The Apprentice Season 3

How @RealDonaldTrump Changed My Life | A Heartfelt Thank You

Dear Mr. Trump,

It’s been almost seven years since I met you in a conference room at a nondescript hotel in California. I’m sure you don’t remember me – you must have shaken a million hands since then – but when someone makes an impact on me, even inadvertently, I like to acknowledge it.

Back then, I was a recently graduated 24-year-old public relations account executive with reasonable expectations for a normal, simple life – the kind folks back home expected me to have. I took the first job I could find and settled in for the long haul. Life was fine, good even, but quite average.

Pre-Apprentice Angie. Life is good. But average.

Pre-Apprentice Angie. Life is good. But average.

When I auditioned for Season 6 of The Apprentice on a whim, I was astonished every time I received a callback from the producers. I’ve been told I’m smart cookie and a sparkplug, but I confess to that point I still felt like I was playing dress up.

What could a normal gal from small town Florida ever really expect other than more normalcy?

I advanced round after round after round, and a few months into the process I found myself in LA for the final selection. Out of thousands of hopefuls, only 50 had made it to that point, and I was elated. A week of intensive interviews and auditions with Mark Burnett, various casting directors and producers had me thinking bigger than I ever had before.

When you and I met, it was for the very last audition of the week, and unlike the rest, this was a group audition. I sat in the waiting area with four women I’d never met, eagerly wondering what in the world awaited us in the conference room.

What awaited was none other than you – the Donald Trump – and an interview akin to the infamous boardroom on The Apprentice. I won’t give the details away here, but I suspect at that point in my life I just wasn’t aggressive enough for TV.

I believe something inside me began to change on the flight home that night. I knew I hadn’t been selected and I was sorely disappointed. Instead of giving up and going back to my average life, I channeled every bit of that letdown feeling into formulating a new game plan.

I’d had a taste of excitement and adventure and what could be, and I was never going back to normal.

I hatched a scheme to move to New York and to search out a fulfilling dream job in travel public relations. Within a few months, I was standing on 5th Avenue pinching myself. I made it!

After five years as a Hell’s Kitchen resident and employee at the world’s largest PR firm, I’m confident the meek young lady you met in the boardroom in 2006 has been taken over by a woman who lets nothing and no one intimidate her.

I’ve since traveled around the world alone, chronicling my adventures every step of the way. I run my own business and my own website, I’m a successful independent PR & social media consultant and I’m planning to take a crack at writing a book later this year.

In the past seven years, I’ve learned that nothing is impossible and no dream is too crazy, and you don’t have to win every battle, so long as you win at life.

Post-Apprentice Angie. Bahamas, Spain, Jordan, Thailand, Morocco, New Zealand, Greece, Indonesia... NYC!

Post-Apprentice Angie. Bahamas, Spain, Jordan, Thailand, Morocco, New Zealand, Greece, Indonesia… NYC!

I’m not a Miss USA or an MBA, so only through the powers of the reality TV audition process did our paths cross. And I’m so glad they did. I would not be the savvy, confident woman I am today without the lessons I learned from my Apprentice experience.

Thank you for the impact you made. It’s made all the difference.

— Angie

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  • February 08, 2013

    I think vaguely I knew something about The Apprentice, but didn’t realize the whole story–you’ve had your share of experiences, girl, from Best Job to this! Next up: Orth sisters take on The Amazing Race??
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    • March 20, 2013

      I am always asking RaeRae if she wants to try out for the Amazing Race and do you know what she says? “Don’t they have to run a lot? Nahhhh.”

  • February 08, 2013

    Amazing story! Can’t believe you nearly got onto The Apprentice. Sounds like you won it, in your own way…
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  • February 08, 2013

    Awh I love this. That’s the way to live your life. Thanks for the reminder! Keep in living an exciting life girl.
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    • March 20, 2013

      Thanks, Bobbie Lee! Appreciate your kind words =)

  • February 08, 2013

    Great post Angie! I love how you took that experience as a way to give yourself a little push to follow your dreams! So inspirational 🙂
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  • February 09, 2013

    What a neat story! I had no idea there were so many rounds of auditions for a reality show! Crazy. Glad you used that experience to pursue your dreams!
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    • March 20, 2013

      Oh my gosh, Gina, there are SO many rounds! It’s completely and totally exhausting =)

  • February 10, 2013

    You amaze me, Angie! You truly are a special person and I am so glad our own paths crossed. You’re inspiring in your own way and don’t ever forget that!
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  • February 11, 2013

    I love this post. People never know what kind of impact they make in others’ lives and it’s great to hear that the Donald made a positive one in yours and inspired you to change how you were living your life. Great attitude and excited to see where you go next!
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    • March 20, 2013

      Thanks, Diane! Appreciate you reading & commenting!

  • February 11, 2013

    Hey girl.
    Amazing what your learn about people everyday. Think the experience of going through all those auditions and making it to that final pool of ’50’ must have really given you some confidence. I’ll never know what was said between you and Trump but I think the fact that you went for the auditions and gave yourself the chance to be selected…that was a win and shows your inner belief in yourself. The experience gave you the belief that you could do something-wasn’t Trump who changed your life- it was you.So thank yourself. Everyday. Stay inspired and keep smiling.
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  • February 11, 2013

    Such a cool experience! Congrats on making so far in the audition process! I would have to agree, you’re much too nice to be on the Apprentice – and that’s a very good thing.
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  • February 11, 2013

    Hi Angie,

    It looks like we share the same PR/travel writer path. What a trip!
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  • February 18, 2013

    Wow! Meeting successful people can have that affect on your huh? They’re just people and yet they can create this amazing life for themselves. Sounds like a little bit of “The Don” rubbed off on you.

    My husband was on the NZ version of The Apprentice. I’m sure the US version is a hell of a lot more competitive to audition for though.
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    • March 20, 2013

      oooh I didn’t know that about your hubby, Bethaney! How cool!

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