Carmel gets the boot

2011-03-25 16:26

Carmel Fisher is the latest Survivor to be cut from the reality show. Here she talks about her experiences.

How do you feel about being voted out of the game?

When I had just walked out of tribal council, I was very upset and hurt.

I wasn’t ready to leave. I felt a mixture of sadness, disappointment and shock.

I couldn’t believe that I was just voted off.

Did you expect it?

Not at all. I was completely blindsided. It was definitely because I was too strong.

I showed great physical endurance and not much (if any) mental and emotional vulnerability. I also didn’t have the black cowry which can be a blessing or, in my case, a curse.

What made you decide to take part in the show?
M-Net and Endemol called me to see if I’d be interested in participating and, without thinking, I said yes.

They wanted me to come through for some panel meetings and interviews but I was already booked for a one-month trip to the States, so I missed the selection period.

I figured that was that, I wouldn’t be doing Survivor after all. However, when I returned from the States I received another call from Endemol stating that it was fine to still be part of the process.

Did it live up to your expectations?

I really didn’t know what to expect.

I was both surprised and disappointed by how the game was orchestrated. I really thought they would feed us more.

I thought wrongly. The game is a lot harder than it looks and I admire all the contestants for just being brave enough to participate.

It is not for the faint-hearted.

What surprised you about the show?

I was most surprised by how professionally the crew and technical team handled their jobs.

I was hoping to bribe some of them for food but that idea was soon discarded.

I was also very surprised by the toughness of the challenges and my own animal instincts. I ate rat, for crying out loud.

How much does strategy play a part of the game?

Having watched the episodes up until now, I can see that strategy was a part of the game from the word go.

I certainly had a plan from the start but it involved being a strong team-player in the beginning and then a ferocious individual competitor throughout the merge.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get that far. My exit episode was definitely where things became very transparent within the tribe.

It showed that it was definitely still Plebs vs Celebs and that Two-faced Tejan was the main instigator.

The mental game was by far the most taxing for me ... the physical challenges were fine because, as much as they were tough, you did them and then got to rest afterwards.

Mentally, the game never let up. You constantly had to watch what you said and did whilst simultaneously keeping tabs on everyone else! It’s not in my nature to be conniving so it took a lot out of me to remember not to wear my heart on my sleeve!

What would you do differently?

The only thing I would do differently is expose more of my vulnerability to show the contestants my softer side and not come acrossas so threatening.

And I would have not been so trusting of those pleb puppets and their snake leader, Tejan, who seems to hold the strings.

Other than that, I played the game to the best of my ability and I can honestly say I gave it my best shot. Because of that, I’m now at peace with the outcome.

What’s next for you?

I am excited to see what opportunities come from this experience and I am keen to get some leading film and television roles.

I am also looking into radio and will continue being an MC, motivational speaker and run my charity.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

I have learnt that I am stronger and more patient than I think, that I can rough it and that I can definitely be or do anything I put my mind to.

I loved the experience because it’s just another one I can refer to when I need to draw on personal experience for my acting.
Would you do it again?


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