Freezing Outside of the Box

Apprentice hopefuls show their drive, street smarts, and audacity in the financial district

 NEW YORK—A line 1,800 deep began forming at dawn in the financial district this morning as NBC held an open casting call for season two of The Apprentice, the frighteningly popular reality show that combines the nasty candor of Donald Trump with the giddy rush of being fired on national television.

What type of person would wait up to seven hours; brave freezing temperatures, snow flurries, and the humiliation of being forced to wear numbered bracelets; and stand behind metal barricades for a chance to be on the receiving end of this year's most grating catchphrase? Read on, or You're fired!


Name: Michael Milyavsky
On Line Since: 5:18 a.m
Age: 28
From: Queens (Kiev, Ukraine, originally)

Current Job: Self-employed computer consultant

Worst Job Ever: "I had to set up a Sports Authority [store] in White Plains. Everyone wanted to sit around, and I did all the work."

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "I have a perfect combo of street smarts and book smarts. It's hard to find a balance between the two."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "I wouldn't want to do anything illegal, but I'd do what it takes. I'm aggressive, relentless."

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "Definitely. But I don't wanna be, but it would be an honor."


Name: Rondell Ross
On Line Since: 5 a.m
Age: 38
From: Brooklyn

Current Job: Indie filmmaker, "urban" films ("Life is a movie! I wanna conquer the world in the most audacious way I can.")

Worst Job Ever: Foot messenger on Wall Street

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "I'm a leader and a team player... I've got ideas. I'm resourceful and audacious. I think out of the galaxy, not out of the box."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "Bend over the desk and smile."

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "Sure. Why not? I'd be more honored if he said I'm hired."


Name: Sandra Holt
On Line Since: 6 a.m
Age: 22
From: New Jersey

Current Job: Real estate, attorney services, title producer

Worst Job Ever: Cutting meat at a deli

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "I'm young, aggressive, and energetic. I would sacrifice anything to get the job done."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "I'm up for it all. As long as it will help my career, I'm up for anything."

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "Yes, I would. I'd like the opportunity."


Name: John Budnik
On Line Since: 6:30 a.m
Age: 29
From: Bayonne, New Jersey ("The same town as [Apprentice I contestant] Nick Warnock.")

Current Job: Works for a company that does investment services

Worst Job Ever: Working for a vet. Cleaning up after the animals: all the barking and pissing all over the place."

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "Dedication. I'm a damn good employee."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "There isn't anything I wouldn't do for Mr. Trump. Anything."

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "Not really. I want to be his apprentice: It's what I want to do."


Name: Christopher Jordan
On Line Since: 5:30 a.m
Age: 21
From: New Haven, Connecticut

Current Job: English major, Yale ("My thesis is on James Baldwin, conflicts between Jews, Muslims, and Christians." [Do you think Trump knows James Baldwin?] "I'm sure Trump knows about James Baldwin."

Worst Job Ever: "Working at a country club in North Carolina for a lot of old-school Southern Confederates. That was the worst!"

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "I'll make anything work, no matter how dirty my hands get."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "I can't think of anything-let's make it happen!"

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "No. No, no, no. I want to be Mr. Trump when I'm his age."


Name: Eric S. Kennedy
On Line Since: 6:15 a.m ("It snowed and I didn't have an umbrella!")
Age: 29
From: Hoboken, New Jersey

Current Job: Partner and CFO in a start-up brokerage firm

Worst Job Ever: "I lived and worked in Siberia for a year and a half."

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "Drive, ambition, and integrity. And I like to have fun."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "How much money we talking about?"

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "Yeah. If I get that far, I'll definitely be honored."


Name: Amber Jaynes
On Line Since: 5:30 a.m
Age: 28
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Current Job: Music publicist

Worst Job Ever: "Camp counselor, years ago. Bad kids!"

What qualities would make you absolutely indispensable to Donald Trump?: "I'm a great negotiator. Intelligent, passionate about business."

Is there anything you'd refuse to do for the Donald?: "[I wouldn't do] anything that's found on Fear Factor."

Would you be honored to be fired by Donald Trump?: "No."

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