Then today is your lucky day. Here’s a request we received from friends at a TV production company:
We’re casting the first season of Enter the Wild, an inspiring documentary series for a major cable network. In the show, a diverse group of real people takes an outdoor survival course taught by one of the country’s most acclaimed wilderness experts.
It’s not a competition show. It’s not Survivor. The series will follow participants as they engage in a fully immersive, three-week course. Our hope is that everyone will walk away not only with life-saving skills, but a new perspective on their lives and their relationship with nature.
We’d love to include a the point of view of a male with a work background in financial markets or economics in this wilderness experience. You can apply or get more information at our website.
A “casting treatment” from the company gives further information about the types of characters they are looking for. If I were a young anthropology researcher, I would be all over this thing — for what it says about the people who make, watch, and appear on modern TV. Here are a few of my favorites:
THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
Those who have lost their enthusiasm for life: they are bored, burned out and /or numb.
A trial lawyer on the verge of burn-out, who wants to renew his spirit.
An overworked or workaholic stockbroker looking for something more
A timid soccer mom, looking to build a great sense of self worth
A bored Corporate Executive with a big ego, looking for a challenge
THE FISH OUT OF WATER
Those who are so acclimated to our post industrial/ technology age and/or urban life that living in nature is akin to living on Mars.
A Boston Mechanic / Plumber
Astronomer/ Rocket scientist
Professor of poetry or literature
THE DISENFRANCHISED/ THE OUTSIDER
People who through their own doing or by bad luck, have found themselves on the outskirts of society. They may have self-loathing and/or difficulty trusting others.
An addict who is barely hanging on to the clean life
A former foster care kid who still deals with issues of abandonment and trust, and wants to be more self-reliant but also hopes to learn to rely on what’s around her.
A young guy from a bad neighborhood, who got in with wrong crowd, and wants to get out
A poor and/or homeless man looking for hope