Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Real Life Reality Stars: Steph Mignon

As some of you may have guessed, I like reality TV a lot. :-) To celebrate the upcoming release of Sweet Reality, I'm going to be posting interviews from current and former reality TV stars over the next few weeks. To start, I've got someone who is part of both my writing world and reality TV: my lovely Pitchwars mentee from last year, Steph Mignon. To be honest, when she mentioned in the ramp up to PitchWars that she had been on a reality show, I googled it. I was hoping to love her story before I even got the entry in my inbox. We're a great team. 

Name: Steph Mignon (Featured as Steph Hickey) 
Reality Show: Mantracker
Season: Season 3, Episode 11
Air Dates: 2010

This is not Steph.

**Mantracker is a Canadian reality show where tracking expert Terry Grant pursues two people through the American or Canadian wilderness. The show aired from 2006 - 2012. I admit, I'd never heard of it before meeting Steph, but I enjoyed the episode I watched.**

How did you Place? (If applicable)
We didn’t not get caught if that’s what you’re asking.

What made you decide to audition for a reality show?
I am always game for an adventure so when I found out this show involved running from two men on horseback in the Big Bear wilderness, I was in. Luckily, my friend and roommate Kristy is always down for anything and she quickly agreed to be my partner in crime.

What was your favorite on-screen moment?
Attempting to steal the Mantracker’s horse was definitely an intense moment for me. I will never forget that adrenaline rush. And I was so close! I literally had the horse’s reigns in my hand and was seconds away from hoping on when I felt a rope around my arms. Even though we didn’t win, getting that close to stealing the Mantracker and his sidekick’s transportation was very satisfying.

What was your favorite behind the scenes moment?
After we were caught we had a few days left to do interviews, as did the Mantracker and his sidekick. I finally got to ride one of the horses then which wasn’t quite as exciting as it would have been without permission but still cool. I’ll always be a horse girl at heart.

Steph and her partner, Kristy
Who is your biggest reality TV crush (any show)?
Flava Flav for sure.

How would you say the show affected your personal life?
Even though we only filmed for a week, it was super exciting and a great break from everyday life. Coming back to my office job was a major let down. I was definitely craving excitement after Mantracker! Then there was some unresolved tension with Kristy. If you watch our episode you’ll see we bickered quite a bit. Thankfully, our friendship is strong and we were back to normal in a few days.

Overall, how would you rate your experience?
Totally awesome.

Would you do another reality show? Why or why not?
Absolutely. You only live once. Plus as Laura proves Reality Television is great writing material.

If you could do any reality show you wanted, which one would it be and why?

Probably The Amazing Race. I’m a good problem solver in stressful situations. Plus I love traveling. Maybe someday when my kids are older I’ll apply if the show is still on.

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