Here’s How You Can Get Cast on ‘Below Deck’

Adrianna Freedman
·4 mins read

From Men's Health

  • Below Deck is a massively popular franchise airing on Bravo.

  • The series explores crew members working on mega-yachts.

  • It's actually pretty simple to become a cast member—with one big catch.

Exotic locations! Hot sexy singles! Money! For those who haven’t had a chance to take an exotic vacation in 2020, Bravo's Below Deck might've become your new binge-watch amid quarantine. After all, what's not to love about a series of yachties living out our escapist dreams (save for all the crazy long working hours and drama)?

Naturally, you might also be wondering how you can get cast on Below Deck and become the next member of the motor yacht Wellington. While it does seem like Bravo hires any pretty face to work on one of the mega-yachts featured over the seasons, it takes a lot more to earn your place as a member of the deck crew (in addition to passing psychological tests, filling out tons of paperwork, and other things not typical of the "normal" yachting industry, as far as we know). Here's what we know about getting cast on Below Deck.

Staff members need some sort of experience working on boats.

Sorry to all folks looking for an easy way to travel the world and make a good amount of money on the side—it turns out you do need to have some sort of experience working on boats. According to the official casting website for the show, in addition to submitting photos and a video, you also need to answer a particular set of questions that speak to your yachting experience:

  1. If you’ve ever worked on a yacht before.

  2. Experience level (positions, vessel size, training certificates, etc.).

  3. A brief bio about your boating experience.

  4. A resume to prove you’ve worked on boats.

While fans know that resume answers can always be forged (example: third stew Casey’s botched CV on Med season 3), chances are you might get fired before your 15 seconds have even begun. Plus, given the life-threatening scenarios the guests and crew need to solve in quick time, it does help to have some boating experience under your belt.

Staff members must be prepared for cameras to be around 24/7.

While you do need to know your way around a mega-yacht before applying to become a cast member, at the end of the day, it’s still a reality show. Crew members need to be able to perform their jobs while being aware of the cameras capturing everything behind the scenes… even moments they don’t want seen by viewers.

“I think people are so jaded by reality TV, they think that everything is thought ahead five steps or eight steps,” executive producer Courtland Cox told BravoTV.com. “We are really genuinely filming what’s happening on a working charter yacht with people that are working on the yacht.”

If you’re wondering whether there’s a chance to be involved with the franchise, given the pandemic—sorry to burst your bubble. It looks like season 8 of the original series already filmed prior to COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shoot your shot, because it looks like the casting agency responsible for hiring yachties for the show is looking for some cast members for an upcoming series that sounds very similar to Below Deck. So whenever the time comes—get ready.

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