Earlier this year, we gave some advice to seniors struggling to find jobs: get yourself on a reality TV show.
But it turns out you don’t even need a diploma to cash in on that Princeton cachet — because the cameras are coming to us! Yup, Old Nassau might just get its moment in the national reality spotlight.
According to recent notices floating around club listservs this week, a production company plans to hold a casting session on May 8th at the Nassau Inn for a “campus lifestyle show” that will shoot its pilot at Princeton in September and October. Princeton students who’ll be at school fall semester (ie freshman, sophomores, and juniors) are eligible to try out.
I asked the production company’s on-campus liaison, Ben Bush ’10, for some more information. Bush says he signed a pretty restrictive non-disclosure agreement with the company. But here’s what he says he can disclose:
- About the production company: “For the casting session, there will be a director and an executive producer from a big-name production company. I can’t tell you which one right now because I signed a non-disclosure agreement. Think of companies like Miramax, Fox Searchlight, etc. The executive producer that will be there has made many, many incredible movies that you’ve seen in the past 5 years, many of which won Oscars.”
- On the show’s premise: “Like all reality TV shows, they are going to shoot a pilot first. They are shooting the pilot at Princeton, with Princeton students, this coming September/October. I can’t say whether or not the reality TV show is about Princeton or Ivy League schools, or college in general. They’ll reveal that at the casting session.”
- On the secrecy: “I’ve been told by the production company not to reveal any specifics about the tv show. They don’t want anyone to catch wind…. they are being really hush-hush about it.”
- Also: “Not a prank.”
Intrigued? To sign up for a slot at the casting session, email Bush (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 3.