MTV's 'Real World' Casts About in Ann Arbor


People rarely think of Ann Arbor as the real world, but it will be this Saturday. Casting directors from MTV’s longest-running series, The Real World, will be in A-Squared from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12 looking for fresh young faces to bunk together and ultimately create juicy reality-TV conflict for the show’s 26th season.

Representatives from Bunim/Murray Productions, creators and producers of The Real World, will be holding court at Scorekeepers Sportsgrill & Pub, 310 Maynard St. Applicants are expected to bring a recent photo of themselves (they won’t get it back) and photo ID (which they get to keep).

You must be over the age of 18 to apply. What’s more, you have to look like you’re between the ages of 18 and 24. “We look for characters from real life, people with strong personalities who are unafraid to speak their minds,” says Real World executive director Jonathan Murray, who believes the success of his series can be attributed in large measure to the diversity of its cast each season.

And lest you think no one from around here could be plucked from the masses, remember that Sahar Dika, a student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and an aspiring singer, was chosen as one of the eight housemates on Real World: New Orleans 2 last year.

For anyone who can’t make the open casting call on Saturday, applications are also being accepted via e-mail. Visit for details on how to apply.