MTV True Life: Train Hopping (2 Viewers)

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So it has come to my attention that MTV is making a True Life episode about train hopping and are putting out casting ads. It's hilarious but also a bit concerning. Kinda hoping they just get trolled on the responses of the casting call. But here is the ad. It's pretty comical. http://www.mtv.com/casting-calls/train-hopper

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"Are you searching for that one permanent place to call home, or do you see yourself being a rail-riding nomad for the rest of your life? Wherever you hope your travels take you, MTV’s Emmy-award winning True Life series wants to hear your story. If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 30, email us at [email protected] and tell us what it’s like exploring the country by train. Please include your name, location, phone number and a recent photo of yourself, but do not send any videos as we will not open or view them."
 
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Do you consider yourself a modern day hobo, riding the rails with little more than a backpack and a dream? Do you have a hard time explaining to people that, while it may seem like you have next to nothing to your name, beneath your feet is access to the entire world? Has joining the train hopping community led you to find a whole new family?

Is your desire for independence or adventure leading you to jump from moving trains, although it could potentially cost you your life? Do you thrive on the freedom of riding the rails regardless of the danger? Is there an internal battle raging between your passion for life on the rails and your connection with loved ones who don’t have the wanderlust gene?

Are you searching for that one permanent place to call home, or do you see yourself being a rail-riding nomad for the rest of your life? Wherever you hope your travels take you, MTV’s Emmy-award winning True Life series wants to hear your story. If you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 30, email us at [email protected] and tell us what it’s like exploring the country by train. Please include your name, location, phone number and a recent photo of yourself, but do not send any videos as we will not open or view them.
OMG everyone should troll the shit out of them with fucked up pictures and other nonsense!
 

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Holy shit.

I never thought I'd be saying this but, send in the trolls! Make it rain shitty unwashed nonsense upon them talent scouts.

Though to be fair, I could list a handful of people who would actually want to do this. None of which I particularly care to see "representing" anything.
 

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Though to be fair, I could list a handful of people who would actually want to do this. None of which I particularly care to see "representing" anything.
i would be interested if:
  • it was anyone but MTV
  • it wasn't about train hopping
i'm tired of being approached by media outlets and all they ever want to talk about is train hopping. i know it's the 'sexy' mode of travel for them, but we do a ton of other modes of travel as well...
 

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also, if i had time, i'd make a huge long application talking about all the 100's of thousands of miles i rode, how i've been circumcised on the fly and that i enjoy long walks on the beach train yard, short walks on the beach train yard, and other beach train yard related activities (attach pic of homebum). feel free to steal this idea.
 

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i know it's the 'sexy' mode of travel for them,
I agree and I could not roll my eyes any more dramatically, I'm liable to sprain something. Good Lord I hope this doesn't make it to production, because anyone they do find is gonna get the MTV "edgy" treatment and we've all witnessed that stinking, dumpster fire careening off a cliff many times with that network.
 

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I hope if this does occur that they at least have the integrity to find riders with self respect but some of the documentary's I have seen in the past have been very distasteful.

It seems like the film maker's always find the most strung out fucked up irrational riders to do documentaries on or about, maybe this is a selling point for them.

As to why there looking for only people between the age of 16 and 30 tells me there not truly concerned about the reality or truth about train hopping.

I haven't watched MTV in almost 20 years and could careless about what MTV is about today. I am sure some of us are old enough to remember when MTV actually was MTV and it was about the music and not about the garbage they play today. This was certainly a interesting post and topic.
 

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I hope if this does occur that they at least have the integrity to find riders with self respect but some of the documentary's I have seen in the past have been very distasteful.
yeah the thing is that like 15-20 years back MTV did a similar documentary and it was god awful and made everyone look like assholes (which some of them were, but still).
 

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yeah the thing is that like 15-20 years back MTV did a similar documentary and it was god awful and made everyone look like assholes (which some of them were, but still).
I Know exactly what your saying and we both are on the same page in that department. I suspect it will be a circus side show like most of the documentaries I have seen in the past however I could be wrong........
 

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mtv did a documentary back in the late 90s maybe, called the travellers. all in all its pretty much exactly what youd expect from a mtv documentary.

ah edit: just saw matt already made mention of this.

 
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It's been almost a month since I posted anything on the forums, but I have been keeping track of what's going on outside the forums here and on social media elsewhere. I have to say that putting yourself on TV in your effort to impress your viewers is more than just an agreement or even a contract. It's a trap.

I do agree about bombarding and trolling the email address MTV gave. But I believe that will also potentially get the attention of Operation Lifesaver and I can't wait to see what PDF they're going to type on that. Maybe MTV would finally make better decisions to what to feature on their channel rather than risking it's reputation by replacing good quality programming with bullshit that hardly anyone buys.
 
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Maybe someone could "get someone from the show to meet with them" and then send the TV people on a wild goose chase to the middle of nowhere.
 

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