True life: I went to a Bachelor casting call


bachelor-casting-call-picHave you ever wondered how the super beautiful and (some) slightly crazy people make it on ABC’s The Bachelor? Why the guys who get picked are always please-keep-your-shirt-off HOT, and the girls have perfect hair all the time? Or how about how someone who loves onions and the Mesa Verde gets a chance to find love (and also a paintball gun – yikes!)? Well I still haven’t figured that one out but I do know how the show auditions people to cast the Bachelor and I’m hear to tell the story, my story. (Because my story is just amazing.) <– spoken like Kelsey from Chris the farmer’s season.
For years now I’ve been telling my friends (aka – my bachelor viewing party pose) that I want to apply for the show to find love. Now we all know that not everyone finds love on the show and statically the number of relationships that succeed are less than perfect. But the thought of putting myself out there seems exciting and scary all in one, especially for an introverted accountant such as myself.

So the story started a few weeks ago when I texted a fellow bachelor viewing party comrade asking if she wanted to take a trip to Charleston that weekend.  The thought of good food adventures lead to an easy “Yes” but little did she know my true MO. A day or so before the road trip, I spilled the beans that we would be taking a stop at the Bachelor Casting Call upon arrival.  The next few days contained multiple articles and blogs of what to expect, the pros and cons. From the readings, I expected to find the audition:

1- full of beautiful girls with lush curls, boobs and tan skin
2- nice girls, but they really don’t want to be your friend so most would seem fake
3- long lines and uncomfortable spaces
4- prying questions
5- rush then wait mentality

Wait why do I want to do this?  That sounds awful!!  Oh yeah, to find love!

Fortunately, my bachelor casting call was not exactly what I was expecting. It was anticlimactic, quick and eye opening. I think part of this is because Charleston might be a smaller venue than say LA or Atlanta and we got there early. So here’s my tips on what to expect at a bachelor casting call and how to best prepare.

bachelor-casting-infoStudy
You wouldn’t go to a job interview without studying and practicing questions you might be asked, would you?  I hope not.  So study up. Download the mail-in form online and pre fill it out. Take time to answer the questions. Some are obvious like why do you want to find love, while others are very bachelor appropriate – do you drink? What’s your favorite beverage? (Yes- red wine, Moscow mules, St Augustine vodka)
Some girls seems concerned about the questions, like weight: I overheard “what should I put for this one? I think I’m 115” <— girllll- you know how much you weigh. Don’t lie. And wait, why do they need to know weight?!?

Another girl asked me what does “list 3 characteristics that would surprise people about you” mean? Again- treat this like an interview- good luck thinking that one up my fellow applicant, we are basically all up for the same gig.
My friend and I had a 4 hour car ride to Charleston so she asked me the questions in the event I would get asked. This made the paperwork super easy and we had more time for blood orange mimosas (true bachelor fashion)

bachelor-casting-infoVendors
When I entered in the room, the first things I saw were two ladies with cameras, a tanning pop-up tent and a rack of bikinis. “Holy macaroni. What have I gotten myself into?!?  Grab a REAL bachelor pen and dash out of that place!” Luckily, I soon discovered this was just a vendor showcase and the ladies with the camera were there to take really awkward photos of you. The vendors were local shops for ladies- mostly health and wellness and places to make you prettier as well as the local abc news channel. Harmless, until I got back to the hotel and realized my goodie bag contained samples of fat pills and my friends contained libdo pills – got it Bachelor, got the note.

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Early bird get the worm
Or a spot on the local news clip.
We got there about 45 minutes early. Once the casting call  opened, we signed in, grabbed the official bachelor pen and looked for where to go next. You will write your name, age and phone number on a white board then take a mug shot like photo. Or three.  Plan ahead for this. Strike a pose? I’m not sure exactly but I’m sure my pictures turned out very accountant-like  📸 😳
Then I was directed to a small line to go back for the interview. I sat awkwardly with about 5 other girls. Some were more chatty than others and wanted to know things like “so what all do you ladies do? I mean we are all in this together, right?! hehe” no girl, we are all doing this but not together.  Until you make it to the mansion and its up the the actual Bachelor, the show is trying to cast the best of the best for the guy and I’m not interested in small talk.

I glanced at a few of the girls applications-ages  21, 22. Oh lord. Y’all don’t know what love is yet. But good luck to you 😉
Luckily I got out of answering that question but only because the local ABC channel 4 news station conveniently picked me to interview for a segment. A series of events lead me to that exact seat in front of the camera (and lights) where I was caught completely off guard. Sure- introverted accountant would love to tell Charleston what’s going on right now! Ha – said no one ever. But hey if I get casted, this is only the beginning so let’s prep now!  In the middle of the oh-my-gosh-hot hallway which smelled like greasy bacon (and I was starting to get hungry), I told America why I was there. Ok, so only a handful of people saw I’m sure, but I can say I’ve been on ABC for The Bachelor– let’s leave the details out 😉

The interview
The last step is the video interview. You will be escorted to talk one on one with a casting agents and answer a few questions. I got:
What do you do? CPA – I work in Corp accounting at a Fortune 500 company
Hobbies and interest? My dogs, home, being active, cooking and baking – lactation cookies. Yes, lactation cookies.
Kids? No, well yes, my dogs are definitely like my children
Why do you want to be on the show? Because ABC believes in the process and I think it can work. The amount of resources and time that goes into this, must be better than online dating.

Then the interviewer will have you stand up and take a video of you toe to head. (In that order) Another awkward moment…

And that’s it. Now you wait. And wait.

And wait.

casting-call-bachelorPost-casting call
What happens next I’ve learned from asking the interviewer and reading online— soon you will receive an email that you’ve either made it to the next step, or your search to find love ends there. If you’re one of the final few, you get to fill out more paperwork and then possibly get selected to go to “Hollywood Weekend” where the final 26ish are selected!

Even if I don’t make it to the next step, Charleston wasn’t waste by any means.  I had a blast eating and drinking my way through the town.  Check out this blog post on a few great places to try in Charleston.
#thebachelorforcassie

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An Accountants’ Guide to: Bachelorette viewing parties

imageWell ladies and (real) gents, tonight is the night.  Tonight is why Tuesdays at work are a little harder than the rest of the days.  Why I consistently fail at AM workouts.  Why I want to travel to every ‘magical’ place around the world.  Why abstaining-from-weekday-drinking-when-I-don’t-workout is a major bust. And why I think that people can wake up and automatically look amazing, in everything, even pouring rain, wind, cold or heat. (Unless you’re a girl with serious hair color who’s been on the show for a few weeks and in desperate need of a salon – is anyone with me when I say, thank goodness for Ben’s hometown dates? We saw a ton of brown under that blonde!!)

If you haven’t figured out by now, tonight is the season premier of The Bachelorette where it will be the most dramatic season in Bachelor history and JoJo Fletcher will look stunning, say ‘like’ far too many times and the guys will say that she is the most gorgeous bachelorette in bachelor history – way to get brownie points early on gents.

By now I’m a vested viewer.  Are you?  Do you:

  • Plan your evening around the show – weeks in advance?
  • invite friends over to watch it with you – because drinking by yourself on a Monday is just sad?
  • prepare snacks and themed drinks for the event?
  • refer to the show as “an event?”
  • bring up the fact this is your “event” within the first 3 dates with someone new?
  • join a Bachelor bracket?
  • make the “event” a drinking game?

If you answer yes to any of these, you’re on your way to becoming a fan in bachelor-nation.  If you’re not, don’t turn the TV on at 9pm to ABC because you will see how the suspense-omg-he-did-what is definitely going to grab your attention and you will join me and the rest of the viewers in a long, drawn out Monday night spectacular.

During Ben’s season, I brought themed cocktails to the viewing parties. <– And when I say brought, I mean carried them from the kitchen to the living room. <–  And when I say viewing parties, I mean me and my girl friends (sometimes sole) getting together drinking {good} wine and snacks while offering commentary at every commercial break.

This season, I’m stepping it up.  The Monday night event is going to include a drinking game.  Not your normal drinking game with the purpose of getting someone inebriated, but a classy, small list, drinking game.  But hey – I can’t help if JoJo says “like” too many times! Plus, I don’t want to have to remember a long list and keep track of it -there’s far to many other things to keep up with on this show.

So here it is friends!  Grab your gal pals (bros welcome too!), your favorite bottle of vino, some fancy cheese and dark chocolate. I hope you join me on this “journey to find love” for JoJo!

imageThe Accountants’ Guide to Bachelor Viewing Parties: week 1

Take a sip of wine when:

  1. JoJo mentions Ben
  2. JoJo says “like”
  3. A guy says “like” (2 sips)
  4. A guy says “bro”
  5. There’s a kiss ❤
  6. A bro brawl happen
  7. We see abs

I hope you all enjoy the Season Premiere as much as I will!  I’m routing for JoJo to “find love” but am really going to enjoy all the drama along the way!

Stay tuned for a recap of this week’s episode and new game rules for next week!

Cheers!