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Are There Specific Health or Endurance Requirements Needed in Order to be a Contestant on Survivor?

Mar 26, 2008
It actually takes a little bit of work to get on the list of participants for the show Survivor. First of all, the show announces that it is accepting applications that can be requested through the website and they usually request a photo and a three minute video be mailed in that introduces you to the producers. If they like you, they will call you in for a Hollywood interview, but don't expect them to pay your travel expenses. That comes later if you make it to the semi-finals.

The application that is required for the show is quite extensive and the questions that are asked are very probing. No one knows exactly what it is the producers are looking for. If you look at past shows, you will see that the people are very different from one another, which makes sense. If everyone were exactly the same, then the show would not be the least bit interesting.

Now once in a while there may be open casting calls in some of the major cities around the country. These are casting calls that are open to all members of the public and applications are made available at these casting calls. After the application is filled out, prospects are then placed in front of a camera to see how the camera perceives them. Because of this, it isn't necessary to provide a three-minute tape and it isn't necessary to provide a passport at this point. Many think that they must bring their passport since the show is filmed in various places throughout the world.

Many say the casting calls are fun and that they get to meet a lot of new people. The reason why it is so much fun is because the producers of the show make it that way. As far as whether or not a Survivor applicant needs to meet endurance requirements, that is something that is not a part of the application process. For those who have watched the show in the past, someone may look as if they can endure the toughest of environments when, in fact, they cannot. We've also seen those who may look as if they cannot survive a day, survive for quite some time. That is what makes the show incredibly interesting.

What the producers mainly look for are those who look good in front of the camera, can pass a psychological exam enough to be not be deemed a harm to themselves or others, and that they just might be interesting to those at home who are watching.

It is suggested that those wanting to be on the show should be familiar with it since it can be rather physically and emotionally demanding. Watching previous seasons and seeing the types of conditions the Survivor contestants have endured can make or break the decision to be on the show. It is important to know that it is not easy and that it is not an act. When these people are miserable, they are miserable. When it is raining and they are muddy, they didn't go and splash the mud on themselves. When a contestant walks into the ocean naked, they are literally walking into the ocean naked. All inhibitions are put aside in desperate situations and that is something that needs to be realized when filling out the participant application.

It is also important to be creative in the application process and get the attention of the producers. If the producers ask what three things you would take on the island with you, "shelter, food, and water" are certainly not the correct answers.
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