The casting director for MTV's upcoming season of the Real World insists that they don't have any characters in mind when they're selecting people for the show.
"We're just looking for charismatic people who can't help being themselves," Megan Sleeper says.
The crowd that gathered on Highland for the Real World casting call last week, however, came fully armed with the knowledge of what makes a good character on reality television and how they might be able to fit into one of those categories. For more than five hours, a line of young hopefuls waited for their chance to pitch their personalities.
The Flyer dropped by to ask what candidates felt made them qualified and what the Real World would be like if it was filmed in Memphis.
Marcus Miller, 21, Fort Campbell, Kentucky
"I think that I'll get it because I'm such a good stereotype of the homosexual African-American. Of course, I would use my opportunity on the Real World as a platform to do good."
Joaquin Tucker, 22, East Memphis
"I went and saw the house they used for the episode in New Orleans. It was way out in the suburbs. I guess that means if they ever had a Real World Memphis, they would probably live out in Germantown."
Erica Holmes, 18, University of Memphis
"I don't think I know exactly what they're looking for. I'm here because I want to fuck with them."