Survivor: Nick Wilson sought Dan Gheesling casting advice as ‘Hank’

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Big Brother legend Dan Gheesling has gotten quite a few Survivor players onto the show with casting advice, including a former winner in Nick Wilson.

Though you’re more than likely to see Big Brother winner Dan Gheesling in the virtual battlegrounds of apocalyptic Russia than playing in a reality competition any time soon, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been instrumental in the reality coaching process. With his website, he’s been advising countless individuals who have auditioned for shows like Survivor.

As we’ve reported in the past, his advice has helped players at all stages of the casting process, as he gave Laurel Johnson some info on what to do after getting passed over for others at casting finals for Millennials vs. Gen X. While he’s moved on from his How to Get On Reality TV podcasting days, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t remnants of former hopefuls realizing their dreams.

First spotted on the Survivor Reddit, episode 61 of Dan’s podcast kicked off with a question from a Big Brother hopeful with a voice that might be familiar to Survivor fans. “Hank,” of course, was a pseudonym for Nick Wilson, winner of David vs. Goliath, talking about his character archetype approach in hopes of getting cast for the summertime show.

While Nick seemed more prone to leaning into the hard stereotypes of what it means to be a poor redneck who overcomes adversity, he seemed to be playing up a bit of his right-leaning antics in hopes that would lead to getting cast on Big Brother. There’s undoubtedly an homage to Dan Gheesling’s original attempt to get on the show for the tenth season.

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With Survivor casting for seasons 41 and 42 right now, you should heed Dan Gheesling’s casting advice if you’d like a shot to win like Nick Wilson did. Don’t just say were X quality growing up, provide stories as to explain what it meant to embody whatever quality helps define you. Maybe you, too, will then eventually get cast on a reality competition program and win it all!