Interview with Susie Meister
Susie Meister, how did you make the jump from living in Pittsburgh, PA, to MTV’s Road Rules?
You then continued to do six more reality shows. With cast members changing and various locations, did it feel like starting a new job in a different city?
You’ve been thrown into unexpected situations with audiences watching. What did you learn about yourself and what advice would you give to someone else facing unknown adventures?
After reality TV you decided to pursue your PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Was this an opportunity to reinvent yourself? Or, was reality TV a detour from the path you intended to take originally?
You moved 6 times in 10 years. Where did you move and why so many changes?
In your TedX talk you advise us to be bold, be inspired, and to keep going. From both your religious studies background and your many moves, how do you recommend that we find inspiration when going through a difficult time like a move?
You are the co-host of the award-winning Brain Candy podcast with Sarah Rice, and I loved chatting with you on Episode 334. Why did you decide to start podcasting?
Where can readers find you or listen to your podcast?
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me, Susie Meister. You’ve reinvented yourself so many times and it’s inspiring to learn from you.
Thank you so much for having me. I love the work that you do.
Susie Meister was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After high school Susie joined MTV’s Road Rules for the ride of her life. She has since participated in seven shows on MTV (but don’t judge her). Susie’s reality winnings went towards her education. In 2014, she completed her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. After Brain Candy’s success, Susie Meister founded WAVE Podcast Network with her husband, Adam. Their network’s shows consistently rank on the iTunes top charts. Her writing has been featured in the Huffington Post, Vox, Salon, and Jezebel. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son.