The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are probably the best known cheerleading squad in the world despite the fact that they only cheer for their football team. Those women who make it through the grueling audition process and become a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader are in the eyes of many observers the 'gold standard' of cheerleaders, similar to the Bentley of cars. The reality television show that follows the efforts of the applicants as they go through the selection process has become a top rated show and the cheerleaders are rumoured to bring in revenue from their promotional activities of approximately $1 million per year to the team but yet they are paid a very small wage so why would a rational, incredibly beautiful and fit woman take part in the process?
The answer is exposure and because the name opens doors in the entertainment word. The Dallas Cowboy football team have been the team which receives the most television exposure and this can lead to potential modelling, commerical or even acting opportunities for the cheerleaders who receive ample attention on the sideine. For example, some of the recent Dallas Cowboy cheerleader alumni who have moved to become successful actresses include Sarah Shahi of "Person of Interest" fame and Jill Marie Jones, who starred in the popular television show "Girlfriends" and in the movie "Longshots".
When a person can put the job title of Dallas Cowboy cheerleader on their resume and they are looking for a job in the film industry that name opens doors because there are no questions about whether the individual is competitive or in shape or has the ability to be on set for 4 to 8 hours per day. Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders rehearse 8 hours a day and if you do not meet weight you do not get to dance for the team, no exceptions.
If you are an actress and you want to find a different way to get your foot in the entertainment door you might just consider becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Just ask Sarah Shahi and Jill Marie Jones.