Skaneateles Since Thursday, Aug. 11, Raven DiSalvo-Hess has been constantly online looking at herself, and telling everyone she knows to do the same.
It’s not ego, but a constant tracking — and voting — for an online contest to win a walk-on role in the Emmy-award winning AMC television show “Mad Men.”
“This is the most stressful thing I think I have ever done,” said DiSalvo-Hess, a Skaneateles native and self-styled ‘jill-of-all-trades’ who currently works part-time at Paris Flea on Jordan Street. “It’s just so out of my hands.”
But she has reason to be nervous: she’s currently ranked 10th in public popularity out of more than 5,000 entries. And if she remains in the top 20, she will make the semi-finals and get a chance to go to Los Angeles to be on TV.
The Banana Republic Mad Men Casting Call Contest invites fans of the show to submit a photo of themselves “showing their best Mad Men and Mad Women style.”
“Mad Men,” a drama set in 1960s New York, follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. The show has won three consecutive Golden Globe awards and back-to-back Emmy awards for outstanding drama series.
Photos entered in the casting call contest are posted on the “Mad Men” website and voted on by the general public until Sept. 9. The top ten male and the top ten female submissions as determined by popular votes will become semi-finalists.
Matthew Weiner, the creator and executive producer of the show, will choose the grand prize winner from among the twenty semi-finalist submissions based on whether the photo reflects the “Mad Men” style (60 percent) and originality (40 percent). Two runners-up will be selected from the remaining nineteen semi-finalists based on the same criteria.