Thursday, August 5, 2004

Are you 'Apprentice' material?

By Lauren Bishop / Enquirer staff writer

Stuck in a stinky job? Then hightail it to the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., Queesgate, Friday morning. It's your chance to audition for The Apprentice, the NBC reality show that has given business-minded people - high school graduates and Ivy League MBAs alike - the chance to work for New York mogul Donald Trump.

In this round of casting calls, the show is looking to cast people for an upcoming season of The Apprentice, also starring Trump. (The fall season has already been cast.) Here's what you need to know:

Fill out an application. You can fill one out at the casting call, says NBC's Jim Dowd. "Essentially, people just need to bring themselves."

Show up early. The casting call doesn't officially start until 9 a.m., but in other cities, prospective contestants have arrived as early as the night before and slept out, Dowd says. You can expect to rub suit jacket shoulders with at least 400-600 other people, the average number who have auditioned elsewhere.

Get a wristband. Once you arrive at the casting call, the wristband will ensure you a brief on-camera interview, Dowd says. He says they're prepared to give away more than 1,000 wristbands, so you should get a chance on camera, unless there's a much larger than expected turnout.

Be yourself. If that means shedding the suit for shorts, that's not necessarily a bad thing. "They're looking for people to showcase themselves and their personalities," Dowd says. "If they don't think a business suit is appropriate, then more power to them."

Be aware. You may make your TV debut here first. Jonathan Killian, the creative services director of NBC affiliate Channel 5, says morning meteorologist Kristen Cornett will be on the scene all day to take viewers through interviews.

Don't fret. If you can't get the day off, you can still apply. Download and fill out an application from NBC's Web site, create a 10-minute videotape showing why you'd make the perfect apprentice and mail it to The Apprentice, 914 Westwood Blvd. No. 808, Los Angeles, CA 90024.


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