Reality TV Travel Show Casting Call now accepting Video Submissions
As you consider submitting a story for consideration, please keep in mind the following fundamental guidelines:
So…the bottom line, there’s potential in your trip as long as we can get at the underlying emotional story, but the video must reveal the answers to the above guidelines. What about your story would compel them to want to watch the show? What is the human story inside the veneer of the travel you’re proposing?
In order to give you a better sense of the type of Journey Of A Lifetime stories we are seeking, please review the following story submitted by one of our applicants. Every city in the U.S. has concentrations of culturally diverse groups originating somewhere else on the globe. This show explores the relational connections and emotional ties of the iGeneration in America to unique and exciting travel destinations.
Applicants desire to win their own “Journey Of A Lifetime” as sparked by the youth of today wanting to travel and explore their roots. In every town, there are young adults with roots somewhere else… Reality TV Travel Show – Typical Journey Of A Lifetime Show
A beautiful young lady in high school seeks to understand her cultural heritage of being 100% Italian. Her parents, raised in an Italian neighborhood in the Bronx, don’t speak Italian and have never been to Italy. She feels like she is missing something by not knowing more about her Italian roots. She longs to know more about what is so compelling about being Italian. Our story follows the research done by the young woman and the challenges and rewards of digging in to her roots. She shares a picture on the mantle of the family fireplace of her grandmother’s mom, her great-grandmother, who came to the U.S. through Ellis Island from a stone farmhouse in Tuscany. Her grandmother shares with her that she has never been to Italy and longs to meet her cousins about whom she has only heard stories since she was a child. Her father shares with her some of the stories with which he grew up, as well as the Italian traditions that have been passed down from their family in Italy. The young woman fears that if she doesn’t do something soon, her grandmother may pass away before ever getting to go to Italy and her father may never get to travel to Italy, as his total disability may soon prevent him from traveling at all. Her passionate plea is to connect and reunite her family.
We will follow our Co-Hosts as they guide this family as they prepare for and depart on their "Journey Of A Lifetime." Upon arriving, we experience the anticipation and excitement of meeting relatives for the first time. As the Italian host family welcomes their American counterparts into their home, we see a look of shock come over the young woman’s face. She looks over at her grandmother, who by now has tears streaming down her face. When the translator is asked by the Italian hosts what has happened to make grandma cry, grandma points to the picture on the mantle of their fireplace and points out that it is EXACTLY the same picture of her mother as she has at home on her fireplace mantle. The matriarch of the Italian host family shares that her mother, the sister of the woman in the picture, spoke of the love she had for her sister until she passed away, never getting to see her sister over the 40 years since she left for America with her husband. It’s a fascinating look at family dynamics from the perspective of both continents.
The young woman is taken by our Co-Hosts through the art, history, culture and nightlife of some of the great towns in Tuscany. The allure of international travel to intriguing destinations wrapped in the blanket of deep and meaningful relationships connecting generations across continents. Each week our Co-Hosts will introduce a surprised contest winner to their "Journey Of A Lifetime." Each story will be selected because they have demonstrated an often-emotional recounting of his or her life and how it connects with another life in another country. There will always be an emotional connection, something to which the audience can relate and be moved. The shows will include stories that will engage audiences with extraordinary glimpses of how personal relationships and true connections with locals can change lives. Audiences will reflect on the show they’ve just seen and go, “wow…I want a life changing "Journey Of A Lifetime" like that!”