Feeling fake? ‘The Real World’ open cast call to hit Chicago

Sheila Burt

An open casting call for MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules” will be held Tuesday in Chicago at the White Star Lounge, 225 W. Ontario St., from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

“We look for energetic, outgoing, dynamic people — people who aren’t shy to share the story of their life,” said Jason Horowitz, an MTV casting director. Prospective stars for both shows must be between the ages of 18 and 24, and should bring a photo ID and recent photo of themselves.

Locations for the 15th season of “The Real World” and the next season of “Road Rules” have not been announced, although Horowitz said the locations have been narrowed down.

Almost 30,000 people apply each year, but only 13 are chosen: seven who live in front of cameras for five months in “The Real World,” and six for the reality adventure show “Road Rules.”

After filling out a one-page application, prospective cast members engage in a group discussion with 10 to 12 people, Horowitz said.

“Our recommendation,” Horowitz said, “is kind of cliche: be yourself.”