OTTUMWA — Are you ready for worldwide recognition? Is the world ready for you?
In just three days, southern Iowans will have the opportunity to audition for the 16th season of CBS' Big Brother television show. An open casting call has been scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bridge View Center. Hopefuls will be taped answering a couple of questions and explaining why they should be chosen for the show.
Big Brother follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The video is posted live on the show's website. Each week, the houseguests will vote someone out of the house. At the end, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000.
While the whole point of the casting call is to find somebody interesting and unique, those in charge of choosing the next group of houseguests warns that you shouldn't go overboard.
"Don't come in costume or sing and dance thinking that will grab our attention," casting director Robyn Kass said. "People get nervous when they think about having to talk for two minutes — so prepare a story or two. Be yourself and talk about who you are. But if it's too well rehearsed, that's a distraction, too."
There is no one particular characteristic that will guarantee you a spot, Kass says, and there's no secret to catching her eye.
"It's so tough — there's a very broad spectrum (of what we're looking for)," she explained. "I don't go into it looking for one certain thing. But maybe they'll tell me something I didn't know or say something interesting. If I'm drawn — good or bad — they'll go on to the next round."