Casting for New TV Show about Disaster Survival

I can sort of figure out why this email was sent to me. But I’m not the person they are looking for:

Hello,

I’m currently casting for a pilot television show about preppers/survivalists. I think you may be a great resource for finding well prepared people, who would be open to appearing on camera. I’m wondering if you would be willing to post this info on your blog or website, or just pass this info along to anyone you think would be interested.

The gist:
It’s a 30 minute show, and we will feature two stories. We are mostly interested in seeing what the person has prepared or prepped, and right now we’re specifically looking for someone with a stocked bunker or extensive prep. The idea is to meet the person and see what they’ve prepared, then bring in a survivalist expert to evaluate how long you could actually live for if a catastrophe were to happen.

The purpose of the show is not to exploit beliefs, we actually want to cast people who the viewers will be able to relate to. We also want to feature someone who has prepped extensively, either in the home, or in a bunker. We really want something visually stunning.

This has been extremely hard to cast because of the secretive nature of the people who are preparing–which is completely understandable. I am contacting you because I think it’s important to get the word out about survivalists/preppers–that they aren’t all crazy people, that most of them are smart, well-informed people who we could take a lesson from. And I am hoping you will be able to pass this info along if you know someone who may be interested in participating.

We can provide full anonymity, and compensation is $1000 for the person who is chosen.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time!

Michelle Reindal | producer | screaming flea productions |  mreindal AT sfpseattle.com

It’s not that I can’t keep the crazy away long enough or that I couldn’t pass for smart and or well-informed if I really wanted to. It’s that I finished my prep when I left the farm 35 years ago and then I moved out of my bunker and took up residence in the Clock Tower just last month.

7 thoughts on “Casting for New TV Show about Disaster Survival

  1. Obviously they heard about your 50 year supply of lentils and they want to come photograph them….

  2. I think the 500,000 pounds that will be stored on the farm in the next few weeks will last my family more than a mere 50 years. Especially with all the wheat in the bins nearby.

  3. I’m wondering if they didn’t contact their local Mormon Church, plenty of them are hard core “preppers”, its part of Prophetic counsel to keep a year’s food storage and “supplies” for crisis. Another option, “http://www.reddit.com/r/PostCollapse”

  4. Who needs them anyway? People interested in such things know they can learn what they need to learn without some TV show producer who’s never set foot outside of New York City, couldn’t so much as drive a car to save his life and looks at people who can as being beneath him. For that matter; how hard is it for anyone to figure out on their own what they’d need in case of a hurricane, flood, fire, earthquake, riot, etc? They’ll have to up the ante several times over, and anyway as MD said; just talk to any Mormon. It’s not like this is any mystery, so I figure, as always, this is another “look at the crazy people” sensational hit piece designed for bored housewives and junior high school kids. TV shows are almost never designed to be instructive anyway. You could spend years finding one that is, and usually it’ll be instructive only by mistake.

    If they want a good TV show, it would be something like a combination of Survivor and Myth Busters, except that it would actually focus 100% on survival skills, rather than 99.99% on vacuous Soap Opera drama, editing tricks, and meaningless contests– the most skillful and resourceful survivor would win every time. Do THAT and I’ll watch. Otherwise I have far better things to do with my time.

  5. @Lyle, You and I will probably always have something better to do with our time. But some people are professional entertainees and are too passive to even go look something on the net.

    I don’t know who is actually producing the show but the casting is being done in Seattle which is a significant step up from NYC.

  6. So you got a letter asking for survivalist contestants.

    I wonder who all got the letters asking for volunteers to join the show’s zombie horde?

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