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Among today’s prospects is Gina Scarda, a 40-ish mom and former New York City cop. She’s already appeared on Discovery Health’s “Fit Family” and Bravo’s “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.” But now she wants to shoot for a higher-rated show – maybe “The Amazing Race” or “Last Comic Standing.”

“Any kind of show like this ... kind of kick-starts you,” says Ms. Scarda, who also performs with a comedy troupe. “Once you’re on it, people know who you are.... It would open up tremendous doors.”

Also in the room are April Brucker, a ventriloquist who has lugged her blond puppet, May, to class with her in a suitcase, and Loydeen Pulsifer, a high-fashion model looking to fulfill her childhood dream of making it on a soap opera. There’s also Charlotte Ghiorse, a mother of three and an astrologer with her own YouTube show; Lauren Schroeder, an opera singer; and Sergio Feliciano, a full-time student from New Jersey who’s taken the class once before.

Dermatologists, bus drivers, street sweepers, firefighters, and hedge-fund managers are all among those who have attended. They’re counting on Mr. Galinsky to help unleash their inner reality-show superstar in three hours.

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