These days, it seems like everyone's got their own reality show. Now, you can star in one, too.
The new website, RealityShowBuzz.com, is the first online forum dedicated to hosting reality shows that feature anyone and everyone, including business owners who want to promote their businesses, families looking to get famous and wannabe actors looking for their big break.
It's the brainchild of Will Moffett, a web entrepreneur who has launched a dating site and a social networking site.
The 28-year-old Moffett designed the site to be a hub for all things reality, including reality show casting calls, advice on how to get on a reality show and a wild and varied assortment of reality show videos. The site's main source of income is the video equipment Moffett also sells through the site's e-commerce store.
Moffett, who has twice come close to being cast on reality shows himself — once on MTV's "The Real World" and once on Oxygen's "Love Games," said the site evolved from his blog covering reality TV. While writing the blog he realized that Americans are obsessed with reality shows, and he wanted to create a forum where they could realize their dreams of starring in one.
"Everybody wants to start their own reality show," Moffett told BusinessNewsDaily. "I don't know why."
Current reality show postings on the site include one about five men who lived in a British monastery for 40 days, one about a deaf family and one called "Icon Men," which features a troop of shirtless male fitness models helping women get their lives together with empowerment exercises and makeovers.
Part of the appeal of the site is that it allows anyone who wants one to create their own show.
"It's hard to get on a reality show," he said. "This is a way people can have their own reality show by putting destiny in their own hands."
And while some of the shows on the site are clearly low-budget attempts, others are highly produced efforts featuring several episodes.
The site also features casting calls for new reality shows, including a military "Fear Factor" show, "Shark Tank " and one for a show featuring teens who've had plastic surgery, among many others.
Moffett, who launched the site just a few weeks ago, said that while YouTube is a great place for posting video of all kinds, his site creates a new forum where reality-obsessed fans can focus exclusively on the world of reality TV.
Moffett has created a strong social media presence for the site, with a Facebook page, Twitter feed and a MySpace page. He's also using tools like Digg and Reddit to help spread word about the site, which cost him $2,500 to launch.
The site currently is supported by the sales from Moffett's video business, but he eventually plans to monetize the site through display advertising and monetization of the videos.