From glitzy gowns to the promise of fame and fortune- there are plenty of reasons why signing up to appear on a reality TV show may seem like a good idea.
But according to former reality TV producer Jana Hocking, what goes on behind the cameras is anything but glamorous.
Appearing in the latest episode of podcast High Heels And Hangovers, Jana revealed her top tips for aspiring contestants, as well as a few grave warnings that may just turn you off reality shows all together.
Don’t be too sweet, read the fine print and prepare for all your skeletons to be exposed: Former TV producer Jana Hocking reveals what you should know before signing up for a reality show. Pictured is Jana Hocking
‘You don’t want to be the sweetest character, you want to be the most interesting character,’ Jana explained to her podcast co-star Carla Bignasca.
‘The outspoken will always get the most screen time. Be the mean one or be the very outspoken one or the charming funny one who just takes the p**s the whole time,’ she explained.
Jana also revealed that the voting system for some elimination-style shows have the potential to be overridden so that interesting stars aren’t eliminated.
‘You don’t want to be the sweetest character’: Jana revealed the secret to getting more air-time to her podcast co-star Carla Bignasca. Pictured is The Bachelor’s Cat Henesy
The media professional explained that often contracts will specify in the fine print that producers have final say over who gets eliminated in the show.
This means that producers can keep reality stars that are providing the best TV contestant on the show.
Jana also explained that potential contestants will also have to do a psychology test before being accepted on the show.
Behind-the-scenes: Jana also explained that potential contestants will also have to do a psychology test before being accepted on the show. Pictured is The Block’s Sara Vale
The psychologist will then talk to the producers to specify who is too vulnerable to be on the show, she explained, adding that psychologists are also on hand during filming to offer support.
She went on to explain that contestants are also given psychologists’ phone numbers after filming ceases.
Finally, Jana issued a warning for starry-eyed fans hoping to boost their profile on a reality show: ‘If you have any skeletons in the closet, just be prepared that they’re going to come out’.
‘A publicist will always sit you down before the show begins and say tell me anything you think will come out because its best we know now so we can tackle it,’ she said.
‘If you have any skeletons in the closet, just be prepared that they’re going to come out’: Jana issued a warning for starry-eyed fans hoping to boost their profile on a reality show. Pictured is The Bachelor’s Alex Nation and Richie Strahan