Casting Calls

While many dream of running off and joining a circus, have you actually done it? Were you the class clown that has since taken to the streets to make a living juggling and doing stunts that would make Bozo proud? Can you swallow swords? Have you nailed the bed of nails? Do you get fired up when you’re in front of an open flame? Do you feel like an outcast to most of society, but part of a unique family of artists and performers on the road that act as your greatest fans?

Is being called a “freak” a badge of honor? Are you the barker, the banner painter or the geek of your traveling troupe? Do you wish sometimes you could live a more “normal” abnormal life, forgoing living out of a suitcase and washing up at gas stations while still taking major risks nightly for the applause of an audience?

If you want to show what it’s like to live as part of a modern sideshow, 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 walking the tightrope of a weird and wonderful life. Please include your name, location, phone number and a recent photo of yourself, but do not send any videos as we will not open or view them.