Casting Calls

Many families have ideals and causes about which they feel strongly. What happens, though, when those beliefs are polarizing enough to make you an outcast in society or worse, label you as an extremist?

Extremists come in all shapes and sizes. Some even prefer to be called radicals. Perhaps your family focuses on religion, politics, feminism or even couponing? Do you often feel that people misunderstand your beliefs and are too quick to label you an extremist?

Do you come from a family of activists who devote their lives to protecting animal rights? Or maybe your parents are environmentalists who regularly tie themselves to trees in order to stop them from being cut down. Did you grow up painting placards, learning chants and attending marches all in the name of the cause your family believes so passionately in?

As you’ve grown up, have the views of your family turned into your own, or have you taken off in the other direction and your conflicting ideals are now causing a divide in the house? Whether you’re following in your family’s footsteps or branching out on your own, MTV’s Emmy-award winning True Life series wants to hear your story. If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 30, email us at and tell us about how coming from a family of extremists has impacted your life. Please include your name, location, phone number and a recent photo of yourself.