First comes the money, then come the cameras: Bravo, the cable television network known for such reality shows as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Millionaire Matchmaker, is apparently looking for young professionals to star in an upcoming reality show based on Silicon Valley.
Despite the splashy parties, big funding rounds for pre-launch startups, and increasingly amazing perks to lure engineers for hire, I keep hearing from Silicon Valley veterans that the current environment is still nowhere near the extravagance that typified the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. Nevertheless, someone seems to think it’ll still make for good TV.
Here’s the email we received from a Hollywood casting director, who will be scouting for Silicon Valley’s hottest potential stars-to-be:
I am a casting director for a new reality docu/series on Bravo currently seeking young professionals. We really would LOVE to talk to you, saw your website. I am flying up there from LA to interview people October 6-8th and was hoping to speak with you before then. Looking forward to speaking with you. Below is a little more info about our show.
Thank you in advance!
Major Cable Network now casting CONFIDENT professionals with BIG PERSONALITIES for a new reality show.
Are you a young, successful, professional living in America’s most emerging area — Silicon Valley?
Whether you’re in law, business, technology, film, advertising, medical, culinary… any career goes, as long as you’re living life in the fast lane, we want to hear from you!
How about a hotshot lawyer, who works hard from 9-5 but parties even harder after dark? Maybe you just got your break working at one of the biggest internet companies burning through the late-night hours and partying in the even later ones? Or maybe you’re a middle school teacher in a small suburb, but you have a secret wild side?
Looking for people in their late 20’s – to early 40’s… living in Silicon Valley… and who have a full time job and a full time lifestyle.
Single or in a relationship… gay or straight… as long as you live your life to the fullest (and are confident in who you are), we want to meet you!
Please submit a photo, age, profession, a little bit about your story, and contact info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Movies like The Social Network have made the tech world seem sexy, but the industry’s real insiders are quick to point out that reality here is not all that telegenic. But that hasn’t stopped other big media firms from turning the spotlight on techies: For example, Bloomberg TV is now running a reality program about TechStars, the Boulder, Colo.-based startup accelerator. It will be interesting to see if the folks who make Silicon Valley tick are also ready for their close-up — or if they’re interested in having one at all.