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Are You Male, With a Job in Finance or Economics, and Want to Get on a "Wilderness Experience" TV Show?

Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 11.38.47 AMThen 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:


Those who have lost their enthusiasm for life: they are bored, burned out and /or numb.

Examples include: 

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



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. 

Examples include:

A Boston Mechanic / Plumber

Computer genius

Astronomer/ Rocket scientist

Professor of poetry or literature

Factory worker



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.

Examples Include:

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