The world is addicted to the talent search. Every day, the airwaves are full of would-be actors, dancers, and singers, doing their best to get noticed as the most interesting person on the latest reality TV show about ex-con pet lover chefs looking for love and a million dollars. All of these shows are actually a talent search, and they all originated with a talent search. No, they don't just grab Joe Shmoe and Plain Jane off of the street and start shooting.
As hard as it may be to accept, many, if not all, of the people who appear on reality TV shows are aspiring actors or models, chosen from amongst a pool of potential contenders/participants who are quite aware that an appearance (however humiliating) on one of these shows can have the equivalent effect of being discovered on a nationwide talent search broadcasted live in prime time.
A traditional talent search can be a lot of fun and teach you a lot about auditioning and casting calls. This is one unseen benefit of participating. You get an up-close and personal view of how the selection process in a talent search works, what judges like, what audiences respond to, and how to put your best foot forward when it comes your time to shine. Find a talent search and give it a shot, you never know where the experience might take you!