Q) What was it like hearing the words "You're fired?" A) Hearing the words "you're fired" was piercing, and I was shocked. I could not believe Mr. Trump fired me over Liza, the woman with zero business and social abilities!
Q) Did you agree with Trump's rationale for your firing? Or did you think one of the other contestants deserved it more? A) Liza coasted through this entire competition, conveniently riding everyone else's coattails. I was shocked to be fired over Liza, especially given the fact that I carried the entire task when it was only Liza remaining on my team. She completely checked out of the task and took no responsibility and added no value. Liza had Mr. Trump fooled this entire competition with her boardroom lying and her only talent: golf! I thought it was pretty ridiculous that I was fired over someone believed to be much less competent than myself. Favoritism at it's finest.
Q) What moment or moments on the show were surprising to you? A) The most surprising moment of the show was when Liza asked for a can opener to open a gallon of paint. I could not believe a woman of our age lacked such street smarts and basic everyday knowledge. Had she ever done manual labor in her life? I am a believer in experiencing all aspects of life in order to use those experiences to garner success in social and business endeavors. Having lived on my own since I was 16, I have painted every home I have ever lived in.
Q) Do you feel as though you've made any lasting friendships and business relationships from the show? With who? A) I feel as though I made lasting relationships, both personal and business-related, primarily with Brandy, Anand, Poppy, Alex, Gene and David. Getting to know each other on the show was a pleasure, and we've gotten to know each other even more since the conclusion of show taping. I consider Brandy especially to be a good friend. We have a camaraderie having lived this experience together and wear it as a badge of honor.
Q) What was the best part of your experience? Why? A) The best part of this experience was the personal sense of accomplishment and re-evaluation of what I want to spend the rest of my life doing. I was caught up in the corporate rat race for many years and got too comfortable. I have realized that I have extraordinary social, communication and entrepreneurial skills and need to maximize my talents. I have decided to pursue my dreams and follow my passion for television and media. I need to make an impactful contribution to the world and help others by sharing my refreshing and inspirational opinions.
Q) What have you been doing since being on the show? A) Since the show, I have been working on pursuing my dreams to work in media, while maintaining my career in the banking industry. I also have continued to service my nonprofit as the President and Founder of Child Cause/Fear to Fire nonprofit, educating teens and their caregivers about living productive lives free of substance abuse. We provide teens with a drug-free peer network inspired through the arts and sports.
Q) Has the experience changed you? Do you approach decisions differently now? A) This experience has reminded me never to compromise and always stay true to myself. No matter how badly one wants to win, staying true to oneself can be the ultimate reward. I have also been reminded not to worry about what others think and to stay focused on my goals. This experience has reaffirmed my confidence and self-worth. I have strong opinions, abilities, skills and talents, and I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, which includes competing on The Apprentice!
Q) What has the experience taught you about people? A) This experience has taught me to always watch your back and be aware of your surroundings. You are the company you keep. I experienced firsthand that people will gladly step on you to get ahead, so always make sure you are one step ahead of everyone else. Stay focused, driven and hungry!