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My photos & feature story on the day NBC-TV’s "THE BIGGEST LOSER" held an OPEN casting call in ATLANTA!

Just click on the magazine story’s title: "LOSING at WINNING at LOSING!"

Let me know what you think?

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Greetings from New Yawk – THE City!

This is The Ansonia Hotel, designed by architect Sanford White at the beginning of the 20th C. She is a protected Landmark building and takes up the entire block on Broadway between 73-74th Streets. The Turrets on the 17th floor used to be sheathed in iron that had deepened to a beautiful green patina. My Dad’s first office for his new architectural practice was in the turret nearest the camera, 73 St., with curved windows that faced Central Park & Broadway looking south to a dazzling view of the Empire State Building (now blocked by newer buildings). I love her dearly and am so grateful she’s protected from the wrecking ball!
 
You’ll see more of "my" New York in the days to come.
Photo: Lauralyn Bellamy (c) 2009 -Taken 7-16-09  

NBC-TV’s “THE BIGGEST LOSER” CAME CASTING IN ATLANTA!

547 INTERVIEWED IN ATLANTA FOR 30 SPOTS ON SEASON 9 OF
NBC-TV’s "THE BIGGEST LOSER!" By Lauralyn Bellamy
 
PHOTO: Lauralyn Bellamy

There were already over 100 on line when Tracey and Michelle arrived just after 7AM, as the announcements had directed. Interviews would begin after 10AM. By 9AM the line snaked in 3 long loops in front of DAVE & BUSTER’S, Duluth. No shade, but temperatures were bearable at first for the thousands who would wait for hours. Most applicants came not only with their team member (this being the "couples" version of "The Biggest Loser"), but a small army of supporters, as well!

Casting Directors Ian Young and Barbara Wulff were pleased with the turn-out.

I’ll be filing more in the next couple of hours; but, right now, my deadline for the AUGUST issue of ORACLE 20-20 magazine comes first!

TO BE CONTINUED!

PS Casting directors Barbara Wulff & Ian Young really take their job to heart. Shown below with your humble correspondent.

WILL YOU BE THE BIGGEST WINNER ON BIGGEST LOSER TOMORROW?

Will I See YOU at the OPEN Casting Call tomorrow in Atlanta!
Sure, you could hop on a plane and show up tomorrow morning in NYC at the NBC Store in Rockefeller Center for the open casting call there, but  
 
I’ll be at DAVE & BUSTER’S Duluth location: 4000 Venture Drive to cover the event for a magazine & my weblogs. (I was a fulltime investigative reporter back in the 1970’s. See TIME mag. issue 12/23/73, "Media" section.) I’ll look forward to interviewing you there!
 
What are they looking for in family teams? Read my exclusive interview with TBL’s casting agent, IAN YOUNG, posted below.

 

Warning: DO NOT attempt to get on line BEFORE 7AM. The event begins at 10AM and they will only count persons who wait until 7AM onward to sign up. Folks in Tampa who lined up earlier than that found out the hard way, being bumped to the back of the line!!

BE PREPARED: On the right side of this screen you’ll see a list of some of my magazine stories on how to overcome SELF-SABOTAGE in weight loss. You can read them on line and/or print them out to read while you’re standing on line.

Look for me at Dave & Buster’s. I’ll be rooting for ya!

 

 
 
 
 
 

“THE BIGGEST LOSER” UPDATE to Atlanta OPEN Casting Call

"THE BIGGEST LOSER" Casting Director Sets the Record Straight! 
 
 
 
I spoke directly with Casting Director Ian Young late this evening about whether or not having undergone any form of weight loss surgery would prevent someone from becoming a contestant.
 
The short answer?
"No. As long as they have at least 100 lbs.to lose we don’t care what they’ve tried in the past to lose weight."
 
Ian went on to talk about what the producers are looking for in potential contestants:
"We’re looking for people with great personality; not as in, telling jokes or performing; but, as in being open and real in front of people they don’t know. They need to be outgoing.They’re going to be on camera in front of millions.They have to be intensely committed to changing their lives and losing the weight."
 
"The challenge for people who have ‘only’ 100 lbs.to lose is to sustain their will to compete at the highest level; they’re likely to lose it fairly soon – then what? We can’t have them continuing to lose weight – that’s unhealthy! But we can’t have them stop competing or sneaking extra food to hold their own. You see the problem?"
 
So there you have it.
My opinion?
If you’ve had weight loss surgery and gained back a signficant amount of weight; or, if you’ve had WLS within the last 6-9 months but your slow rate of weight loss has kept you in the morbidly obese weight loss category; and, the opportunity to be on "THE BIGGEST LOSER" thrills you –   go for it!!                                                 
 
Details on the blog post below!

“The BIGGEST LOSER” Open Casting Call in ATLANTA!

Got a phonecall from IAN, Casting Dir.for NBC-TV’s
"The Biggest Loser" asking for my help
in getting the word out to anyone who is morbidly obese &
ready to change their life forever –
on national TV!
 
Next season will repeat the COUPLES formula, so they are looking for
FAMILY TEAMS of 2, including
married ~ parent/child ~ siblings ~ in-laws ~ siblings ~ cousins ~
Winning team gets $250,000 & a new lease on life in healthy bodies!
 
So here’s the 4-1-1:
 
 
OPEN CASTING CALL IN METRO ATLANTA
SATURDAY, JULY 11TH, 10AM to 6PM at
DAVE & BUSTER’S

THE RULES: Do NOT line up before 7AM; casting agents will

do their best to see first 500 persons on line; no partner? OK to audition solo!

Can’t be there? Apply online at: www.thebiggestlosercasting.com

Oops!Almost forgot to tell you!  

    Ian said there’s a way to see if you qualify

    for VIP consideration at the OPEN CALL!

    Email him at:

    young.casting@gmail.com & put <VIP-ATL> in subject line.

    I’ll be covering the event, so hope to see you there!

 Lauralyn in 3X, Xmas ’02 Lauralyn, June ’09, size 8 for 4.5 yrs.!