How to be on a Reality Show

how to be on a reality show Every wondered how you could be on a reality show?  Well, recently we were contacted by a casting producer to be on Bravos! upcoming TV Reality Show about parenting.  I was flattered.

Below is part of the correspondence we received:

I’m working with an award-winning production company and a top-rated national cable network to cast a new documentary series that will explore unique perspectives on parenting. I enjoy your blog and I think you might be a good fit for the show. This would be a great opportunity for you to share your insight and expertise with a much larger audience. 

We couldn’t figure out why a prominent production company would be interested in featuring our family on the show because nothing in the letter stated why they thought we would be a good fit.  We aren’t particularly talented or witty — pretty average actually, so why us?

After some sneaky research online I discovered that the new show we were being considered for was working under the title of EXTREME PARENTING!!!  Whaaaaa?

Turns out Road Schooling is considered extreme!  Who knew?  Long story short we will NOT be featured on the show since we are not currently Road Schooling full time.  My only hope is that the family that IS featured does the movement proud!

Reality shows are notorious for editing relatively “normal” people into being days away from needing to be institutionalized.  I guess we dodged a bullet on that one!

The moral of the story is that if you want to be contacted by a large network to be part of their upcoming reality series, do something out of the box that few people have heard of.  Blog about it.  And then act like everyone else is WRONG or IGNORANT!

I didn’t do that part because I DON’T believe homeschooling on the road is for everyone, plus I was still in shock that they pegged us as extremists!  I could tell though, that they were fishing for someone who was willing to throw down over whatever they were passionate about!  It makes good television after all:)

I’m curious to hear what you think.  Do you think Road Schooling is extreme?

Emily Eck

About Emily Oak

I am a Mother, a Lover, a Traveler, Entrepreneur and Blogger. I crave adventure, appreciate good leather, find old weathered wood beautiful, prefer french pressed coffee, and feel alive running in the rain (albeit at a snails pace)! I believe in living passionately, loving extravagantly, taking risks, forgiving often, and living for the audience of One. I am an introvert but you wouldn’t know that if you met me. I LOVE people.


  1. I think anything can be made extreme with a little effort. Different is not extreme. It all depends on the person road schooling, home schooling, public schooling or no schooling. Some people can dress seductive to an extreme, dress modest to an extreme, spend money to an extreme, save to an extreme, pursue religion to an extreme and the list goes on.

    • I totally agree Tammie! I have taken things to an extreme a time or two:) I think the biggest thing is to give each other space to find our way in the journey. What may seem extreme in one season may make perfect sense in another. What may seem like a reckless decision for one family is super life giving for another. Road-schooling for us is a great example of that. I think it takes a unique family to be able to stay on the road as a lifestyle but I follow the blogs of some of those families and have crazy respect for them.

  2. That’s fun Em, I think road schooling would be a fabulous experience for a season! If we had a bit of money and were less tied to our current home, and goats and little farm, I think I would love to try it 🙂 One day! Good for you Em, though I think you are right, there is a lot of unfair editing that goes on in those shows so who knows how they would paint your family to look! 🙂

    • You and your sweet little {big} family are living outside of the box too! I love following what you guys are up to. You could always travel Clampett style and drag a trailer behind your passenger van followed by a chicken coop on wheels — come on — you can make that work;)

  3. Hmmm, you might be onto something Em! 😉

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