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MTV’s ‘Made’ sees low turnout

Will Ferguson
Will Ferguson / Arizona Daily Wildcat Producers of the MTV show MADE visited the UA campus on Tuesday to interview students interested in getting on the show. Amanda Thoss, a linguistics junior, answers questions about her life and studies at the University of Arizona.

MTV’s “Made” held open auditions in the Cholla Room in Cactus Grill on Tuesday, but received a small turnout, most likely due to a lack of publicity, according to a show spokesman.

“I think if we would have had some better promotion, we would have had, like, 50 kids,” said Jay Lyons, “Made” casting producer. Promoting the “Made” auditions is something he said that the show could work on.

Lyons has visited about 15 colleges in the past two to three weeks, where the turnout averaged about 30 to 80 students, depending on the school, he said. At the UA, only a couple of students showed up to audition.

In an attempt to promote the auditions, Lyons put up flyers around campus, but was then informed by university officials that there was a policy against taping them up. He removed them, but not before two students saw them and came to audition.

“I saw a flyer before they took it down and I thought, ‘Oh crap, I need to go do that,’” said Amanda Thoss, a linguistics junior. Thoss said she has tried open auditions before, and keeps her eyes open for new opportunities.

MTV’s “Made” focuses on helping teens, and now college students, pursue their goals and dreams, Lyons said. The show can help line them up with a coach, train and challenge them to make them into their dream person.

“I am a multi-instrumentalist musician and a rapper,” said Moss Worthington, a music junior, who also auditioned for “Made.” “I feel like I have something to say and something to offer to the music world.”

Anyone can audition for the show, but producers said they are looking for those who are especially passionate about their dreams.

“Some people come in and they’re like, ‘I want to be famous,’” Lyons said. “That’s not so great. It doesn’t really matter so much, the goal, but more what they are passionate about.”

At each audition, Lyons asks students basic questions about their lives, their dreams and why they want to accomplish their goals. If students seem right for the show, Lyons pitches these students to “Made” representatives in New York.

The most memorable experiences Lyons has with students, like Thoss and Worthington, are when they share their stories, he said.

“I’m genuinely interested in what a person is saying,” Lyons said. “I’m not just going through the motions. I mean, everybody’s story matters, even if they are not going to be cast on the show.”

Although the turnout was not high at the UA, Lyons said he hopes to hold auditions on campus again sometime in the future. However, next time, organizers will try and focus on a more targeted promotion, Lyons added.

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