Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Q&A with Dan Brody

Former Orthodox Apprentice candidate Dan Brody answered some questions for us this week. Read about who he wants at his Passover seder, Daniel's take on scheduling tasks over the holidays and his next "really big" project. Thanks again, Dan, for taking some time to share your insights with us. Our readers truly appreciate it!

After reading our questions and answers, Dan's TV Guide interview is a must-read too.

What lessons have you learned from competing on The Apprentice?
Relationships are far more valuable than I had ever realized. The greater your circle of friends the greater opportunity available to everyone. I have made many strong connections as a result of the show and look forward to working with some of them in the future.

If you could have one do-over on the show, what would you do differently?
There is not much I regret.

Do you have any regrets about going on the show?
None at all. It was a great experience and has been opening up doors for me in ways I never could have predicted.

What are your thoughts on the remaining candidates? Who can make it to the final two?
I think there are some great candidates left. Allie clearly is talented and bright, Charmaine despite the crying scenes is very competent and a good director, certainly Sean has proven to be a good leader with great empowerment skills and Tarek, despite the beating he has been taking is a good leader.

Leslie and Michael continue to fly under the radar. Creative editing or reality?
Reality. It's actually a good strategy, just not in my character.

Who's coming to your Passover seder? Lee or Lenny?
I'm holding out for Brent. All he'll have to do is substitute 3 bagels for 3 matzos.

Which of the candidates, if any, do you stay in touch with?

I intend on keeping in touch with everyone in the group.

After you got past the initial emotions of being fired, was there any sense of relief that you wouldn't need to explain Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret to your teammates?
Absolutely. I was the one who took the initiative to inform the team about Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. It was difficult to get up in the morning and leave the team as I went to shul knowing that essentially I could not be there for them. I do not know if Lee makes it to or through Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret but if he does it will be very interesting to see how he handles it on his own. (Especially since we've seen that filming does not stop for the Holidays)

Do you think the producers intentionally scheduled tasks during the Jewish holidays to create a conflict, or was it something they couldn't work around?
I do not think anything was done "intentionally". You have to understand, the filming schedule is very tight and time is money. Try explaining to a network that Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur let alone Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret are off limits. First you might want to explain to them what Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret are.

What's next for Dan Brody?
I have several things that I am looking at right now.

One in particular is working with VENCOR INTL (VCOR.PK). It is a company that manufactures robes and accessories for resorts, spas and hotels across the country. High quality products like what you would expect at a Donald Trump Property. I will be working with several other Apprentice candidates in developing new strategies for Vencor Intl. to increase Market share. As Donald would say "It's Going To Be Big, Really Big."

Do you read the Orthodox Apprentice blog?
I do. And you can read more about me on my website: www.DanielBrody.com.


At 4/05/2006 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could Dan not know if Lee made it through sukkos and shmini Atzeret? Doesn't he know when they come to the site where they stay till the end of taping?

At 4/05/2006 10:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even if he knows, he certainly can't say.

At 4/05/2006 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also - the fact that everyone who is fired is put in another place until taping is over isn't common knowledge...

At 4/05/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

I am Jewish and watch The Apprentice. I pay special attention to the Jewish candidates like Heidi Bressler, Adam Israelov,etc.
I thought that New York pretty much shuts down over our High Holidays, I find it interesting that they can find tasks on those days.
You can check my Apprentice reviews at

At 4/05/2006 5:21 PM, Anonymous angel said...

Thanks for the link to the TV Guide interview. I found it very interesting that Dan mentioned that Lenny didn't recommend a voiceover for the cruise commercial, he simply didn't want the text there.

The editing sure indicated otherwise. After learning this, I'm sure glad to see that Tarek stuck to his guns and didn't take out the text - he gets edited so poorly! That commercial would've been horrible and much more confusing if it was just the video and music.

Also, I have a feeling that Dan's list of players to look out for are the ones that get to the F4 or very close to it. In the last couple of weeks, even I was thinking that no way does Sean not have a website, considering his achievements and attitude on his success and accomplishments (#1 in sales globally for his company; Green Card granted for his "extraordinary abilities; etc.), as described on his bio, the first episode and in extended show footage on Yahoo. I'm guessing the domain name's saved and he makes it way too far in this process. :(

At 4/06/2006 1:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just rewatched the scene about the text/voiceover... Dan was wrong - Lenny did say "we should use a voiceover"

At 4/06/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous angel said...

^ Yeah, I watched it after I commented. Lenny mentioned once that a voice would be better.

At 4/26/2006 1:45 AM, Blogger Mike Barer said...

Dan Brody was fired way too soon. I think he was a stronger player than some of those remaining. He also seems like a great guy, as does Lee.


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