I Want to Change My Life: Can Reality TV Competition Shows Trigger Lasting Career Success? by Barrie Gunter (Hardback, 2014)
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- DescriptionCompetition talent shows have been among the most popular on television in the 21st century. The producers of these shows claim to give ordinary people extraordinary opportunities to change their lives by showcasing a specific skill leading to a new career trajectory. Most participants will claim that they entered to get a big break and to develop a career they have always dreamed of. To what extent do these shows deliver on such promises? Following through what happens to leading contestants in singing, entertainment, modelling, cooking and business entrepreneur competitions, this book shows that few go on to achieve lasting success in their chosen career. Many return to obscurity or to their previous lives. Some enjoy a low level career in the new direction delivered by the competition they entered. Just a few become truly successful. The pop and entertainment themed contests have discovered just a handful of major pop stars and entertainers out of many hundreds who have taken part after the initial auditions. Turning to the cookery or business franchises, there are few who go on to achieve lasting success in their chosen career. In these it is equally likely that the winners go on to enjoy success with media careers rather than as chefs or entrepreneurs. The most successful franchise of all is the fashion model competition (Next Top Model), which has yielded a high hit rate in terms of career success. What the analysis here also reveals is that it isn't only the winners who ultimately benefit the most from their appearances in these shows. Moreover, television picks its own stars by recruiting contestants because they are telegenic or have a good backstory as much as for their relevant talents. In this way, a talent hungry medium has co-opted these franchises to replenish its own needs.
- Author BiographyBarrie Gunter is Professor of Mass Communication at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Leicester. He was also Head of this Department from 2005 until 2012. Previously, he was Professor of Journalism Studies and a founding member of the Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield (1994-2005), and before that he worked in broadcasting regulation where he was Head of Research both at the Independent Television Commission (1991-1994) and Independent Broadcasting Authority (1987-1991). He has degrees in Psychology from the University of Wales (BSc), University of London (MSc) and the University of East London (PhD). He has written and edited 60 books and over 300 other publications on a range of media, marketing and psychological topics.
- Author(s)Barrie Gunter
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication28/07/2014
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Weight544 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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