One thing most people learn about me early on is that if you suggest taking a trip to a city with great food, I won’t need much convincing to say, “Of course I’ll go!” That’s how my story begins. It was a simple text that said, “Do you want to go to Charleston on Saturday?” It wasn’t until a few days later that I learned it was to attend an open casting call for the next filming of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”
Seeing this as a great opportunity to do some blog research, I went through the whole process to give you an inside scoop on what to expect and how to prepare should you want your love story to unfold on TV for all of Bachelor Nation to watch.
Before taking off on our journey, my friend and I read a few blogs that told us:
- Be prepared to stand for long periods of time.
- Expect to see hundreds of beautiful girls – and immediately feel less superior and have your confidence questioned.
- You’re not there to make friends.
- Sleazy guys will be there to hit on the hundreds of beautiful women.
- You’ll get to meet with the casting director / producers / actual “The Bachelor” crew members.
After all the blogs we read, I will say that some of it is true, but most (in my experience) was not.
Print the Packet of Questions Before Arriving
Showing up at a casting call isn’t the only way to apply for the show. You can also mail in an application or submit a video online. The in-person casting call gives you the same mail-in application form, so I highly recommend at least looking at the questions so you have an idea of what will be asked. You can cut down some wait time by filling this form out at home (plus, your answers may be more well-thought out). My friend and I printed it out before the four-hour drive to Charleston, and I used that travel time to quiz her on answers (in case any were asked during the video interview).
Note: Apparently, drinking alcohol is sort of a big deal to the show. You are given more space for the answer to “What’s your favorite drink?” than for the question “Are you genuinely looking to get married & why?” #priorities
What to Wear
You might expect every girl who shows up for these casting calls to already look the part as the next Bachelorette, with loose curls, hair parted down the middle, and a dress to accentuate her best assets. While there were several very pretty girls who attended and fit this description, most were very much down-to-earth, approachable, and (surprisingly) conservative. The most important fashion tip I have is to wear something you feel confident in. If it’s not in your character to wear a crop top and short skirt, don’t don it for the auditions because you think that’s what the casting agents are looking for. Also, remember that you could be standing and waiting for a while (depending on what time you go), so I personally wouldn’t recommend painful shoes or uncomfortably tight clothing.
There was one girl that showed up dressed as the poop emoji. She either definitely makes it onto the show or definitely doesn’t. There is no in-between for that level of extreme.
Something that caught me a little off-guard was the number and types of vendors set up in the holding area for the casting call. While you’re filling out a questionnaire, you’re surrounded by merchants offering spray tanning, teeth whitening, cool sculpting fat removal, botox, face fillers, gym memberships, bathing suits, and more. While it all makes sense to market these products at such an event, I wasn’t expecting it. We all received goodie bags with samples and flyers from each business. Gotta say, not so certain I’m going to use that herbal “steel libido” supplement.
Ok, on to the good stuff (finally)! Perhaps it was because we arrived right at the start time for casting, but I expected a long line filled with hundreds of girls in front of the building. Instead, we walked into a restaurant and saw a handful of ladies filling out the questionnaire at the bar with several others upstairs in the holding room. Each city may be different, but this casting call didn’t look like the Black Friday Sales line I had been expecting. It appears that more people are making their own videos and submitting online (just my guess).
To start things off, you’ll fill out your questionnaire and sign a video/photo release form with an official Bachelor pen. Once you turn this in, you will have your photo taken by the shortest girl working at the casting call. (I’m sure the angle from those photos isn’t my most flattering.) She’ll take your mugshot, er I mean photo, where you hold up a small dry erase board with your name, age, and phone number, a headshot without the board, and two full body shots.
After photos, you’ll sit (or stand) in a line to go back for your interview. We got there right as auditions started, so the wait wasn’t very long for us. By the time we were leaving, though, the line wrapped around the room. Waiting to go back for an interview is a great time to chat with the other girls that are there. While you may think that this is a competition (and, I guess it sort of is), that doesn’t mean you can’t make some new friends! Plus, talking about the experience with someone else helps set you at ease before talking in front of a camera. We made jokes about some of the ridiculous questions on the survey, and you could feel a sense of tension leave the room. We were soon laughing with one another and beginning to feel more confident and relaxed.
Then, it’s time to go back and talk on camera. You’ll be mic’d by a Bachelor crew member and asked to state your name, age, and where you’re from (while holding another dry erase board). This person is very unlikely the one who is making the ultimate decision on which girls (or guys) make it through. So, relax. They are simply there to ask you some simple questions, like:
- Have you ever been married?
- Do you have any children?
- How long did your last relationship last?
Prepare yourself for shock: 8 years. *casting guy shows shock*
- Why did that relationship end?
How long do you have?
- Do you have any hobbies or special talents?
I can tap dance and play the ukulele. I’ve never tried to do them at the same time, but I’m almost positive I could.
- Why do you want to be on “The Bachelor”?
My friend asked if I wanted to go on a trip to Charleston, so I said, “Why not!” Speaking of which, can you recommend some good food places around here — specifically donuts?
After that, the interviewer will ask you to stand for another full body shot on camera. And that, my friends, is it. All in all, including the mimosas and filling out the questionnaire, the whole process took us a little less than an hour to complete.
While I’m certain my answers won’t lead me to accept a rose on Monday nights from an eligible bachelor anytime soon, I hope my experience at least helps give you an inside glimpse into “The Bachelor” world. If auditions are coming to a town near you, give it a shot! If anything, it’s a great idea for a girls’ trip, an excuse to sip on some mimosas, and (if you’re like us) indulge in a local sweet treat!