I am writing you this morning to share some AMAZING news – I have made it into the top 25 guys that will compete to be the FIRST MALE MODEL on THE PRICE IS RIGHT!! We will compete in a series of challenges that will be filmed and put online at, http://www.thepriceisright.com. America will then get to vote and decide who wins the entire competition!
When I found out about the competition – I just knew that it was the opportunity of a life-time. You see, TPIR holds a very special place in my heart. I have such great memories of watching as a kid with my Grandma Lee – giggling at Bob Barker’s jokes, admiring the cool prizes, and hoping for PLINKO to be played. It was a simpler time then – the days of my lemonade stand, playing super-soaker wars with the neighborhood kids, and looking under the neighbor’s rocks for cool bugs to play with. Of course, my desire to be the first male-model on TPIR is fueled by more than childhood memories, but by my passion for people and desire to be part of a brand that celebrates what I value the most – DIVERSITY.
Drew Carey has done an amazing job carrying the torch after Bob Barker retired. With his charisma and open-minded leadership TPIR continues to transcend race, religion, weight, sex, age, sexual orientation. I mean, think about all the colorful characters that travel from all over the country (and the world) to have a chance to spin the wheel. No matter who is on stage, the audience is so eager to see them win prizes and support them in any way that they can by shouting out price suggestions. It’s an amazing feeling to actually be at a taping and actually feel that sense of family – even if it is for one day.
As for the initial casting process, there were at least 200 guys in line – my competition was not only attractive, but they were smart! One of my favorite parts of the day was simply talking to people in line about who they were, how they came to be at the casting, and learning about what they were passionate about. Even with my previous experience within the entertainment industry, the butterflies were flapping their wings at full speed. When it came to be my turn to go before “Carey’s Cuties” (the female models – who are judging our competition along with executive producer, Mike Richards), I knew that I had to be on top of my game to move on to the next level.
Unfortunately for me, after a long day of waiting in lines, my nervous excitement, and not having much to eat – my body started to shake slightly. Carey’s cuties saw it as understandable and voted YES, but Mike seemed to think that my energy was not exactly up to par with what he expects from a model on TPIR and gave me a NO. Fortunately for me, the shaking stopped and my energy charged-up when the elephant in the room was addressed, “Have you done anything that could be considered controversial in your career?” Of course I openly and confidently shared that I had done a cover and nude spread in PLAYGIRL Magazine back in 2010 – a project that I am very proud of! As an artist I celebrate my work – I enjoy pushing the boundaries – and I LOVE to start conversations. I certainly don’t define my entire career with one photo-shoot, the same way I don’t let my sexuality define who I am as a person – they are all small parts of the whole.
I have had some pretty amazing adventures in my life, but adding TPIR to my list of adventures would be the biggest honor of them all. I would be so proud to wake up, sip my coffee, and head to work knowing that each day was going to be an opportunity to meet new people and make them smile. Honestly, I cannot think of a better job! While I know it is impossible to please everyone, I am so thankful to my family, friends, and fans that know my heart and have supported me over the years. I look forward to keeping you updated as the audition process continues, but in the mean-time it would be a huge help if you would please visit the link below and share your thoughts and comments with TPIR.
Would you tune-in if I was selected?
Should an artistic nude spread prevent me from being cast?
What Price is Right memories do you have?