With Big Brother filming underway, and ongoing complaints about Reality TV editing -especially from Married at First Sight– I thought it would be timely to listen once more to the words of seasoned Reality producer Marion Farrelly.
In an interview last year with The Feed she reiterated her “Talk of Doom” she recommends to contestants before they start any new show.
“You will leave here and you will be too famous to go back to your job, but not famous enough to be famous, so you probably won’t work for two years.
“If you’re a guy, people will want to fight you in the pub. If you’re a girl, no one will want to date you.
“Everyone you have ever slept with will come forward and they will tell their stories to the press.
“You think that you will come off as the person on TV that everyone loves.
“But actually when was the last time you were in the bar and you saw someone from TV, and you went, ‘Oh my God, there’s that idiot off the telly’?”
“You don’t think the idiot will be you. But it probably will be.”
Similar advice was given by producer Alex Mavroidakis (also a former BB producer) to celebs in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in an interview with Mumbrella.
“I say this to all the celebrities walking in, ‘You’re going into an environment where you are what you are, and there’s nothing we can do to change it, you can’t change it. If you go in there and you’re the nicest person in the world, that’s what you will be on the show, if you go in and you’re the biggest d***head in the world, that’s what you will be. There is no time to save you or fix you.’”
Don’t say you weren’t warned…