Erica Durousseau became the second contestant voted off Survivor: Fiji last night, and became th3e second casualty of the Ravu tribe. Ravu was given the unenviable task of living in the lesser of the two camps, exiled to a beach with only a machete and a pot to get by. Erica was kind enough to speak with us at BuddyTV today and talk about her time on Survivor.
How did you find yourself on Survivor?
I’ve got to credit it to MySpace. I have a MySpace page and Alex, who is a casting associate for Mark Burnett productions, sent me an email on MySpace and she left me her number and I gave her a call back and she was talking about Survivor. That’s kind of how it got started. She asked for an audition tape, so after doing about five tapes and sending them in, they never got them, I actually sent in a video clip and it went from there.
What were your first thoughts when you learned of the twist (nice camp and the not-so-nice camp)?
You know what, I thought it was a pretty good twist. The only thing I was really worried about was when we got there and we had all these building materials and we had this great, big shelter, I knew somebody was going to be in trouble. It was going to be all bad for somebody. I saw it coming, but I didn’t think it was going to happen to me and my tribe.
Do you think that having the unequal camps is too unfair of an advantage when it comes to the challenges?
It may be unfair, but the game is not about being fair, it is about competing, having heart. I think it will make for really good TV, if Ravu can come out of this and pull through and actually start winning some challenges. Wouldn’t that be great? They’re over there with the have-not camp and they don’t have food and they don’t have all the amenities the other camp has, but they still manage to win. It would be awesome.
The big story last night was your mini-outburst during the challenge. Do you think that was a valid reason for your tribe to vote you out?
No, I don’t. In this game it’s about making sure that you don’t stand out too much, making sure that you keep you’re cool; you’ve got to be cool. I think that it only takes a second for somebody to find a reason, a good enough reason, to get you voted out. And, I think that’s exactly what happened.
Who were you lobbying to vote out?
Before we even went to the immunity challenge, we had already decided that Sylvia was gone. There wasn’t a whole lot of discussion, there wasn’t a whole lot that needed to be said. So, I talked it over with the rest of the people and they gave me the same story. That Sylvia was going home and we’d take it from there. I didn’t do a whole lot of discussing with people. I made my regular rounds, talking to everybody, but there just wasn’t a whole lot to say.
What do you have coming up in the future?
I’m still working for the American Heart Association, I’m a Market Director so I do fund raising campaigns. I’m just looking forward to any opportunities that come my way.