It’s widespread for Survivor castaways to say they had been followers of the show earlier than showing on it themselves. But once in a while, the producers discover contestants who haven’t any prior data of the fact TV competitors and by no means thought of making use of. That was the case for New York native Joaquin Souberbielle. He competed on Survivor: Worlds Apart, which aired in 2015.
The Casting Department Found Joaquin Souberbielle on Tinder & Asked Him to Come on the Show
Souberbielle ended up on Survivor as a result of he had signed up for Tinder. He acquired an sudden message via the relationship app throughout a visit to Los Angeles in 2014, as he defined to the LI Herald. “I used to be on trip with some family and friends… And I received a message on Tinder from a producer on the show asking me to be on Survivor.”
Souberbielle had not been conversant in the fact competitors earlier than listening to from the producer. “I by no means watched the show and had no thought what I used to be getting myself into,” he instructed Entertainment Weekly
He beforehand defined to LI Herald that at the moment in his life, he did not watch a lot tv. “Between attempting to stability work, a social life, staying in form, and once I did it was just about all ESPN on a regular basis.”
Souberbielle was in his mid-20s on the time. As famous on his CBS bio, he was working as a advertising director on Long Island, New York when the chance to compete on Survivor got here his method.
Souberbielle Initially Rejected the Offer Multiple Times Before His Cousin Persuaded Him to Reconsider
Souberbielle initially rejected the producer’s supply. The casting division needed him to do an in-person interview whereas he was nonetheless in Los Angeles however Souberbielle stated he wasn’t . “Reality tv was by no means actually my factor,” he instructed the LI Herald.
Instead, Souberbielle continued on his trip, which included three days in Las Vegas. He stated he fielded a number of calls from Survivor producers who hoped to vary his thoughts. But it was in the end one in all his cousins who persuaded him to rethink.
“I had a dialog with my cousin late one night time, and he satisfied me. He instructed me it was one thing I could not go up,” Souberbielle instructed the LI Herald. “Millions of individuals have utilized to be on the show, however they only picked me. He stated it appeared like future, and I could not disagree with him.”
Souberbielle went again to Los Angeles to do the interview and meet with producers. They shortly provided him a spot on the show and he accepted.
On his season of Survivor, producers divided the contestants into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar. Souberbielle was placed on the White Collar tribe. Before the competitors began, Souberbielle promised to show the viewers one thing completely different. He included on his CBS bio, “I’m not like all prior contestants. It’s the primary time you may ever see anybody like me. I promise you’ll take pleasure in this.”
Souberbielle Says He’s ‘Grateful’ for His Experience on ‘Survivor’
Souberbielle did comparatively properly on Survivor contemplating he had by no means seen the show earlier than. He made it till Day 16. His tribe voted him out after he fashioned a bond with fellow contestant Rodney Lavoie.
As Souberbielle defined to People in 2015, the tribe detected a powerful alliance forming and voted him out to interrupt it up. “Everyone noticed that we had been the actual deal, that we trusted one another and had been tight. They needed to do away with one in all us, and so they selected me, which sucks.”
Souberbielle spoke positively about his expertise on the show. He instructed People it was “among the best experiences of my life. I took an opportunity to do one thing, and it was superior!”
Six years later, Souberbielle’s fondness for Survivor has not abated. He instructed Entertainment Weekly he was pleased with the expertise and defined how he grew from it.
“Honestly, my proudest second was going via the entire expertise and never as soon as giving up, no matter what was thrown my method,” Souberbielle stated. “The show strips you of every part that makes you human and pushes your physique far past the breaking level. I realized that while you assume you have had sufficient, mentally or bodily, there’s nonetheless a lot additional you possibly can push your self. I’ve taken this mentality and carried out it into every part that I do in life. For that, I’m without end grateful for the expertise.”