This year’s season of Local Ambition is going head first into uncharted waters with the addition of scripted segments. These are segments where the cast, and crew, interact with each other in predetermined situations. The cast, and crew, have become on-screen characters instead of just being models or staff.
“These segments allow us to tell stories better than we ever could,” Local Ambition creator, Kevin Edwards, states, “In the past, our show was unscripted and it made it difficult to keep stories going from one episode to the next. The challenge that Edwards is referring to comes from issues between cast members being resolved behind the scenes instead of on camera – leaving viewers confused. The scripted segments that the show has created this year allow more control over stories – ensuring that viewers get to see the beginning, middle, and end to everything.
Edwards also started the segments as a way to make Local Ambition different from other reality shows. “Other reality shows are scripted, but they sometimes push individuals into having real conflicts with each other and I don’t like that,” he adds, “I think it’s irresponsible to put people through unnecessary stress in the name of ratings or views. I feel that it’s better to show up to set, have fun, and pretend not to like someone instead of showing up to set and actually not liking someone. This has created a much more fun working environment for everyone.”
While Edwards is the writer for the show, the cast and crew are a part of the creative process. “If someone has an idea for a segment or their character – I’ll listen to them,” he says. Everyone involved on the show has the opportunity to be an on-screen character. Characters are, most of the time, extensions or exaggerated versions of someone’s real personality. This makes it easier for them to act on camera if they have no previous acting experience.
Here are some reactions from some of this year’s cast about the addition of these segments:
“I love the segments that were added to the show. I was a bit unsure of them at first, but I was open to trying them out and I’m glad I did. They really helped me learn to be more comfortable with acting, which I was really nervous about before. Now I feel so much more ready to take on future acting roles.” – Nikki Serenity
“When they were first introduced, I was skeptical, but willing to do them to see what they were all about. I wanted to see where the stories would take our cast. In the end, I really liked them. I feel that they made the show interesting.” – Mackenzie
“At first, they worried me. I was really afraid that I was going to sound like some awful person. After I actually did them, I realized how much of myself I could put into them and I enjoyed them!” – Helaina
“They were something new and fun! I really enjoyed being a part of them.” – Sunni
“Going forward, this will be the blueprint for future seasons of Local Ambition,” Edwards says.
The new season of Local Ambition will air Monday, September 18 at www.alwayslatetv.com.