After weeks of fretting about the casting call, the day finally arrived! I woke up extra early to sit and think for a while. “What was I doing? What might I be getting myself into? What if the other kids don’t like me? Will I kill anyone with my bat-wing arms if I don’t wear a shrug with my dress? You know all the important questions.
I showered, put on my make up and woke Jenny up to get her approval. (She is great at doing eye make up. Her eyes are the size of dinner plates so she has a nice pallet to put on eye shadow. My eyes, not so much) I put on my dress and jiggled the fat under my arms It was going to be too hot to wear a black shrug outside for a few hours. I grabbed my cooler of water and my chicken purse and was ready to go! We all decided to meet at 7 a.m.
Wendy and Veronica picked me up at my hotel. It was so nice to finally meet people I had been talking to for weeks. There were no awkward pauses the ride to the tv station. We were all taking about our lack of sleep due to nerves. It started out to be a great day! We all seemed to get along well and it was starting out to be a fun day! After we parked, we had to look for Timothy and Antonio. I got to meet Timothy and his lovely wife the day before. It was my first “meet and greet” of a fellow casting contestant. We all had a lovely visit. I knew who I was looking for. Then Antonio arrived and we went flying to greet him as he walked up. It was like old home week for a bunch of strangers.
Antonio and I had talked the day before I flew out. He got a VIP pass and could bring four people to with him in that line. He picked Me, Veronica and Wendy. Timothy also had a VIP pass, so we could all hang around together and go into the casting call together. We all got to talking about, Vanessa, another girl we “knew” from the casting board. Antonio gave her a call to add her to our group. It was fun to get to meet her as well. We had a grand time in line. That seems weird to have fun in a long line, but we did. We meet so many people! The five of us were having such a good time, that people would just come up to talk to us. They thought we all knew each other for a while. Nope. (We didn’t have to arrive until about noon. However, we all wanted to get the whole, stand in line experience. We were all so glad that we did.
We all had people we had talked to on The Biggest Loser Facebook Casting page. Antonio posted a note on Facebook where our, “RagTag Group” was standing. That way if folks wanted to come say hi, they could do that. At one point I had to go to the bathroom. So we had to walk towards the front of the line. I told Veronica, it was like doing the walk of shame. *lol* We made sure to say hi to people and visit. That was a lot of fun. Everyone was so positive and friendly.
The casting people started to hand out the applications. There was a different application for casting than for video submissions. That quieted us all down for a bit while we were filling things out. Then it was time to go to the VIP line and get ready go go talk to a Casting Director! We were all pretty nervous about this. While we were in line Sione Fa, a past Biggest Loser contestant” was walking around. We all got to have our picture taken with him. How cool is that??? There was a lady in line who was so kind to take pictures for us with several cameras. “Here, can you use my camera too?”
Finally, it was time to go in the building. Our group stayed together. We wanted to go into casting together as well. We figured that as a group, we wouldn’t try to talk over each other. Someone from casting told us to staple our pictures to our applications and told us how the interview would go. We kept looking at each other in disbelief that we were going to go into a casting call. Then we got moved to another room and wait a short while. It was our turn and we all shuffled in quickly and quietly. A Casting Director greeted us with a warm smile and enthusiasm. It was a 7 minute chunk of time for 10 people. She asked us each a couple of questions and then thanked us for coming. All done. All we needed to do was go home or to our hotels and waiting for a call back.
We all said our good byes and good lucks. Not sure when or if we would see each other again. We know we will keep in touch via calls and Facebook. After weeks of anticipation, the whole process was done. I’m so glad I went. I’m so glad my new friends went. I think the whole experience of making new friends and meeting folks in line made the whole thing worthwhile.
No, I didn’t get a casting call back. I did submit a video, so keep your fingers, toes and ovaries crossed for me!