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Like most of the Autoblog staff, I've fostered a love for both automobiles and writing since I was young, and I consider myself tremendously fortunate to have made these passions my career. But had I had any sense of design whatsoever – a better sense of scale, proportion and perspective (hell, the ability to hold a pencil correctly) I would've been happy to spend my adult life designing car door handles and CHMSL housings for any two-bit automaker who would have me. In the end, it's probably better for all those involved that it didn't turn out that way, but there's no doubt that the world of automotive design is a fascinating, hyper-competitive sphere.

The world could use more general-interest TV shows that show the car business in a positive, exciting light.

Unsurprisingly, from what auto designers tell me, the road to becoming a professional in the field isn't a particularly easy process, nor is it always a clear one. In part that's because it's apparently very rare to have high school and college art teachers and guidance counselors encourage talented young people to get into the field. That's why I'm cautiously excited about Revved Up, a forthcoming reality television series from Bunim/Murray Productions, the team behind Project Runway, The Real World, and innumerable other reality television shows. According to JeanKnowsCars, Revved Up is looking to cast designers eager to impress a car company and get into the business full-time. Apparently the show is willing to consider designers of all experience levels and professional backgrounds, so if you're interested in being on the show, you can fill out an application on BMP Casting's website. It isn't immediately clear when the show will run, or on what network.

Of course, perhaps I shouldn't be so optimistic – as a genre, reality television competition shows (and reality TV in general) exist in a pretty vacuous landscape, and Revved Up could fall into that easy trainwreck "I'm not here to make friends" trope (Bunim/Murray does plenty of that, too). But in my estimation, the world could use more general-interest TV shows that show the car business in a positive, exciting light... hopefully Revved Up can put careers in the business on more people's radar, or at least increase the appreciation for a major part of what goes into the cars they park in their driveways.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      All I ever wanted to be was a kid, or young adult, was a car designer. Even though I won several art awards growing up, even though I had great grades, I was accepted to every college I applied to, Harvard, Trinity, and Vassar, for some reason my high school guidance counselor talked me out of going to the Art Center in LA for car design. Reason? t was too competitive. It was the biggest mistake of my life. I consider her advice tantamount to malpractice. I never backed down from a challenge or competition. I've gone on to win awards in design for newspapers, magazines, and books. I've never gotten over wanting to be a car designer, and now at 56 and in not the best of health, it is far too late. For anyone even thinking of becoming a car designer to chase their dreams, there is only one answer: DO IT. Don't listen to anyone else. Follow your heart. That said, I'm sure this show will be as unwatchable as every reality competition show, full of backstabbing, ridiculous competitions, and far too many unhinged personalities to care about.
        Nicholas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        That was a great post to read, thanks! I'm 28 and have also entered car design contests, when I was young, with consistant success. To this day it remains a hobby designing cars and various other modes of transportation. If only I could make it a profession. Perhaps I'll contact this show and just see what happens.
          artandcolour2010
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nicholas
          if it's your dream, Nicholas, do it! Don't have regrets later on. You may not make it, but you just may! Best of luck in your future endeavors!
          artandcolour2010
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nicholas
          oh, and if you're not familiar with my "name" check out my car blog of my Photoshopped cars, the closet I'll ever get to designing 'em in the first place. http://artandcolourcars.blogspot.com
          Michael Bernard Rahl
          @Nicholas
          Do IT!!!!!
          Michael Bernard Rahl
          @Nicholas
          Do IT!!!!!
          artandcolour2010
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nicholas
          oh, and check out my car blog sometime. I Photoshop cars the way I'd like to see them. It's the closest I'll ever get to designing 'em in the first place. http://artandcolourcars.blogspot.com
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        artandcolour2010, that was HORRIBLE advice your guidance counselor gave you. But what made you have to listen to her anyway? In any case, I feel for you. Car design has been my dream as well, and after working in other fields of design for a few years, I decided to take that plunge and now I'm living the dream. That said, I agree with your last paragraph. Just like every other reality competition show, they will edit the hell out of everything and manufacture some artificial conflict. There will be the villain, the crybaby, the jerk, etc... it's all fiction.
        americanjunglist
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        Hey, your blog is pretty sick!
      the.fog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can't wait! LOVE me some Project Runway!
      drewpy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not a fan of this type of show, but I'd give this one a go...if the designers are all self-important douches, it'll be good bye for me.
      DRAGON
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sweet!
      Adub
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be cool to do it off Industrial Design in general. Styling cars is awesome and would be fun to watch however there are many interesting hats one can wear in the overall career field of Industrial Design. Competition to solve X that is not always based on pretty pictures would be inspiring to watch design individuals solve. There is a romance to car design in the styling I get it but I think there would need to be a 50-50 split to balance judging. Balance in the form of feasibility business case aspects that reinforce beautiful styling. Solve real problems with beautiful results by pitting talented designers head to head is always a great idea. If done right good things could come from it.
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This has been my dream since I was a boy. However I too lack the very skills and talents you mentioned.
      Brandon
      • 1 Year Ago
      reality shows are the #1 way to make auto enthusiasts want to bash somebodies head in with a tire iron. (Most notably the production crew for said show.)
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      From the looks of they are all coping each other since most of the new cars look so much alike, should make for a short program!
      design eye
      • 1 Year Ago
      I too got bad advice from my guidance "expert" in high school, but found my way to Art Center College of Design anyway, after a couple years of university fine arts. I've worked as a car designer for 30 years, even leading a major European car company's design team for 6 years. I've always felt that the car design business would make a good situation comedy, because of it's secretive nature and the personalities involved. Ego, talent, conflict, competition, around the emotional attachment to rolling sculptures are are great recipe for TV drama, but I have absolutely NO interest in the "reality show" format. It's pure BS!
      danfred311
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a slightly interesting topic but the reality show treatment will make it much too trashy to be worthy of my attention.
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