Canberra's reality stars tell it like it really is As Canberra teenager Lucy Sugerman starts her reality TV journey, hoping to win The Voice, we caught up with other local veterans of the genre, finding out what they have been up to and what it was really like exposing their oakley titanium lives on national television.
The photogenic crew we gathered for our cover shotwere mostlypositive about their reality TV experience. For some it had beeneventransformative. Others we spoke to said the shows were "formulaic to a fault", thrived on drama and portrayed anything but reality. "I received thousands of messages from parents who are dealing with their own children coming out and have asked for advice and how to handle the situation. "My biggest advice to parents dealing with a child struggling with their own sexuality is be supportive, be accepting and be proud of your child no matter who they choose to love." "They offer an intoxicating whiff of fame and once you're eliminated, you are brushed out like dead leaves.'' Musician Owen Campbell on reality TV shows. He appeared on Australia's Got Talent in 2012. Roses is now quite happily concentrating on his career with Luton Properties Gungahlin. "Obviously, when you leave [the show], itis quite a whirlwind, but I quickly got back into work and am loving it," he said. Blues musician Owen Campbell appeared on Australia's Got Talent in 2012 and is ultimately grateful for the boost the exposure gave his music. His album Sunshine Road hit No.1 on the charts during the show and has still not left the iTunes blues charts in Australia. But Campbell still appeared to be a strange fit for reality TV, even though he proved wildly popular and almost made the grand final save for some dubious judging. Since appearing on the show, he's released two albums; toured Europe, Asia and the United States and become a father ("that kind of beats anything I've ever done, hands down"). Yet, he wouldn't recommend anyone go on a reality TV show, saying they don't fostertalent, despite their promises. "They offer an intoxicatingwhiffof fame and once you're eliminated, you are brushed out like dead leaves," Campbell said. "They are formulaic to a fault and in the revolving door of endless contestants and finalists you're quickly forgotten by the public. "The only reason I went on AGT was that I could play my own music. "And oakley shop despite constant pressure by the producer to play such hits as I Got 99 Problems but the Bch Ain'tOne, I stuck to my guns, played my own music and thankfully people liked it." Canberra mother and daughter team Gina and AnnaPetridis were the first team eliminated from My Kitchen Rules in 2015. But they had the last laugh, later that year launching the phenomenon that is the Freakshake at their Manuka cafePatissez and opening a second outlet in Civic. There were also plans to franchise the Freakshakeconcept into Asia. At time of their elimination, the pair unleashed on the reality TV format, saying the producers of the show interfered with the cooking process and ran them ragged, to the point of exhaustion. "They made me looking like oakley discount sunglasses a raging bitch from hell. That's not me," Anna told City News in 2015. Queanbeyan public servant Rishi Desai appeared on MasterChef in 2013, finishing fourth. He has no regrets about being part of the show, saying it expanded his skills and allowed him to cook for a week with his idol, HestonBlumenthal. Since the show ended he has released a cookbook, filmed a TV show in India and started a Youtube channel, Everyday Indian with Rishi. He is still in the public service but does food demonstrations and po up restaurants. He has a passion for fitness and since MasterChef, his "food philosophy has evolved and I now ensure that I eat fresh, organic and direct source food from farmers". He thinks the reality TV format is worthwhile but has its pitfalls for anyone contemplating it. "The only message I would give them is 'be yourself' and don't get pressured into someone you are not," he said. "One has to understand that a reality TV show thrives on drama so they will look for opportunities where oakley outlet online shop they can create and capture that drama. However in such a dramatic situation, you don't want the producers to portray you as someone you are not. So beyourself." Insurance broker Ali King came oh so close to becoming Canberra's first winner on a reality show when she was pipped at the post in the grand final on Zumbo's Just Desserts last year. She said the days were long and the pressure constant but her time on the show was a once in a lifetime opportunity. "I loved my time on the show and would do it all over again if I could," she said.
After workingin insurance since she left school, Ali, post show,had the confidence to set up her own cateringbusiness:Ali King Desserts, Cakes, Events. "I like to think there is something positive in every situation and whilst the show certainly pushed me to my limits, I learnt a lot about myself and it helped me understand my anxieties. It has also opened up wonderful opportunities which I may have not been able to do otherwise," she said.
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