Thursday, June 17, 2004

'Queer Eye' casting for 'Straight Girl'

By Lauren Bishop
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Attention, gay men between the ages of 28 and 45: You could be the next Carson, Thom, Kyan, Ted or Jai.

The creators of Bravo's Queer Eye for the Straight Guy are now casting for the show's upcoming spinoff, Queer Eye for the Straight Girl. Co-creator David Collins, a Cincinnati native, wants to make sure that at least one of the style experts in the new show is from the Midwest - ideally Ohio, says Kristen Erwin, executive director of the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Film Commission.

"They don't have to be an actor, they don't have to have ever worked on camera," she says. "They just have to fit the descriptions we're looking for and have a personality that's camera-friendly."

Here's what Collins' Scout Productions is searching for:

The look expert

He's the all-in-one guide to building a great look for a woman. Having a great style and knowing what creates a beautiful picture is where it starts. Fashion, hair, skin, nails and all aspects of beauty - he can guide all areas to create a complete head-to-toe look.

The locale expert

He designs spaces around each straight girl's style and vision. He's an expert in interior design and event design. From the inside of her house to the spaces where she holds big, life-changing events, he can match the perfect look to any location and any occasion.

The life expert

He's an expert in helping women live the life they've dreamed of living. He's been everywhere and done everything - a true renaissance man. He's an expert in social graces, in tricks for great entertaining, in what's happening in pop culture, in love, in romance, in sex - in how to live a great life.

Fit the bill? Call Erwin at 784-1744. If there's enough response, a casting call will be held here, she says. The show is scheduled to premiere in 2005, and the chosen experts will be required to relocate to Los Angeles to star in the 13 hour-long episodes. No word on whether the experts will also be required to correctly pronounce "tjuzs."


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