With shows like Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance and Masterchef, sweeping across the world and infiltrating social media, it could be presumed reality television is at it’s absolute peak.
Whilst views may be skyrocketing and shares and clicks on the web are better than ever, there is one question that comes to mind towards the end of each season.
What is the talent going to do now?
For the winner, it is presumed they’ll do a few small tours, perhaps release an album or a book, and then maybe get by as a semi-famous individual for the rest of their life.
But what about everyone else?
Reality television and talent shows are presumably supposed to be the launch platforms for individuals and/or groups who are struggling to make it in their chosen industry.
A stint on prime time television and a mild influx of social media followers may be useful at the time, however aren’t going to sustain an income or livelihood once the show concludes.
Successful Australian performing artist, Karli Dinardo, admits while it is tempting to receive “instant fame” from these types of shows, it is important to persevere and trust that hard work will pay off in the end.
“With the amount of recognition an individual receives from just auditioning for these types of shows, it is no wonder many others follow in their footsteps hoping to become famous overnight,” she said.
“I too thought I could simply audition for a talent show, star on television for a few weeks and then come out with a job, but sadly it doesn’t really work like that.”
Miss Dinardo moved to the United States after finishing high school to pursue a career in musical theatre, and is now proud to say her talent has landed her a role in the massive Broadway Musical, “Hamilton.”
“It just goes to show that while fame may help you, it is really hard work and dedication that pays off in the end.”
Another Australian talent, Nathan Hedger, also holds similar values to Miss Dinardo, although has considered applying for Australia’s Got Talent, in order to gain a little more recognition.
As a freelance actor and magician attempting to earn a living in Brisbane, he does sometimes struggle to make ends meet.
“There have been times where I’ve briefly watched one of the shows and thought to myself, ‘Even I’m better than that guy.’
“But then I realize that after the show, he’ll just go back to his every day life, and his time on a television show will be a thing of the past.”
Nathan does agree that the shows are quite entertaining so of course are going to be popular with the public. He just wishes younger artists entering onto the show were aware of the implications it may have.
“It is easy to be swept up by the excitement of it all and convince yourself it is the only way to have a big break,” Nathan said.
“While it may well be, I think it is important for all of the contestants to realize that at the end of the day, it is just a television show.”
Nathan, like Karli, is determined to allow his talent and hard work to earn him the success he desires.
Despite reality television shows remaining prominent on our screens, it is safe to assume they are not a reliable way to land a successful career.
While the fleeting moments of fame may seem desirable to young and up and coming artists, it should be noted that it may not be sustainable in the long run.
Nonetheless, it is only presumed the tear jerking and goose bump inducing videos that continue to take over our television screens and social media will never go unnoticed.