Many seek MTV ‘Real World’ fame

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITY BEAT | POLITICS - BY TINA S FONDELES Staff Reporter Email: ts­fonde­les@sun­times.com Twit­ter: @Ti­naS­fon

The sassy, young and de­ter­mined came out Satur­day in Chicago for a chance to make it onto MTV’s 32nd sea­son of “Real World.”

It’s un­clear where the next sea­son will be filmed, but MTV has held cast­ing calls for the show in Chicago sev­eral times in search of the “larger-than-life per­son­al­ity,” mag­netism and un­usual story the net­work says it’s look­ing for.

Jus­tice Wake­field was one of dozens who showed up at Bar Louie, 47 W. Polk. She was per­suaded to au­di­tion by an un­likely source: her father.

“‘I think you should do it,’” Wake­field, 21, of Rich­ton Park, said her father told her.

Wake­field is a nurs­ing stu­dent at Prairie State Col­lege. She’s also a cer­ti­fied reg­is­tered nurse as­sis­tant — and worked an overnight shift be­fore the au­di­tion.

Wake­field said she hoped her “sass” would get her a spot on the show.

“It could bring some ten­sion, but, I mean, that adds drama to the show. That’s my per­son­al­ity,” Wake­field said. “If peo­ple don’t like me, I re­ally don’t care.”

Hope Cran­ford moved to Chicago from Detroit to pur­sue a ca­reer in mu­sic. She dreams of mak­ing it big as a blues singer and song­writer.

“I’m no fil­ter,” said Cran­ford, 23. “I’m an open book. So take me as I am, or have noth­ing at all, like Mary J. Blige said.”

Cran­ford said she had a hum­ble up­bring­ing and hopes to send a good mes­sage about what it’s like to grow up in a bad neigh­bor­hood and make it.

“I’ve gone through a lot, so I re­ally want to just re­late to other peo­ple that have been through the same things,” she said. “I re­ally want to show them that you don’t have to par­tic­u­larly fol­low the line of what other peo­ple do. You can be dif­fer­ent and still come out of a bad en­vi­ron­ment and be a good per­son.”

Aaron Ben­nett, 21, of West En­gle­wood said he’d give peo­ple “some­thing to watch.”

“I’m one of those out­spo­ken peo­ple,” Ben­nett said. “I’m like the sweet­est per­son you’ll ever meet, but at the same time I def­i­nitely feel like, when it comes to TV, I would def­i­nitely give you some­thing to watch. I’m not go­ing to let a day go by with­out you laugh­ing about some­thing or cry­ing about some­thing. I feel like I’m built for en­ter­tain­ment.”

| TINA SFONDELES/SUN-TIMES PHO­TOS

Hope Cran­ford and Aaron Ben­nett au­di­tioned Satur­day for MTV’s “Real World.”

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