The Real World: Seattle, circa 1998

I actually remember the last time MTV’s The Real World set up shop in Seattle—it was the seventh season, 1998, back before the show devolved into an ongoing hot tub orgy. The stars lived in a ridiculous house with its own climbing wall at Pier 70, right on Elliott Bay (which is now home to Waterfront Seafood Grill), and “worked” for 107.7 The End. When they fought, they slapped each other and threw teddy bears. It was such a simpler time!

MTV is gearing up for the 27th season of the quasi-reality show and will hold an open casting call this Saturday, Oct 1, 9–4, at Gordon Biersch Brewery on the top level of Pacific Place. You have to be 20 or older, but “appear to be between the ages of 20 and 24.” I don’t know how you gauge that—maybe ask your mom how old you look before you go.

Here’s a rundown of what the casting directors are looking for (complete details are at bunim-murray.com/rwcasting):

This season casting directors will be on the lookout for applicants who have challenges living an everyday life that most take for granted, struggling with weight issues, affected by a natural disaster, products of home or alternative schooling, followers of unrecognized or non-mainstream belief systems, elite athletes, recent graduates affected by the economic downturn, those involved with goth, emo, or punk subculture, members of a pro-abstinence organization, those who are recently single due to a tragedy, someone who has recently gotten out of the foster care system, and individuals who want to bring the spotlight of “The Real World” to a cause, condition, or social issue they care deeply about or are personally affected by. We are also particularly interested in cast members who have had to work hard to support themselves and move ahead in their lives.

Please note, these qualities ARE NOT a requirement. As always, “The Real World” welcomes anyone with a great personality and a willingness to share their life with the world. Most of all, we are looking for surprising and unusual life stories that have yet to be told on television.

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