn’t going to blog about it. I told a select few on a need to know basis. This was something I was doing for me. In some ways I wanted to keep it private. I didn’t want to answer questions about it. I didn’t really want to explain anything. I just wanted to go try out and see what happens.
I stumbled on, The Biggest Loser Casting Facebook page, while I was poking about all things Biggest Loser. I lurked on the page for a bit. People would ask questions about the casting process, people would share their videos and and general chat about being heavy and so on. The one thing that really struck me was how friendly most people were. The same question could be asked again and again, but someone was always willing to help out. They were all being so encouraging. There were the odd posts of, “pick me! pick my friend!” I just overlooked those. I don’t think that the casting directors were really checking their page to see who wanted to be picked for the show. We all wanted to be picked or we wouldn’t be on there.
Over time I found myself looking forward to posts from certain folks. Katie was always quick to answer a question and in the nicest of ways. I finally had to send her a note and tell her how much I looked forward to her posts. She was always so upbeat and seemed really friendly. She was my first Facebook friend, via the board. Then I acquired Veronica, who was always friendly and upbeat as well. (She was going to be in SLC the same time as me, we even decided to go to the casting call together) Antonio and Timothy were also going to the SLC casting call. They had great and encouraging posts as well. I picked them up for my Biggest Loser support network as well. It got to the point that we were all answering questions at the same time. We all “liked” up the same posts and so on and so forth. If one of us posted, the rest were sure to find. We picked up Wendy, who knew Katie in real life. Wendy was going to meet up with us for the casting call as well. It was a great support network.
The day before I was going to fly out, Antonio sent me a message to give him a call. I thought that was pretty cool. Maybe he was going to try to coordinate where were all going to meet. Maybe he just wanted to say hi? It turns out that the casting directors really liked his video. They liked it so much that they gave him a VIP pass for the casting call. That meant he didn’t have to wait in line. Good for him! It took me a minute to realize that he was offering to share it with Veronica, Wendy and me! He could bring 4 extra people with him. I was over the moon!! Standing in line is part of the fun, but to know we didn’t have to all day, that worked for me. It was so very kind and generous of him to share! While we were at the casting call we all got to talking about, Vanessa, and some posts she made on the casting board. Antonio called her while we were in line and she was added to our group. More about that later.
You will be hearing about my new friends, Sarah, Ivonne and Carol when I posted about a trip to Provo with them. Its pretty funny.
Those are not the only people I met on the casting board. A gal named, Anna, asked if someone would watch her video she was going to submit to the show. Katie and I both volunteered. It was funny and sad all rolled up into one. I added her to my network. She has a cool blog called Glitter + Lazer’s Weight Loss Blog. My friend, San, also has a cool blog called Dear Diary, I am Fat…Now What? We started talking after the casting call and she is so much like me that it scares me. My friend, Steffie, has a healthy cooking blog called: Cook Me This, great healthy recipes. Steffie is also good about pimping other people’s blogs on her Facebook page. My friend, Dana, sends me positive notes every morning via Facebook messages. She is a huge cheerleader for me.
From the board we have all set up several support systems. People who felt alone and felt as if they couldn’t loose weigh, suddenly have a bunch of cheerleaders. People who didn’t realize they could loose the weight on their own are loosing 10-15 pounds in one week! People who signed up for The Biggest Loser to change their lives, are finding out that they can change their lives on their own. The success stories I read on that board really warm my heart.
None of us are out of the running for the show. The cast is not finalized yet. Everyone has their fingers, toes, ovaries and testes crossed they get picked. In the meantime, they are all doing it on their own. Lord knows we all have support coming out of our ears!