SURVIVOR Super Fan

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


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Mirror, mirror on the wall…who’s your favorite Rob of all???

You can do a lot of research to prepare for Survivor, but many have said, ”you are who you are”. They even say you are an intensified version of yourself.  So going in, an advantage is to have some skills, some traits that are already you. You should go in recognizing skills that you already have, and attempt to bring them into your game play.  As a sales person, something that has always come naturally to me is: “Mirror & Match”. This is when you behave in a manner that helps listeners feel comfortable, and focus on the subject matter of the message without any distraction.  Think of it more like attempting to speak somebody’s native language, or observing local customs when visiting a foreign country.  Mirror and matching is extending a courtesy, by acting in a way that the listener wants you to act.

Five examples are listed below:

1: Physiology – Match their posture and physical mannerisms

2: Speech Rate – Speak at a similar speed and tempo

3: Volume – Speak as loudly, or as softly as them

4: Tonality & Pitch – Make your voice sound like their voice

5: Phrase backtracking – Restate their favorite words back to them

Now the above can be done by studying this concept before you hit the island, but it could come off as fake, or robotic.  But as a natural skill that I possess, I don’t think about it…it just happens.  The fun part is to imagine how I would do this with a slow talking Southerner, or someone from NYC.  I would not try to pull off all 5 with say… Fabio the surfer dude (winner of Survivor Nicaragua), but bits and pieces could go a long way.

It is a way to develop relationships by allowing the other person to have some source of comfort with you. On an island without your typical sources of comfort, people will take whatever little bit they can get. So employing this technique makes yourself someone that is easy to talk to, and most importantly… relatable.

 

 

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“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

The title of the post comes from J.K. Rowling, or should I say from Albus Dumbledore…This season, and recent seasons of Survivor, they continue to highlight choices.  Do I try to get an Immunity Idol during a challenge in front of everyone or  do I choose the puzzle with less pieces, but higher degree of difficulty.  The choices make for interesting events and variety in the game.  It highlights the differences in contestants and often creates tension and conflict.  It was tremendous television waiting to see if Kelley would make the choice and go for the idol at the immunity challenge. Just imagine Kelley got caught going for the idol!

So why do I dedicate a post to choices?  I think there are a myriad of choices made throughout the game and I think this is where the game can be won or lost..and I think I make good choices!  It is not that I think I always choose right and others choose wrong.  It is that I approach problems differently and don’t limit myself to the choices offered.  If offered A or B, I often identify C as a viable alternative.  Call it thinking outside the box, not caring if there is a box, or as I’ve been told – I simply don’t think the rules apply to me.  I tend to think of “rules” as “guidelines”.  I tend to step over the line in pursuit of options that meet my needs.

The title quote is known to millions of Harry Potter fans around the world.  Maybe after I play Survivor, the world will know my quote just as well…”You don’t know where the line is until you step over it and take a tiny step back.”

 


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Who the hell am I??? – Casting call day at the Big E!

What a great day!  I attended my 7th open casting call in my quest to get on Survivor.  Over the past five years, the lines are a little shorter (I was #96), but the idea is the same.  Hopeful people of all ages, shape and sizes trying to catch the attention of the good casting folks (shameless suck up acknowledged).  A few are veterans who have done this before.  Many are open casting call virgins, trying for the first time to get on the show.  Most make mistakes in their approach and do not have a good prepared approach.  Many botch their prepared statements.  A few put forth a good effort.  I had a blast meeting the CBS people running the event and many of the folk in line.  It is a shame if you attend a casting call and do not take the time to embrace the other Survivor geeks who are there.  Treat it as you would when you hit the beach the first day.  Approach people, early and often.  Don’t look for someone cute in line and fixate.  Mix it up and say hello to the kids, the old people, the guys, the girls, the quiet and the loud (i fall into three of those categories!).

My girlfriend joined me and got to not only see the experience for the first time, but she took a shot at it as well!  20150926_114107Funny story – She doesn’t care for Survivor (that part is not funny), but loves Amazing Race.  She had intended to do her 1 minute speech about her life experiences and what she brings to the game, and at the end say something like “so put me on Amazing Race and I will do great!”.  Unfortunately, she forgot that last portion…so guess she will only be considered for Survivor!

 

 

 

For my part, I hit things as well as I had hoped.  I delivered a well prepared speech.  I did not fumble any words or forget to include any details.  I felt comfortable as my speech pretty much writes itself.  It is very true to who I am.  Title of the speech was “Who the hell is Rob Folz???”  I detailed clearly how I am a successful salesman, a former family business owner, and a student of the game.  I explained how my life experience is applicable to the game of Survivor and how I think that would make me successful on the island.  Thanks to my patient & supportive girlfriend.  Also to my partner in this quest, my oldest daughter who lives and breathes this game as I do.

 

I caught up with my casting call friend Lauren that I have seen at 4 of my 7 casting call attempts.20150926_123058

I met every single person in line, even if only briefly.  I met some good young guys that show that the next generation is now applying for this show as I think my kid will in a couple more years when old enough.  So now I wait for that magic call.  I am prepared as I believe the phone call is the 2nd stage of the process.  I will take the call and be prepared with my excitement and enthusiasm which is easy for me when talking Survivor.  I will continue the blogging efforts as I prepare for My Time.

I will end with a few shoutouts – In addition to my girlfriend, daughter and casting friend, to the people I met in line…@pickmeforsurvivor, @dylanaustinturner, @atmosephere, @pennilaneclifton, the good people I met at WGGB.

 

 

 

 


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Liar, Liar, no more fire! – Tips and tricks to tell if someone is lying

Put 20 people from various backgrounds on an island competing for 1 million dollars almost guarantees 18 of them will be lying contently.  So aside from making fire from bamboo, I believe one of the next most important skills revolves around lying.

 

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(SurvivorSuperFan Rob as Pinocchio and his girlfriend as Jasmine – Halloween 2014)

Tips for detecting a lie are as follows:

1. Behavioral pause or delay – If you ask a question and notice a delay before they reply, they may be trying to lie to you.

2. Verbal/non-verbal disconnect – A verbal “no” while nodding up and down shows their answer is false.

3. Hiding the mouth or eyes – This is the one I see most often when watching Survivor.  A hand over the liars mouth, or covering their eyes…they are “hiding” the truth.

4. Throat-clearing or swallowing – If done before answering, this indicates they are likely fibbing bigtime!  Though if done after the statement, it may not mean anything.

5. Hand-to-face activity – Biting of the lip, tugging on their lips, fiddling with their ears, tucking hair behind their ears…..Lies!

6. Grooming gestures – Fiddling with their buff, clothes, jewelry, hair….don’t believe what they are telling you to keep your game going.

 

So, to be a successful liar, learn to control the above, but a few more tips are listed here:

1. Keep it short, plausible and to the point.

2. Be Calm and confident

3. Include half-truths in your lie when possible.

4. Maintain physical closeness throughout – hand on the shoulder.

5. If accused, admit to something else to throw off the interrogator

6. Practice envisioning the “reality” of your lie.  I call this the Costanza Rule….”It’s not a lie if your truly believe it!”

 

 


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Over the top things I have done to catch the attention of Lynne Spillman, Jeff Probst and Mark Burnett


This one is better with less said, and more shown:] but to answer a few questions that will probably pop into your head:

-Yes I really am this obsessed.

-Yes I really did do all these things as ridiculous as some of them are.

-And yes if I got a call from a casting director, I would do even crazier things in preparation.

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The Title of Sole Survivor!!! or 1 Million Dollars!!! What are my reasons for playing???

This a valid question.  Over the years, my answer has varied.  Going all the way back to my first attempt to be cast on The show, I was in it for the title of Sole Survivor.  I was very well off financially and did not need the money.  I boasted about how all I was interested in was the title of Sole Survivor.  My most recent audition video was last year, and I said I’m playing for the challenge, I’m playing for the adventure, and I’m playing for the money…  A lot has changed in the last five years, and after a divorce and bout with Lyme Disease, money is a bit scarce. With that said, I feel like as a true Survivor Superfan, I am driven by a love for the game.  I want the experience, and I will also play to win.  The money would be a nice addition, but I am also in a place in my life where it is not my driving force.  I simply want to play the game, enjoy every second of it, and play the game with everything I have.


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Shelter Hacks – Warm, Warmer, Warmest!

I generally run warm.  I have a little body fat, and a tenancy to sweat, not shiver.  With that said, I have never been left on an island where it could rain for days on end (although I hope to be in the future).  A few thoughts on warmth… the worst situations seem to be when it rains (and rains, and rains…).  I believe using the overlapping split bamboo method, a “waterproof” fire shelter is possible.

Bamboo Roof

 

 

 

 

The roof has to be high enough to avoid situations that have happened on previous seasons. One of these instances occurred in Survivor Amazon when Butch obsessively gathered firewood and stored it underneath the shelter. This meant that when the fire went awry it sparked the stored firewood in addition to the shelter and the whole thing went up in a blaze. The other instance occurred in Survivor Nicaragua when they put wooden chests containing most of their food around the fire in an effort to protect it from the rain. Needless to say wood surrounding a fire is not the best idea and they too lost items. This leads me to the idea that a SEPARATE shelter for firewood  makes sense for a wet season of Survivor as long as it is done safely and correctly.

A fire reflector can be added to reflect heat towards the opening of the shelter. Again, THE WOOD MUST BE FAR ENOUGH AWAY FROM THE FIRE!

Fire Reflector

 

 

 

 

Hot embers should also be babied, cared for, nurtured.  Protect them in sea shells off the ground and under cover.

Lastly, the idea of “hot rocks” should be explored.  You can heat dry rocks (not rocks from a creek, river, ocean, or other body of water as they can explode!).  Place the rocks near the fire and when they are nice and hot, they can be wrapped in cloth and snuggled with for many hours on end.  Piping hot rocks could also maybe be placed under the shelter, radiating heat up or in the center of the shelter (on another flat rock) as a heat source.

All these things take time and energy, but I believe these things would put my tribe  ahead in the game as I can make fire from bamboo easily now.  This removes a big time/energy concern allowing for some effort towards “luxuries”.