Any person that gets a call back on survivor what does that mean to them financially?
Lets see, first you have to take a day off work and travel to the local interview, sure SEG pays your flight if need be, and hotel, but they don't compensate for time missed from work. OK, so 1 day, no big deal.
Lets not forget to add in passport fees, photo fees, fedex fees for fedexing the 2nd and 3rd packets of application questions, cause if you get called back the original 20 page application seems like child play compared to the 50 page follow up application which if you fail to get it in on time, forget your chances.
Next you get the call that you made it to LA for the next series of interviews. Nothing wrong with an all expense trip to Lala land, right? Well, this time you have got to take 2 weeks off from work, many of the people trying out for survivor do not have the types of jobs that allow them all kinds of vacation time, and so they have to take unpaid leave if they want a shot at pursuing their dream. Not to mention the clothes, the child care, and any other expenses accrued while away for 2 straight weeks.
Then, for some, they don't tell you right in LA if you made it or not, they want the stable filled and ready to fly off to Micronesia, Gabon or wherever the secret location is and at a moments notice, so you have got to have game clothes approved and ready to go- this costs money, you have got to make arrangements to be away 45 days since there is travel to, the game, and post game fly home time involved. But you have already burned your vacation time, so if you do get selected to be on the show you face the possibility of time off without pay, or not coming home to a job.
OK, great, so it costs alot to follow your dreams and get on survivor, what if you do get selected? Great, you have a shot at a million dollars (less once deducting taxes). But what if you get voted out first, or in the first 6? You get 10 grand for your troubles, sound good? Subtract taxes. But, you also get a wonderful all expense paid vacation that you wouldn't normally have received, yep that part does sound good.
But now you get back to the states and people from all over think they know everything there is about you, they feel they have the right to judge you because you were on TV, they feel they can say anything to you without worrying about your feelings just because you are a survivor. You already feel bad enough for being voted out early, do you really need a putz who wouldn't lift a finger to apply for the show telling you how you should have made this or that move?
I won't go on and on but I could. The expense is not the original "gold" plated video tape, it is all the other things that you don't see or don't think about. Survivor will change an applicants life for better or for worse, whether they never get selected or make it on the show. At some point each person has got to make their own decision on whether or not it was all worth it.
I'm not sure who came first hosting games, you or Tribe, but you are both nefarious! - CTGirl