The reality-TV industry at the turn of the century was a bit like being on the Island of Misfit Toys. There were a ton of other folks like me who’d hoped to be elsewhere and were often still trying to get there. We had no clue how long the reality-TV craze would last, or how substantially it could support us in the meantime. I certainly wouldn’t have believed I’d still be working in the genre by 2015, or that in the intervening years, it would bring me to truck yards in the Arctic, cliffside roads in Bolivia, and rose ceremonies in Encino.

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