In 2011, Connextions Magazine had a chance to meet and interview Team Fab 3 of ABC's new series "Expedition Impossible,” created by producer, director, screenwriter and creator of various television shows like: Survivor, The Apprentice, The Voice, The Sing Off, Shark Tank, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, the People's Choice Awards, among others, Mark Burnett, who has over 2,900 hours of television created and 112 Emmy nominations as of 2014.
“Expedition Impossible” followed thirteen teams of three competitors each, solving problems while racing across deserts, over mountains and through rivers in Morocco. The teams competed for $150,000, among other prizes. Third place went to Team Fab 3, composed of siblings Kari and AJ Gibson, alongside Ryan Allen Carrillo, who is one of the few openly gay athletes in the world. Carrillo is a three-time Southwest Regional champion, US silver medalist and US National Champion in the world of Artistic Roller Skating. Carrillo has been featured in numerous music videos and has worked with Beyonce, Mya, Sugar Ray, Kelis and Madonna.
Since our special edition in 2011, Ryan Allen Carrillo, a native of California with a multicultural ethnic background: Irish, English, Native American and Latino, has been a very busy man! Connextions Magazine caught up with Ryan, while he was on a plane headed to Los Angeles from New York City, after appearing as the Social Buzz Reporter on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Host Nick Lachey, of boy band 98 Degrees and host of The Sing Off among other projects.
Connextions Magazine (CM): What have you been you up to this last couple of years?
Ryan Allen Carrillo (RAC): I was the winner of the popular vote on DreamJobbing.com for a contest to find the next Social Buzz reporter on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Host Nick Lachey. I co-hosted with Nick and it was a wonderful experience. I pretty much haven’t slept in two days and I am happy to be heading back home.
CM: Tell us about the Big Morning Buzz & what we can expect?
RAC: The Big Morning Buzz brings you the hot “Buzz” of the day in the morning. Have your coffee, maybe some oatmeal and we bring you the hottest stories of the day. Nick Lachey is an amazing host, one of the best on television right now. It’s the best ensemble casts I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. People are tired of the same format on network TV and VH1 created a show that is good for everyone.
CM: Where in the world have you traveled? What’s your favorite spot on earth?
RAC: Being a host, TV personality and a pro skater, I have definitely been all over the world. I toured with major recording artists and dance troupes. I absolutely love Australia. I thought Sydney was full of energy and CLEAN. Like a clean NYC (he laughs). I also loved Surfers Paradise, especially the beaches, and the Asian countries I visited. I spent a month in Taiwan and loved the people there. Some of the best people I have ever met. We attended a birthday celebration for a former leader of Taiwan, when I was on tour with The NYC Express Roller Dance Company. They had 10,000 performers welcome us and it was an unforgettable experience.
CM: Is there anywhere in the world you haven’t yet visited but would like to?
RAC: I absolutely need to stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora. In one of those over the water bungalows, like the Kardashians did (laughter). I love clear water and cocktails.
CM: Hmmm, clear water, Bora Bora, cocktails! I mean, tell us about your show Reality Relapse.
RAC: Rachel Reilly (TV talk show host, actress and multiple reality shows participant) and I host Reality Relapse on BiteSize TV and I can say truthfully that Rachel, despite all of her on screen shenanigans, is one of the most intelligent and loyal people you will ever meet. I adore her.
CM: You are also a writer & producer – how do you have time for a relationship?
RAC: Relationships are hard whether you are busy or not. I find they are easier the busier you are. Especially if you are each doing what you love.
CM: What’s your key to success?
RAC: Success is different for everyone. I don’t think I am successful yet. I think I am close, but it has been a long road. The key for the success I have had, is not thinking the phone is ever going to ring for me. Because it never did. I had to make all the work I got myself, thinking out of the box, producing my own shows. I am literally shooting a reality TV pilot almost every weekend. I like working everyday on something involving my career. I will sleep one day! (smiles proudly)
CM: Sleep is overrated! Any words of wisdom for people looking to follow in your steps?
RAC: Don’t let anyone tell you ‘NO’ or ‘it’s not possible.’ But don’t be a drunk with a headshot. Meaning claiming to be an actor or a host but never putting the work into actually being good at your craft. You need to be training daily. Taking classes, volunteering, interning, etc. Finding other people with the same goals also really helps, people who inspire you.
CM: Thank you for chatting with Connextions Magazine.
RAC: I am a huge fan of Connextions Magazine and I am so thankful for another editorial with you. Thank you for being so supportive to my career over the years. Love you guys!!!
We love you too RAC!
Ryan Allen Carrillo has a huge following on social media, and he is very interactive with the “Ry-Hards” as his followers are better known. Ryan Allen Carrillo’s handle is @RyanACarrillo and can be found across the social media gamut.
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