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The Apprentice 3 Weekly Performance Review, Episode 5: They Can't Even Fail Creativelyby Mike DeGeorge -- 02/23/2005
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I wasn't crazy about the casting idea - in fact, when I heard it I immediately assumed you would lose - but it worked well enough. You probably SHOULD have lost this one, but then again, you should have done better as well, so that evens out.
Angie: Are you the only one who can answer the Trump phone? As for the task, how could you possibly think you'd have "lines of actors" waiting? Did you think they'd just be wandering the streets? Overselling your idea is as bad as underselling. Guess who would be blamed for the loss? More you than Tara, who actually came up with it. And like John, I wasn't impressed with your calling of casting directors. You need to be able to get your point across better, especially for an idea you were so excited about. I like to say that a good barometer of performance is how you do on a task you don't like - it's especially bad when you can't do well on a task you like.
Chris: Well, you weren't in the boardroom, so we didn't get to see any irrational upset yelling from you this week. But you did help John with the phone call, which is something.
John: Here's one of the highest compliments I can give you: you get things done. Without you, the team might never have come up with a casting director, much less a big name one. Not many people would have thought to ask the woman exactly what it would take to get her there. Doubling it was a bit much, but you were smart enough to know that offering her only the amount she asked for probably would have made her say, "I'll think about it." You're able to think on your feet and get people behind you, which is essential.
I'm almost hoping that you don't get the job! I think you'll get more out of it, from other job offers, speaking engagements, endorsements, and the like, if you don't win.
Craig: You told us that many actors learned to never pay to meet a casting director. Isn't this information that might have been helpful… BEFORE you had everything set up?
But here's something I liked - you were willing to play along with the women putting the crown on your head at the jewelry store. You would have been perfectly justified in being a little irritated, but you played it off well.
Tara: You had one of the best ideas of the week, in going to see the trailer before deciding the task. I certainly would have had no idea they would have looked like. I think the lack of renovation that your trailer went through was part of the reason you guy did well - you weren't working on such things all night.
I like the idea of the casting director. It's not the sort of thing you find everywhere. The problem was, it really needed more time to promote. But you did a really great job in general this week, and you deserve to be commended for it.
Audrey: Whoa, baby! Kiss me with that mouth? Not because of her opening speech… well, okay, partially, but not because of the profanity… I've discovered that I've developed what I think is my first ever reality TV crush. Yes, after four years of writing at RNO, I finally have a crush. So be warned for the future - I don't think I can be objective.
Tana: As Betsy assumed in her article, You automatically get points deducted for saying "inside the box." A reader sent in an idea for an "Apprentice Drinking Game" based around these stupid catchphrases, and I think that's a grand idea. At our last offsite meeting, we actually played catchphrase bingo and it was pretty fun. People actually paid attention to the speeches as a result.
You told your team to "spread the word." I really hope that was editing and you were really more specific than that. How about calling talent agencies? Setting up near Broadway, or better still, Off-Broadway, where actors might be? Setting up on a random street, which is what it looks like you did, was pretty uninspired. Simply put, you didn't win the task, your team did. You were along for the ride.
After being free of it for two weeks, I think we can say pretty much conclusively that the "unbelievable" crap was all Danny's. Another reason I'm glad he's gone.
Also, when I lived in Dallas, there was this great Mexican restaurant way north on Preston Rd. The reason I mention this is, there was a trailer almost exactly like the ones you used right down the way from the restaurant (this wasn't exactly a well-populated area). They offered a number of "services" in the trailer - or so I hear, thank you very much. They probably offered "massage services" too. How many people on the street saw your trailer and thought exactly the same thing: "What exactly ARE massage services?" Or maybe I just have a dirty mind.
That said, it wasn't a BAD idea - but it wasn't very strong and should have been handled better, as I go into below.1 2 Next-->
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