'The Real World' Makes A Stop In Las Cruces

Jul 5, 2012


(LAS CRUCES) -- One of television's longest running reality shows is traveling around the country this summer, looking for a few new faces.  Casting director's for MTV's The Real World recently made a stop in Las Cruces. "What stands out is my appearance.  As you can see I have a lot of tattoos," said Richard Jacques of Las Cruces. "I'm one of the few in my nursing class that takes school seriously but has a party side, I balance really well," said nursing student Francine Simms. There is a lot of things senior casting director, Shannon McCarty is looking for in a roommate, to fill the house in the upcoming season of The Real World on MTV. "Somebody who's okay with being themselves, even if they are searching to find who that real person is inside of them," she said. The show debuted twenty years ago and continues to be one of the longest running reality shows on television. "I think what makes our show stand out is the fact that we always interviewed and showcased people, of a certain age range, so we get a lot of flack for only being a certain age range, but I think that's what keeps it fun," she said. Many young people from all over southern New Mexico made it to the auditions.  Casting directors are looking to place seven strangers in a house to have their lives taped 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "My pale skin or my dark hair.  The fact that I have experiencing modeling and also my nerves aren't going to be as high as others," said Joseph Craine who says he would be a good fit in the show. His sister, Jordan Craine came to the audition as well. "I think it's going to be fun but its also going to be mentally challenging because a you don't know who you're going to be with, you don't know what personality they are going to have," she said. While some people like John Christopher Paredes is looking to send a strong message on the show. "I think that there's certain stereotypes about gay men and I think that when they see me or see how I act or what I say or how I say it, they're interpretation of gay people are going to be different," said Paredes. Others like Anna Chavarria are willing to travel as from as far away from Lubbock, Texas for a chance to be a part of reality show history. "Every time, I watch it there's different issues and different personalities that come out and I feel like I haven't seen a personality like mine yet so I think that will add to the cast," she said. Casting directors hope to wrap up auditions at the end of the summer.