Interview with Kynt and Vyxsin of the Amazing Race 12
The Race is on! This Sunday CBSís Emmy award winning reality series ďThe Amazing raceĒ is back. This week we had the opportunity to speak with Kynt & Vyxsin, the first ever Goth team racing around the world for 1 million dollars. We talked about what prompted them to apply, if they were able to keep up their appearance, and a bit abut the Goth lifestyle. I would like to thank them both for taking the time to chat with us. Donít miss The Amazing Race this Sunday on CBS.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: How did you both meet one another and how long have you been friends?
A. Vyxsin Ė Itís funny I met Kynt shortly after I moved to Louisville, he handed me a flyer for a local Goth night. Within a short amount of time we were close friends.
A. Kynt: Itís been a three year one night stand.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: What initially got you both interested in being on the show, did you watch prior seasons?
A. Kynt: I have been a fan since season one, Vyxsin started watching The Amazing Race during season three. Itís one of a few shows that can hold my attention span. Some shows are just about twelve people in a house with gossip and drama. With The Amazing Race you get interpersonal communication, you learn, travel, and grow as a person.
Q. Mark Realitywanted.com: I read somewhere you did not want to emulate any prior team. But did you have a favorite past team or team you rooted for?
A. Vyxsin: I always liked Lynn and Alex even though they did not win. I loved the dynamics they had with one another and they didnít let the race hurt it. We also loved Uchenna & Joyce, they had one of the most exciting endings. We also loved Steve and Dave from season 4, they came from behind so many times.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: I donít know how long you both were gone but I am sure it was several weeks during filming. What did you guys leave behind?
A. Kynt: I missed Myspace. I missed my full make up box, heater, and air conditioning.
A. Vyxsin: I have a small tiny Pomeranian at home. She is my child. It was hard to leave her behind. One of the things I did not miss while I was away was waiting tables.Q. Mark Realitywanted.com: Not too many of us miss our job when we leave right. Iíve watched The Amazing Race and wondered if teams try to do any type of preparation prior top the show. Did you guys read world maps, workout more, or prepare in anyway?
A. Vyxsin: We tried to get ourselves in a more physical mindset. As viewers have seen many of the amazing race casts are the outdoor sporty types. Kynt and I donít spend much time doing those things, though we did some physical prep work prior to leaving for the show.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: Did you guys start running or hiking?
A. Vyxsin: We actually spent time with my dad. My dad was in the army and ran Kynt and I through some army training drills, obstacle courses, rock climbing, repelling, etc.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: Wow, very cool that your dad helped you both out. I know you canít tell me now but I am sure we will see how it helped you guys during the show.
A. Vyxsin: It was great to have that preparation. We actually took Kynt camping for the first time. It helped my dad and Kynt bond since my dad was wary of Kynt. Training helped bring them closer together and it was also great for Kynt and I. The whole time we have been together we have not done normal couple stuff like biking or walking in the park. It was great to connect in another way.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: As you both know this show can test relationships. I have run into past cast members at reality events that are no loner together. Were you worried about your relationship with one another?
A. Kynt: We see so many teams waste energy, time, and effort bickering at one another and not saving their energy for the road blocks and detours. We have always worked great together under some stressful circumstances.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: You guys have a ton of online support, how do you feel about the online reality TV community, Myspace, etc?
A. Kynt: Itís so exciting, the show inspires us. Itís a wonderful feeling that we will be part of something that gets people excited and enthused. The support online has been heart warming. A single episode hasnít aired yet and people are already sending messages saying ďgo pink and blackĒ.
A. Vyxsin: For some people itís refreshing to see a totally different type of person portrayed on TV. Itís hard for people to identify with the tan blond thin people we often see on shows. A huge part of America doesnít look like that.
A. Kynt: We are here to break the stereotypical walls down. Vyxsin and I are SHOCKED! We never expected such support so soon.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: What is your favorite thing about the Amazing Race?
A. Vyxsin: Most reality TV shows show a bunch of individuals doing what they do. With The Amazing Race you do it with a teammate. I had a great adventure and a life alerting experience that I was able to share with my most favorite person in the world.
A. Kynt: My favorite part of The Amazing Race is the spirit behind that concept. Superficially itís a race for a million dollars but its so much more than that, itís a window into the world we live in.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: Tell me a little bit about your Goth lifestyle and is there anything you can say about any reactions you may have received from people while filming the show?
A. Kynt: Going into the race we thought a lot about it and how it would be part of our strategy. We were assuming our look would work in our favor since strangers always come up to us wondering if we are in a band and so on. We assumed when looking for help with directions people would be curios about us and give us help.
A. Vyxsin: We also thought other teams would under estimate Kynt and I. We hope this will keep a target off our back.
A. Kynt: I want other teams to look at us and go oh gosh look at them those two are more worried about eye liner vs. an upcoming road block.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: What are the biggest misconceptions people have about those in the Goth lifestyle?
A. Kynt: People think Goths are depressed and anti social basement dwellers. Itís so wrong since we love to meet new people everyday. Goth people are insightful, intelligent, and just plain fun. Goth celebrates art, beauty, and individuality. Itís always fun to play in the dark.
A. Vyxsin: Growing up in an Army family we traveled a lot when I was younger. I tried my whole life to fit in, but for some reason I could not get there by wearing the right clothes or saying the right things. I was alienated and lonely. I kept trying new looks and things but finally I accepted the fact I am different and now I am much happier.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: Were you able to keep up the look while on the race?
A. Kynt: Going into the race Vyxsin and I wanted to keep the look as much as possible. When we are dressed and have our makeup on we feel the most confident. But we knew we might not look prefect at every moment. We were trying to find a fine line with function and fashion.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: So you referred a few times to your relationship with one another. Are you two dating, friendsÖ.?
A. Vyxsin: Kent and I have great relationship, we dated on and off but Kynt doesnít like labels. He always says labels are for soup cans. It cuts down on drama; we like to just enjoy eachothers company. He is my soul mate and always gives me a twinkle in my eye.
Q. Mark realitywanted.com: Any final words for the fans?
A. Vyxsin: We have an extreme amount of appreciation from the overwhelming online support. Weíre not the only ones out there that have a different take on life.
A. Kynt: We are grateful that CBS keeps backing The Amazing Race year after year. It is quality TV. There is a lot of junk on air today but Vyxen and I know 30 years from now when we are in a nursing home trying to die our grey hair we will both be proud of doing the show.
A. Vyxsin: We look forward to seeing the episode air and hearing peopleís feedback. We want people to post their thoughts of show.
Q. Mark RealityWanted.com: Very cool guys. We are all excited to see the show this weekend. Speaking of comments toss us your Myspace so fans can say hi and post messages.
A. Kynt: 100% please have people come see one of our myspace pages