Reasons to Keep Your Relationship Away from Reality Television
Reasons to Keep Your Relationship Away from Reality Television J A U S A N ® “a private online community since 1995” by Jausan | © 2014 All Rights Reserved Santa Clarita, California For those of you who are unfamiliar with the whole reality television franchise, there is not much missed on these shows despite who produces them. This is not to tear-down Hollywood as a whole industry, but there…
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the whole reality television franchise, there is not much missed on these shows despite who produces them. This is not to tear-down Hollywood as a whole industry, but there are some elements of it that reflect a low-budget way of exploiting individuals and their relationships for the sake of fame and income. Now, true enough these are grown people making a decision to participate in these franchises. However, there are some things that you should understand before taking your relationship into this maze. I have a few friends that are currently and were formerly on several reality shows who are in sustainable relationships and there is a serious cost they have to shoulder because of it. After chatting with them I formed a list of some of the realities that come from these shows. Please note that each studio, producer, and contract is different so there is not an industry standard in this regard.
- The compensation consideration is not that great and in fact expect to wait several years before receiving a substantial living that can afford you to quit your day job. Some franchises may not pay participants, partners, and guests directly, but instead pay a location fee per use at the place of filiming only for the time needed in the show.
- Depending on the franchise, some will allow you to promote an existing business (with limited exposure) that was established prior to taping the show. Some may find it difficult to do so after the show starts, again depends on the production company.
- Usually, the compensation and performance contracts are separate documents that the clearly define each requirements of the performer and terms specifically. These documents are commonly drafted very carefully so that the most insignificant items are covered. For instance a performer may wave his or her rights under aperformance contracts in the case of shooting an embarrassing scene such as arguments and confrontations. By signing over these rights, the performer may have to beg the producers to edit parts, but the one who drafted the contract has the power. Now, think of the most embarrassing thing that can happen between you and your spouse or partner and it is up to an executive or producer to make a decision that may dictate a social perception of your relationship. The judgment that the producer has to make is avalue judgment ratings vs. your dignity and respect in the relationship.
- In some cases the contracts may include anything that you create during that period under contract, meaning for instance if you wrote a song, a book, etc, they may have to sign-off so that you could actually make profits from it or there may be a co-branding requirement, meaning that the franchise has to be promoted in your work. We see this many times when books or other items are promoted in some cases. Other contracts may forbid moon-lighting or other activities to make money outside the franchise without prior approval.
- Also, in some cases when the franchise is done using couples and individuals they may not and cannot use the show as a call-to-action for their own enterprises without explicit permission to do so.
As you can see there are a lot of considerations to untake before actually signing your relationship up for something in which you have marginal control in managing. However, there are those that may look at some of the seasoned cast members of these shows parading around Hollywood, but fail to understand the circumstances that they had to manage to get there. Also, if you noticed addressing the fans, hostiles, and crazies out there was not even mentioned and that is a whole lot of trouble.
Some couples may look at going on these shows as a menas to repair a damaged relationship. This is the absolute worst thing to do because egos and managing fame will kick in. The level of social circles will increase along with prettier and more well established people and temptations abound.
Unrelated to reality television per se, after Jennifer Hudson won her Oscar for Dreamgirls a disrespectful reporter asked her a question conveying that she had the Oscar and how would she justify dating an average Joe (in respect to her then current boyfriend). This was an unfair question that questioned the decision she made in choosing a lover and unfortunately questions like the one asked to her will rise again. One last note in closing to couples considering such an endeavor, “Is your relationship worth the risk of possibly losing it?”