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It’s been almost a year since Z and I decided to ditch cable TV. That being said there are a few shows that we still watch regularly through Hulu or online. One of our not-to-be-missed: The Amazing Race.

The Amazing Race CBS  Logo

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For those who have never watched:

“The Amazing Race…pits 11 teams, each comprised of two members, against each other on a trek around the world for approximately 25 days. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical, and only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning $1 million.

Sure it’s a technically a reality competition show, but I like to think it’s one that actually has substance.

As much as I’d love to race around the world, with my sensitive stomach there is no way I could endure the “eat the odd local cuisine” challenges. Z on the other hand is would be perfect for it.

It is for that reason that he and his brother Colter decided that they were going to apply for the show.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE AMAZING RACE

I headed to The Amazing Race casting site and discovered that the deadline was extended for a filming this summer.

I skimmed over the requirements which included a lengthy online application, two headshots and most importantly a 3 minute long video summarizing why you would be great candidate for the show.

So we got to work! Z and Colter brainstormed a script and I acted as the consultant/videographer.

MAKING THE CASTING VIDEO

During a weekend visit to the Grandparents’ transformed their kitchen into our filming studio.

Amazing Race Casting Video- Colter being filmed in kitchen

Complete with a live studio audience!

Amazing Race Casting Video- Parents and Grandparents watching

The premise: two brothers who grew up traveling the world together. “Brain vs. brawn.”  Life separated them- school vs. military. Now they are coming back together and celebrating milestones—master’s degree, marriage. What better way to mark this point than by racing around the world together??

Amazing Race Casting Video- Zach and Colter

We did quite a few takes. Many laughs/weird moments included.

Amazing Race Casting Video- Zach outtake

Getting it to be short and sweet was a challenge! But in the end we got it down to 2 minutes 43 seconds!

Amazing Race Casting Video-Zach and Colter watching playback

TIME TO APPLY!

After an afternoon of filming, the video was complete. Everyone was pleased with the results. So I headed to the site to see if there was anything else the guys would need to include and I was met with this:

Amazing Race Casting Video-Application Deadline Closed

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Sometime in the past week since I checked it last they had closed the online application!

Not gonna lie, it was a bit of a downer. The timing was perfect and it would have been an amazing opportunity. But we all tried to look on the bright side that now once they begin casting again, the video will be good to go.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT

Although I plan to edit it and add some pictures for dramatic effect, I wouldn’t want all the work to go unnoticed. So here it is for your enjoyment. I  present to you Zach and Colter….

They want to race around the world. Here’s why….

I want to know…

If you were to apply for a TV show, which would YOU choose?

What is one show you never miss?