Cat, I don’t know that it’s true that age isn’t relevant for a job like this. Let’s say that Alex wants this host to report on bar hopping for craft beers in Arlington. That’s relevant for folks in the demographic he’s aiming for, right? Wouldn’t it look a little odd if there was a 60 year old doing the hosting? No one is saying that there is a mandatory retirement age for on-air talent. But there is nothing wrong with looking for a particular kind of host for your particular show. And frankly, why aren’t you complaining that he’s looking for a woman? Isn’t that just another kind of “discrimination”?
He may be looking for a woman to pair with a male talent he already has. I can’t criticise that aspect because I don’t know the circumstances. The age thing has been fought long and hard, and, frankly, it has been put to bed. There is a government agency called the Equal Employment OPPORTUNITY Commission. The word “opportunity” is there to work to get people an opportunity to compete for jobs. People should not have the door closed on them because of stereotypes, whether that stereotype be aimed towards a person’s physical attribute, sex, age, or religion.
Paul Steven Miller went through hell after law school just trying to get a job because of a physical attribute. After finally given the chance at a Los Angeles law firm, he became so likable and admired in the legal community, the producers of LA Law based a new character on him. People should have the right to compete on talent in this industry, not shut out because of age or physical attribute. Talent always shines when given the real opportunity.
Arlington Cat is clearly experiencing menopausal symptoms. There is no other explanation.
FWIW: I think if Alex would have provided more information, maybe a web site explaining the project, timeline, presenting the work already accomplished, etc some of the responses may have been avoided. I would think a casting call would be one of the very last tasks required. Sort of like hiring actors for TV show before the show concept, pilot, etc has been written.
That said, I found Alex’s post lacking substance and yes, sort of creepy also in the sense of what is this project really about, and what is this female getting into.
Alex, your project may be on the up and up. But, the request without context, put me off. (But, I didn’t qualify anyway….)
Well said Arlington Cat, very well said. You convinced me. There shouldn’t be any restrictions aside from the attitude. You can consider them no more. Thanks for helping me see how even though this isn’t really a “job”, it’s about giving anyone a chance to shine. Thanks!
A big part of being relatable is basically looking like your audience, so if they are making a show for 25-35 year olds, the host should be 25-35 — this is why Antiques Roadshow has the hosts it does, and Blues Clues had a host that looked like an eight year old.
Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have the 18-34 demo locked down in their timeslots, even though they both have passed the half century mark in age.
How about the taxi drivers from the protest? Perhaps they could host it collectively.
What exactly is a video magazine how is it different from a YouTube channel?
Too bad I don’t fit the some of the requirements.
I’m older than 35 but otherwise fit the bill! Please let me know when/where I can audition!
Hi MissKitten, yes it is in fact a Youtube channel to start.
And No, if you are legit, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details, but as far as the restrictions, aside from the good attitude, I decided to get rid of them.
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