HGR 003 : One Survivor’s 11 Year Casting Journey – Part 1

by Dan Gheesling

I’m very excited to release this 3 part Podcast Series because it is going to help you tremendously!

In this Podcast you are going to get to hear the amazing 11 year casting story of  Troy “Troyzan” Robertson from Survivor One World.  It is truly a one in a million story that you have to hear for yourself to believe.


If you think you’ve had a rough go at trying to get on Reality TV, Troy’s story will inspire and motivate you to keep on applying.


Podcast Notes:

You can listen to the podcast right here on the website by clicking gray play button above or you can download it right from the link below to listen on your computer or iPod.

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All Podcasts are recorded in one take, no re-dos or anything.

The reason I am doing this is because I want to record a Podcast as if I was directly talking to you in a conversation.   Not a glossed over edited unrealistic conversation.  When edits come into play, the human element and error is lost.


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What Is In This Episode (Part 1 of 3):

  • Find out the RIDICULOUS number of times Troy applied for Survivor
  • Get an inside perspective on his earliest audition videos
  • Hear about his first experience in the Semi-Final stage of casting
  • Learn how Troy dealt with his first casting rejection

Links Mentioned in this Podcast Series:


What’s Next:

The next Podcast is part 2 of Troy’s casting story.  Learn how Troy navigated his first Finals process and what went wrong while he was there.


Thank You:

Thank you for listening to this Podcast.  Take a second a let me know what you think about it!  Share your thoughts on this episode on the Facebook page, I’d love to get your honest feedback!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob Flynne June 19, 2012 at 2:28 am

Hell yes !!! I have been waiting over a month for the next podcast :D I thought you were dead lol. This just made my day


Dan Gheesling June 19, 2012 at 5:06 am

Sorry Bob! I had another Podcast lined up but ran into some technical problems! Thanks for sticking around. :)


Sebastian C. June 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm

This is great!! Totally has me fired up to keep trying out for Survivor until I make it one day. Hey, what’s 11 years of your life, right? ;)


Dan Gheesling June 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Awesome, glad this inspired you Sebastian!


Shelly June 19, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Dan, this interview was awesome! I was a fan of Troyzan. He could almost serve as your co-author, with all the tips he hit on that coincide with not just your experience, but what you wrote in the book!

Thank for you sharing this! As usual, you never disappoint. Look forward to parts 2 & 3!


Dan Gheesling June 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thanks Shelly! Troy-zan is an easy person to interview, a great story-teller.


Steve June 22, 2012 at 3:37 am

I am sooo impressed with both Dan and Troy..very well thought out questions and very descriptive answers. It tells the story in such detail that I felt I was right there going through the process myself. I could feel every emotion that Troy felt…the heart ache, the highs and lows…it was like I was part of him. Dan…you remind me of my son.


Dan Gheesling June 22, 2012 at 11:46 am

Wow thanks for those kinds comments Steve. You’re right it is an emotional journey for those who take it very seriously like Troy (and myself). It’s much like any goal, if there is passion behind it, things become a lot more real. Thanks for listening, compliment (your son sounds like a good guy ;)) and support!


Kylie N'Kole September 13, 2012 at 1:48 am

Love these videos! I’m only 15 and I’m determined to get on Survivor or Big Brother when I’m old enough. These videos help a lot. I’ve been watching Survivor and Big Brother since I could remember! So thank you for making these, they could really help me out eventually.(:
-Kylie P.


Jamison Moore September 20, 2012 at 5:29 am

Hey Dan!! Congratz on getting second place on Big Brother! You deserved to win and are my favorite house guest of all time. You’ve inspired me to try for big brother when I am old enough!


david heguy September 23, 2012 at 2:22 am

I LOve you dan sorry you lost bb 14 i wish you did i was voting for you


Kiri October 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Loved it! You and Troyzan have a very natural, easy-going chemistry that made the interview a pleasure to listen to!


Micheal MacCharles November 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Hey Dan, a huge fan of the show and can’t wait till BBC begins but i am only 14 and have to wait till i am 19 to be on the show so do you have any tip on how i can perpare my game play for BBC? and by the way you are the best player in BIG BROTHER yes even in front of Docter Will Kerby and Mike “boogie” Malin


Dan Gheesling January 21, 2013 at 7:30 am

Yes, keep your cool at all times if you want a chance at winning. ;)


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