The Edmond Sun

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April 2, 2014

Oklahoma City to host “Biggest Loser” casting call

Edmond’s Brown will make an appearance

OKLA. CITY — Randy Bernstein says his job as supervising casting producer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is one of the most rewarding professional and personal experiences he has had because he is helping to change people’s lives.

Now, Bernstein is hoping to help make that change for someone who could be selected from “The Biggest Loser” open casting call in Oklahoma City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 19 at Planet Fitness at 9118 S. Western Ave.

The “Biggest Loser” is launching a seven-city cross-country search to find new contestants for the next edition of the show. Individuals, families and former athletes who have at least 100 lbs. to lose are encouraged to apply for the new season.

“We get tens of thousands of people applying for the show and it is always hard choosing the people for the show,” Bernstein said. “The show is kind of like winning the lottery. You are giving up four to six months of your life to come live on the (show) ranch and transform everything you know about yourself and come out a stronger, healthier and hopefully better person.”

Bernstein, president and co-founder of Casting Duo, a casting agency, has over a decade of experience casting for a variety of shows including hits such as “The Biggest Loser,” “Top Chef,” “MasterChef,” “Project Runway,” “Tabatha’s Takeover,” and “The Glee Project.”

Bernstein said his job is to review the show applicants and videos and pare them down to a final list to be submitted to show producers and network officials.

“I am the one that the pitches the people that we all love to the producers who takes it to the network which makes the ultimate decision of who will end up on the show,” Bernstein said.

Bernstein said casting producers are looking for charismatic individuals who have the desire to change their lives forever and vie for the opportunity to lose weight and compete for a grand prize of $250,000. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States. For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a videotape is available on http://www.nbc.com/casting#bl16 and www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.

People will not be allowed to line up prior to three hours before the start of the open call. Candidates should bring a non-returnable photo of themselves.

Bernstein said his advice to those applying to the show is to be sincere.

“We encourage people to be themselves,” he said. “We want to find those people who want to transform their lives and why. We don’t want it to feel rehearsed.”

David Brown of Edmond and Season 15 runner-up will make an appearance at the Oklahoma City casting call.

Bernstein said he knew Brown was special when he first met him.

“David has a story,” Bernstein said. “He had that burning desire to change what was going on in his life and wanted to stop living an unhealthy lifestyle. The minute we met David we knew there was something special about him.”

Bernstein said he is proud to be part of “The Biggest Loser” team.

“It is the most impactful show that I will ever do in my entire life,” he said. “I am thankful every day that God has given me the opportunity to be a part of this show. I am helping people change their lives.”

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