On a day in 1997, Irene, an energetic girl from Poughkeepsie, New York, decided to visit the open calls, and subsequently fill out an application for a The Real World, a show about seven out of 11,535 people picked to live in an immaculate house. Here are a few excerpts from Irene's application:
After she passed the open-call and application round, Irene was recorded talking on the phone with the producers of the show. After passing that round, she had made it to the semifinals. Only 37 applicants remained. Here's some of what she said:
Now in the finals, Irene was in the top .1 percent of applicants. During the finals, they are flown to the offices of Bunim-Murray Productions, the creators of The Real World. They are followed by a camera crew. Mary-Ellis Bunim calls is "a day on The Real World". In her final interview, Irene came through as a witty, energetic girl, that eventually gained her a spot on The Real World: Seattle.