About "Way Out"...
Showtime is developing a new television documentary series about gays and lesbians coming out to important people in their lives.
Our aim is to create a show that not only helps the people we profile and the LGBTQ community in general, but also uses television’s vast reach and power to enlighten and increase understanding of what it’s like to feel compelled to hide an essential part of oneself.
A recent San Francisco State University research study about family response to a teen’s coming out concluded that “teens who experienced negative feedback were more than eight times as likely to have attempted suicide, nearly six times as vulnerable to severe depression and more than three times at risk of drug use.” The glimmer of hope the study offered however was that “parents who take even baby steps to respond with equanimity instead of rejection can dramatically improve a gay youth's mental health outlook.” By increasing visibility and awareness, we hope to help people take those “baby steps” or better.
Our production team will treat the people we profile and their loved ones with the utmost care, dignity and respect, and we will provide a support system of counselors and therapists throughout the process. (Our counselors vary in age, gender and therapeutic approach -- so that each of our documentary participants can choose the person with whom they feel most comfortable.)
Showtime Networks, Casting Producer Adam Drucker of A&E’s “Intervention” and Bryn Freedman, the Executive Producer of A&E’s “Intervention," are looking for gays and lesbians who have already made the decision to come out to important people in their lives and are willing to share that journey with us.
We want to offer our subjects a forum in which to show what life in the closet* is like, to explain why they’ve chosen to come out now and to accompany them during this transformational event. (*Participants can already be out in many areas of their lives, but have felt compelled to keep their sexuality hidden from the people they now want to tell.)
*Please note that because we are currently in the development stage of creating the series, we are willing to film you and your story without asking you to sign releases to let us broadcast the footage. Once we've filmed your coming out, you will be under no obligation to let us broadcast your episode.*
If you're interested in learning more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns you have.
If you’d like to be on the show, please read the information below and then click the link below to fill out a brief form.
Feel free to only fill out what you feel comfortable sharing initially. And please know that we will keep all inquiries and information confidential. If you do choose to send your phone number, please include any additional instructions (for example: best times to call, if we can refer to the project in your voice mail, how you'd like us to identify ourselves if someone else answers, etc.).
The form asks some basic questions and for “a brief description” — here you can write a bit about your life, who you’re coming out to and why you've chosen to tell them now.
In the “links" field please list any websites or blogs that will tell us more about you. (For example, if you have a myspace or facebook page; a youtube, picasa or flickr account; sites with your resume or bio; articles where you're mentioned, etc.)
To apply CLICK HERE.
After you’ve completed the form please email a jpeg of yourself to email@example.com with your name in the subject line of the email.
Thank you so much for taking the time to apply! Please understand that due to time constraints we might not be able to respond to all inquiries and we apologize in advance if we are unable to reply to yours.