‘Below Deck’ Is Already Looking for Season 8 Cast Members

Although Below Deck season seven is only getting started, the franchise is looking forward to season eight.

Casting agents are searching for new crew members to fill all positions and put out a call for experienced yachties to apply. “Know someone who needs to be on the upcoming season of @belowdeckbravo?! Now casting ALL positions of experienced yachties for Season 8!! Tag your favorite crew below, or email your CV + a bit about yourself to dianawallacecasting@gmail.com!” according to the casting call from Diana Wallace Casting.

Connie Arias, David Bradberry, Kate Chastain, Eddie Lucas
Connie Arias, David Bradberry, Kate Chastain, Eddie Lucas |Paul Drinkwater/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The destination and specific yacht have yet to be named. Plus, filming dates are not available either. But the agency does have some hints and tips for those who want to be considered for a reality show.

Don’t expect a quick turnaround time

A number of potential cast members excitedly responded to the post. While enthusiasm is high, former third stew/chef Anastasia Surmava from Below Deck Med says the process can take months.

“I went through rounds of interviews, like going up the ranks of producers and directors,” she said on Out in the Wild podcast. “This was all over Skype.” She adds,” There would be months where I wouldn’t hear from them. And I would be like, ‘Oh I guess I didn’t get it.’ And then I’d get an email all of a sudden like, ‘Hey can you do an interview in like two days?’”

Tyler Rowland from Below Deck said his casting timespan lasted years. “It was pretty interesting. A couple of years before, someone reached out to me and they flew me down to the Caribean season,” he told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “I believe it was like season three? When I got down there, they had a couple of people to choose from for whatever storyline they were trying to get. So they didn’t want me. So they flew me back and I totally forgot about it.” 

But then suddenly the show needed him for season six in Tahiti.  “I was traveling and surfing and then going out to Mississippi to start my fire fighting job and they asked me if I was available and I said yes,” he says. “They said, ‘Oh can you be in Tahiti in two days?’ I was like …’ Sure!’ So it was super last minute and very random.”

What can you do to catch the casting agent’s eye?

Diana Wallace Casting has some tips that will help prospective hopefuls be considered for a reality show. One of the biggest recommendations is that prospective cast members should be themselves during the audition process. Tell the casting agent what makes you authentic.

According to Diana Wallace Casting, “Let your freak flag fly.” But definitely don’t say you just want to be on T.V. That’s not going to help. Also, applying several times won’t elevate your application so just apply once. Plus, you should plan to do a lot of waiting for calls and follow up calls. “There’s no need to constantly check in, we promise we love you,” Diana Wallace Casting shared.

Ultimately, applicants will learn if they will be on the show. Sometimes the process takes months. Surmava said it took about seven months before she learned she would be on Below Deck Med. Or, the stars may not align at the time but your application could stay on a casting agent’s radar, like with Rowland.