Sydni Dunn / Houma Courier
The 'Swamp People' crew will be in Houma Saturday, but they won't be tagging alligators. Instead, they'll be hunting for the next 'true swampers' to appear on the hit television series.
Casting directors for The History Channel's popular show, which depicts the life of alligator hunters in Louisiana, will hold a casting call from noon to 5 p.m. at Big Al's Seafood on West Tunnel Boulevard.
The casting crew is looking for experienced alligator hunters with interesting hunting methods, as well as real men and women whose lives revolve around the swamp land, said Goloka Bolte, supervising casting producer.
'We'd love to find some unique stories of local folks who make their living off the swamp, who live and breathe this lifestyle and wouldn't have it any other way,' Bolte said. 'We want to show more of the unique people that can only be found in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana, because let's face it America loves them.'
A 'true swamper' is more than someone who has grown up enjoying the outdoors, Bolte said. The crew is looking for someone who 'really lives on the bayou, hunts and fishes for their daily meals and knows how to live off the land.'
Applicants can register as an individual, a duo or a group. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and those over age 18 are preferred, she said.
Applications will be available at the casting call, but the crew strongly encourages locals to submit an application through the casting website before the event Saturday. The team will only be in Louisiana for a few days and has limited time, she said, so it's better to apply early.
'The sooner we know about you, the better,' Bolte said.
The applications must include photos, contact numbers and an explanation of why the applicant has what it takes to appear on the series.
'It's an easy, fun process,' she said. 'They come in, sign in and fill out an application, get their picture taken, and then my casting team and I will interview them for a few minutes and find out where they're from and what their personality is like.'
Those applying as a hunting team or group should try to attend the casting call with every member.
Bolte said it's most important to bring personality to the casting call, adding they are 'looking for big characters that represent Louisiana well.'
Asked if any of the show's current 'big characters' would attend the casting call, Bolte said there might be a few familiar faces, but she couldn't make any promises.