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Old 02-25-2011, 01:33 PM
Location: Wherever life takes me.
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I was just curious, what your reactions would be or what you would do if your adult child, either living at home or not, about 18-24 applied and got accepted to the TV show The Real World.

What would your first parental reaction be?
What would you say/do?
Would you try to talk them out of going?
Would you even watch the show knowing what you may or may not see?
How would you feel about your child for even wanting to go on this show?

I applied months back. Got an email back, given an audition time and place, they are coming to Boulder in march and I got a VIP pass so I don't have to wait in line.

Old 02-25-2011, 01:40 PM
Location: BK All Day
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Txt, you are not exactly a low maintenance person when it comes to your living space. I don't think you are allowed to use the internet either while filming. Who would you wine about "she took my sock" to?
Old 02-25-2011, 01:44 PM
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txt, I have to say you would probably make for some fabulous TV. All of America could see what your cyber-moms put up with.

Be aware they may have given out 500 VIP passes. They count on a certain number of people they've invited to not show up. Wear comfy shoes. You will be standing around a lot.
Old 02-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Location: Denver area
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Why does this not surprise me? Drama drama drama.

My 21 y.o. has more or less outgrown the love of drama and actual has a life in the REAL world not "The Real World". Big difference.
Old 02-25-2011, 01:46 PM
Location: here
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My first concern would be "why did they pick my kid?" Everyone on there seems to be dysfunctional in one way or another. My second concern would be doing something on TV that could end up ruining his/her life or coming back to bite them later.
Old 02-25-2011, 01:47 PM
Location: Denver area
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Doubting it adds a big "plus" on Police Academy applications. But, I do agree it might make for some interesting TV.
I guess you'd have to ask yourself - what are the chances this could help my life down the road vs hurting me down the road. And consider how many "well adjusted" reality stars have you heard about?

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:50 PM
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txt, if you get cast, let us know! I for one want to tune in!
Old 02-25-2011, 01:51 PM
Location: BK All Day
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Also realize, you have NO privacy. Zero. Someone can and will touch your stuff.

You can also kiss most "career" jobs goodbye.
Old 02-25-2011, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by maciesmom View Post
Doubting it adds a big "plus" on Police Academy applications.
It's just another reason to put off.....life.
Old 02-25-2011, 02:04 PM
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If my adult child wanted to be on any reality show at all, while respecting her right to do it and be supportive if she made the decision to do so - I would do everything available to me in my power as a reasonable human being to dissuade her.

Being famous is not what people think it's going to be. Being famous for doing something exceptional is hard - being famous for being yourself is almost unbearable.

You do not understand the scrutiny you will be put under. I would NOT do it. Nothing good will come of it, and it will quite possibly ruin your life. RUIN it. I can't emphasize that too much.

You will probably think I'm being overly dramatic. But I'm not. Reality tv producers are ruthless. They'll do everything they can (and they can) to make you look like a moron, because that's what gets ratings.

If you think your life is tough now - it is nothing compared to how it will be when you've signed your life away.

I know you won't listen to me. If you were my kid I would advise against it in the strongest possible language. They absolutely do not have your best interests at heart. Quite frankly, and I don't mean this to be mean - I don't think you've got the cajones to take it on, sorry. (very few people do). It would be a huge mistake. Don't do it.
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