Relationship Expert Hashim Trends Locario

This is the seventh in a series of interviews with former reality show contestants, an idea inspired by my new reality show-themed mystery novel Sink or Swim, Where Reality TV Turns to Murder. For more information on Sink or Swim, and the interview schedule which features contestants from Survivor, Top Chef, Beauty and the Geek, Shark Tank, Bachelor Pad, Big Brother and I Love New York, please visit this link.

Today’s interview is with Hashim Trends Locario, an author and expert on relationships and dating who is no stranger to television. He has appeared on I Love New York on VH1, ABC’s Family’s Switched Up, You Rock Let’s Roll and The Weekly Riff on Fuse, The Tyra Banks Show, The Montel Williams Show, and he also used to host a show on The Dish Network called Live from Midtown.

1. If you could boil down your experience on the reality show I Love New York to one paragraph, what was your overall feeling about being on this show?
I was so excited when I found out I was going to be on that show. I knew that it was going to be big, but I didn’t realize how big it was going to be. Overall, I had a great time but I wished that I could have stayed on the show longer.

2. What was the premise of the show/season that you were on?
The show was 20 guys trying to get with this girl “New York” who was one of the contestants off of “Flavor of Love”. She tried to get with Flava Flav on that show, and since it didn’t work out, they gave her a show to try to find love.

3. What was it like to have cameras rolling all the time? How hard was it to get used to being in the public eye?
I was used to it. I’ve been on reality shows before this one and I’ve done films so I’m used to that type of atmosphere. The difference with this show was they would film almost 24 hours a day.

4. What was the best part about being on the show?
The best part about being on that show was when it actually aired on television. That was a crazy experience because everywhere I went, people recognized me.

5. What were your favorite challenges on the show? Least favorite?
I don’t think I had a favorite. There was a part of the show where we had to model in underwear for New York. I wasn’t really feeling that.

6. What advice would you give to someone who is considering applying for a reality show?
I would tell them to not hold back. If you hold back, you don’t make good TV and they will cut out a lot of your screen time. I would say be yourself, but bring out the part of yourself that is the most interesting.

7. You’re an expert on relationships and dating. How has appearing on reality shows helped your career?
I think it helped a little as far as promoting me and getting my name out there.

8. What have you been up to lately?
I’ve just been writing a lot and I’m coming out with a new book for men called How to Have Sex with 2 Women a Day. I also have a short movie coming out with the same title. I also have two other books out right now called The Magnificent 10 Crucial Dating Tips for Men and I have a book for women called It’s Your Fault You’re Single: Tips on Finding Mr. Right for women. I also started a web series called The Truth About Relationships. You can check all of this out on my website www.mrlocario.com

9. Where can fans find you online?
You can find me at www.mrlocario.com or my blog site and you can follow me on twitter @realmrlocario

My next interview is with Bachelor Pad winner Natalie Getz on June 20. Bookmark the full interview schedule, with clickable links to the interviews as they become available, here.

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