#RealityTV Recap: Beauty and the Geek Winner David Olsen #Books4RealityTVFans

Books for Reality TV Fans
Are you a bookworm who enjoys reality TV or the entertainment industry? Then hurry over and add these bargain books to your summer reading list as each novel has a plot thread relating to reality TV or television in general. To celebrate the launch of this list, I hope you’ll enjoy the “reruns” I am showcasing of my June 2011 interviews with former contestants from the reality TV shows Survivor, Top Chef, Beauty and the Geek, Shark Tank, Bachelor Pad, I Love New York and Big Brother.

Here is an excerpt of my interview with David Olsen, who won the fourth season of Beauty and the Geek with his partner Jasmine.

What was it like to have cameras rolling all the time? How hard was it to get used to being in the public eye?

It’s like ordinary life. People in the 21st century are on camera all the time, especially in urban environments; they just might not realize it. The big difference was that the cameras were a little more obvious. That said, my attitude did change over time. Near the beginning, I was a little more circumspect about what I said, deeply aware how my words could serve as the source of deep embarrassment and was sometimes relieved when the cameras left me alone. Over the course of the show, I felt more pressure to be entertaining and say witty things so I could be seen more. To be clear, this was self-induced pressure and not external from the producers. But if a camera crew was filming a conversation and suddenly walked away, I would be insulted that I wasn’t “interesting” enough for them to pay attention to me.

Read the full interview with David from June 2011.

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