History's Survival Competition Show Is Casting Season 7: How To Get On, and How to Blow It

So the time is here, once again. ALONE (History’s hit survival tv series) is casting for its 7th season, and you might be exactly what they’re looking for. As most of you know, I have a special connection and love for this show, after competing on both the 1st and 5th seasons. I’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts, to get you started. Read this, and if you still think you’re a good fit, shoot them an email (shown at the bottom of the blog post.

Author’s note: These points should speak for themselves, so although I love interacting with you guys, all show questions are best answered during the application process, by people who actually work for ITV or HISTORY. I should also add that these are just my opinions, and other than being a former participant, I am not affiliated with the show in any way.

How To Blow It

#1 Trash Talk the show, other outdoor professionals, or previous cast members. If you’re a cool person and not a jerk face, this should go without saying. Being intentionally negative about things in an attempt to promote yourself is tacky, and a sure way to get your application shredded. Think of it as a job interview. If you appear negative now, you’re probably going to get even more negative as the process moves forward, and no one wants to work with a negative person.

#2 Be Public about your participation in the casting process. I know it’s exciting to think about the possibility of being on TV and having an awesome wilderness adventure, but you’ll need to keep it to yourself. Don’t announce that you’re applying via social media, and do not put your “application video” on youtube. You have nothing to gain by doing this, and everything to lose.

#3 Act. ALONE is all about a real, raw adventure. The people who go through the applications can spot a fake person from a mile away. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. In the words of Bernard M. Baruch, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.” 

How To Get On

#1 Demonstrate Competency. You don’t have to be the world’s best survivalist to get on ALONE, but you do have to show the casting team that you aren’t going to die as soon as they drop you into the woods. Demonstrate that you know what you’re doing in the wild, and that you are a rational person. You’re also responsible for filming your adventure, so being a good communicator is key. You can be the baddest guy/gal in the woods, but if you don’t know how to communicate your journey, you’re not a good fit for ALONE.

#2 Be Attractive. This doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the way you look. ALONE wants people who draw other people in with their personalities, and their “vibes” for lack of a better word. Maybe you’re an undaunted mother who loves the outdoors and wants to show her kids that she has what it takes; or a mail carrier who has some wilderness skills, and a knack for physical comedy. Maybe you’re a naive “no-collar” male in his early twenties who never wants to call it quits… but what do I know about that.

#3 Be Yourself. This goes hand in hand with not being an “actor” and it’s the number one piece of advice that I give to everyone who tells me that they want to apply for ALONE. Be yourself, and at the end of the day, its okay if the show doesn’t think you’re a good fit for them. I don’t know you, but I’m sure that you’re a better person than whoever you would pretend to be. Be truthful, be honest, and be yourself.

So, that’s all I got.

Do you still want to apply for the show? If so, email alonecasting@itv.com and say “Hey guys, I’d like to give it a shot.” Good luck!

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Sam Larson is a husband, father, and lover of the outdoors. He’s had the privilege of training with world renowned instructors in many different environments.