Q&A with Amazing Race contestant Leo Temory
By jackie mansky ∑ Daily Trojan
Posted Yesterday at 10:29 pm
The Daily Trojan caught up with Temory to talk to him about what he learned at USC and how heís applied that in his life, from building a business to being a contestant on The Amazing Race:
DT: What made you decide to go on The Amazing Race?
Temory: My cousin and I were fans from season one, but we were too young at the time. Then he was off doing his own thing, and I was off doing my own thing. And then, finally, the stars aligned. The process is actually not as easy as it looks, but I got a call and the next thing you know, weíre on The Amazing Race and traveling [around] the world. It was probably the funnest, most memorable time of my life ó after USC, of course.
DT: This is your first reality TV show. Did you have any expectations before you started shooting?
Temory: Going in, watching 22 seasons of The Amazing Race on DVD, you think itís easy, but the production that goes into it, the amount of crew, the amount of staff that goes on to make such a show, itís like an orchestra and itís always perfectly orchestrated and itís just remarkable. Itís like if you put the million dollars aside itís like itís priceless, the experience you get.
DT: What was life like as a contestant on reality TV?
Temory: Well, I always love attention. With my group of friends, I like to crack jokes, go up to people, so in that regard I loved having a camera around you 24 hours a day practically recording everything you do, but definitely still to this day it feels surreal, like I canít believe I was on The Amazing Race. I just watched a commercial the other day, and Iím like, ďWow I canít believe thatís me.Ē Iím just thankful I get to relive it again when it airs.
DT: What do you hope audience members take out of your experience on the show?
Temory: I think I really brought the Trojan family mentality out in the race. You could see the humor that we bring, the smarts, the strength that we bring, basically the whole all-around perspective that encompasses the USC culture. I tried my best to bring it to the show with my cousin. Hopefully, everyone sees weíre fun-loving, crazy fans that want to have a good time.
DT: Did you learn anything at USC which you were able to apply to the show?
Temory: If USC taught me one thing, it was to network. I tell that to everybody, everyday, ďNetwork, network!Ē and that went along with The Amazing Race. Itís networking in a different perspective, communicating with different cultures, learning from different cultures, interacting, taking it all in Ö Itís not all about the million dollars, but the experience ó itís the experience of a lifetime.
DT: What do you think you and your cousin bring that gives you an advantage stand apart?
Temory: Definitely what we bring is culture. We bring a little diversity. We can actually connect with all the other cultures around the world, all the different people, different ethnicities from kids to adults. Our parents immigrated here, so they have that aspect. We have that within us because weíre Afghan Americans so I think itíll be easier for us to connect if we visit a third world country or if we visit another country, you know, weíre immigrants, theyíre immigrants so we can all sort of relate. Weíll bring the fun, diversity, excitement Ö a ton of things we bring weíre proud of. But youíll just have to watch and see.http://dailytrojan.com/2013/09/04/qa-with-amazing-race-contestant-leo-temory/