Before you Snooki wannabes, Kardashian look-alikes and loyal Bachelorette watchers curse yourselves for missing the first casting call for Denver's new reality show, take a breath and listen up. Mile High Social isn't going to be your typical voyeuristic program. It's going to focus on the positive, like The Biggest Loser or Extreme Home Makeover.
The local show, which is the brainchild of Koncrete Media founders Dennis Flippin, Sam Joos and Jeremiah Reddick, will be more of a documentary in a reality-show format. The goal is to find three women who are "diamonds in the rough," and not just the "typical" person who would try out for a reality show. "We are trying to find ladies who are doing positive things with their lives," Flippin says.
The first casting call took place on March 10 at the Ghost Plate & Tap (the restaurant's parent company, Breckenridge-Wynkoop, is sponsoring the show); callbacks will take place next week at Wazee Supper Club, and the show will follow three Denver women as they struggle to make positive impacts through their daily work, hobbies or creative endeavors.
Meggie Maddock, an actress who also works at the Centennial Airport, auditioned Thursday. It was her first time trying out for a reality show. When Maddock heard about the casting through Flippin at another audition, she says she was immediately interested by, "the fact that he wanted to do something in a positive light," she says, "portraying women in that regard."
Maddock was among nearly fifty other women who jumped into the filmed audition chair to be peppered with questions by Flippin, Joos and Reddick. The creators started their research with an icebreaker, such as "What is the wildest thing you have ever done?" There weren't any wrong answers, but the crew was looking for honesty.
"We want people that are willing to be free with themselves," Flippin says.
"Not trying to act, " adds Reddick.
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When it goes live later in the season, the show will broadcast on the YouTube channel MHSDenver. The 7.5-minute episodes will air weekly beginning in April or May, pending casting decisions. Koncrete Media already has three months' worth of funding from Breckenridge-Wynkoop, but its creators hope that the show will continue for a year based on popularity.
"We are hoping we can make something really entertaining that you can feel good about at the end of the show," Flippin says.
Already, the video for the casting call has been viewed more than 2,000 people.
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