MTV's 'Real World' holds casting call near University of Memphis

(WMC-TV) - Casting directors from MTV's long-running reality series 'The Real World' were in Memphis Wednesday searching for people to star in the 27th season of the show.

Auditions were held at Newby's, near the University of Memphis. The open call led many students to show up, as other applicants from throughout the community.

Producers attribute the show's decades of success to the casting of diverse groups of people. Casting directors in Memphis were on the look-out for applicants with unusual life stories who are overcoming everyday situations.

"I want to be on Real World because I'm a real person, and I feel that I have a lot of characteristics that can be expressed on TV," said D'Ernest Rucker, who auditioned. "People would just love me. I mean, who wouldn't love a person that's from Memphis, like me?"

Applicant's were required to be at least 20-years-old, and were asked to bring a recent photo of themselves. Some even showed up with digital portfolios in hand, prepared to impress casting directors.

Applications are also being accepted through MTV's website.

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