SURVIVOR Super Fan

A blog to document my passion and ongoing efforts to be cast on Survivor


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Shelter Hacks – Superior Waterproof Roofs!

A quick, easy (and logical) roof solution that I do not recall seeing done on previous seasons of Survivor. Simply split the bamboo lengthwise, remove the interior notches, and overlap the pieces creating a superior roof! Seems fairly simple and it looks like it would provide pretty good shelter from the rain.

 

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Self-awareness Survey Results Part 1

Below you will find the results of a self awareness survey I sent to family & friends, along with my own answers. The goal here is to test my self awareness – how do I think I am perceived, compared to how others actually perceive me- glad I have a fairly thick skin! Overall, I believe the survey results are consistent with my feelings, showing that I am fairly self-aware.


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Self-awareness Survey Results Part 2

Word Cloud

The survey I sent to friends and family, included a section for the respondents to list five words that they would use to describe me. The top words are as follows:

Funny – 8 people
Loud – 6 people
Loyal – 5 people
Sarcastic – 5 people
Confident – 4 people
Outgoing – 4 people

The five words I listed for myself:
Ass
Competitive
Sarcastic
Funny
Entertaining

Below is the complete list of submitted words:
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Open Casting Calls

One way of being cast for Survivor is to attend one, (or many in my case) open casting calls. These events are typically run by local CBS affiliates, and in the early years they would draw many thousands of hopefuls. Camping overnight to be at the front of the line was commonplace. Nowadays the crowds are smaller, and there are around 250-500 folks, many of them being serial applicants like recent Survivor Dan Foley, who applied over 100 times! Here is a photo of him a few spots in front of me at a 2013 casting call in Massachusetts.

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My first casting call was in October of 2010. As an anniversary gift, I received a ticket to fly from New Hampshire, to Dallas Texas, for an open casting call at a car dealership. I prepared, read all I could find online, and had a 2 minute speech rehearsed. After waiting six hours for my turn, my group was told that we would have thirty seconds to give our pitch to the cameras! After listening to the people in line around me talking for six hours all about their extensive outdoor survival skills, I simply decided to take the opposite approach. The camera started and I rattled off all of the things I couldn’t do at the time… I don’t camp, I can’t make a fire, I’ve never built a shelter, I can’t fish, I’ve never been away from my kids, I’m a germaphobe, etc. Six months later I got a call. Shocked, unprepared, and sick at the time with Lyme Disease, I blew the call (it’s really a 2nd audition). Less than 2 minutes later, it was over. It took me quite a while to get healthy and redouble my attempts and efforts to get cast (that would be a story for another post).

Since that first time, I have attended 5 additional open casting calls, from Miami, to Pennsylvania, to Massachusetts. I have submitted 4 audition videos, going back to the Sear’s Fan Favorite contest. The most recent being a video submitted to be considered for Blood vs. Water. Below is a link to the casting page listing upcoming casting calls:
http://www.cbssurvivorcasting.com/Survivor-Open-Casting-Calls

I have met some great people at the casting events, I would say that the best way to describe it, is that it’s like Day 1 on the island. You meet people from all walks of life, age groups, demographics…and you get to practice reading people, as well as other social aspects of the game.

Springfield Audition Tribe

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Survivor Casting Call Miami

I will continue to hit casting calls within driving distance, and attend others as the location and time allows. My hope would be that this blog catches the attention of Lynne Spillman and the casting folks…Call me! I am prepared this time!


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Self Awareness – Who is Rob?

Self Awareness. This is the one thing every great player has, according to Jeff Probst. Self awareness is huge in this game. The game is quite simply, one large social experiment, you don’t have a chance to strategize, if you ostracize yourself from your tribe within minutes of hitting the beach. Take Francesca for example, only person in the history of Survivor to be voted out first, twice! If she had even an ounce of self awareness she would have known the second time around to just keep her mouth shut for the first three days. She was perceived as an aggressive threat in this game because of how strong she came on. Below is my little self awareness experiment to see if I am self aware or I lack those skills like Francesca did. I will start with a list of words that I feel accurately describe myself. The list is a combined effort between me and my daughter. We will then email a survey to friends and family asking for 5 words that THEY feel describe me. Self awareness is a vital key to Survivor success.

Self Awareness

My List:
Adaptable
Adventurous
Ambitious
Andophidiophobe
Athletic
Bald
Blunt
Caring
Caucasian
Celiac
Competitive
Eye roller
Facially expressive
Flexible loyalties…
Galeophobe
Germaphobe
Great at puzzles
Horrible memory
Hottie
Humorous
Line crosser
Mesomorph
Photogenic
Protective
Persuasive
Sarcastic, sarcastic, sarcastic
White collar
Young at heart

Daughter’s List:
Amicable
Asshole
Atheist
Aware
Bowler
Colorful
Coordinated
Daredevil
Divorced
Enviable
Father
Former-foodie
Funny
Hangry
Immature
Innovative
Insightful
Leader
Libero
Loud
Motivated
Obnoxious
Obsessive
Paranoid
Purposeful
Quick
Reader
Republican
Ruthless
Social
Stingy
Strategic
Stubborn
Supportive
Survivor
Thinker
Thrifty
Tired
Violinist

Click here to see survey results!