David Brown of Edmond, last season’s runner-up on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”, encourages Oklahomans to audition for the weight-loss show that he says changed his life completely.
The television show once again will hold auditions in Oklahoma City, seeking contestants for season 16. The casting call will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Planet Fitness, 9118 S Western Ave.
“I would definitely encourage people to get out there and do it,” Brown said. “It’s a decision point for the person. It was for me.”
Brown and Oklahoma City twin police officers Don and Dan Evans, who were also on the show, will be at the auditions.
Whether or not contestants are cast for the show, just taking that first step is an important part of making changes in your life, Brown said.
“I think people, if they’ll take that moment of bravery to get out there, share their story with strangers, meet a few people while they wait in line, they can take that as a starting point and do something positive with the rest of their lives,” Brown said.
One lucky hopeful in each of the seven audition cities will be selected for a one-week stay at The Biggest Loser Resort. Auditions will be held in Los Angeles, Boston, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Oklahoma City and Salt Lake City.
What are producers looking for in potential contestants?
“The perfect contestant should not only be 100-plus pounds overweight, but should also be competitive, charismatic and ready to transform their lives,” said Randy Bernstein, the show’s casting director. “We want those who have the burning desire to change and are tired of living an unhealthy lifestyle.”
Oklahomans make great contestants, Bernstein said, because Oklahomans are “fighters.”
“Just like Oklahoma sports teams, our contestants from the state are driven, want to win and work hard everyday to get better and reach their personal goals,” he said.
Brown said he thinks just the audition process can bring hope to people who are obese and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.
“I was desperate for a little hope myself, knowing that I wanted to be healthy, I wanted to make those changes, but somehow, I needed to take a step, get off the couch, take a step in the right direction and literally have destiny meet me halfway,” Brown said.
After dropping 222 pounds on the show, going from 409 to 187, Brown said his life is entirely different and he hopes, if destiny will have it, to devote the rest of his life to helping others achieve health and happiness.
“I think we’re all destined to be happy and healthy and for the most part, we sabotage ourselves with our disbelief in our own abilities, not thinking we’re worth it or putting others in front of ourselves, which is what I had done for a lot of years,” Brown said.
Now he says he’s a better man: as a husband, a father, a friend and in every other way. He’s working on a book about his “journey of a million steps” and hopes to inspire as many people as possible through public speaking engagements to take their health seriously.
“What I’ve learned is that, man, health is vital,” Brown said. “Not just outward physical health, but what that means for your life mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually and in every other way is just freeing.”
If you go
Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States. For those who are unable to attend a casting call, information on how to apply to the show and submit a videotape is available on www.nbc.com/casting#bl16 and www.thebiggestlosercasting.com.