Many talented actors, models, and personalities get discovered through reality television shows. The interest and popularity of these shows often unexpectedly launches a new career for the man or woman that appeared in the reality show. Lee Avent is taking full advantage of the opportunity given to him by reality television is branching out to new platforms to reach a wider fan base.
Lee Avent is best known for his appearance on MTV’s Catfish on episode 2, but has also made appearances on Divorce Court and the Catfish Reunion show along with several other radio show appearances. Lee is looking to branch out to be known for more than his appearances on reality television and is launching a radio show “Real Talk with Lee.”
I interviewed Lee about his reality television experience and his new radio show.
Michael Luchies: What responses have you received from your appearances on your reality television appearances?
Lee Avent: I have received mixed responses; some people loved it, some hated it, some felt sorry for me while others thought I was a con artist.
ML: Do you have any regrets about your appearances on Catfish or Divorce Court?
LA: The only regret I have is that I didn’t have more knowledge of reality television before I did the shows.
ML: What would you have done differently if you would have known more about them before being televised?
LA: I would not have taken advice from producers on what to say and I would bring my personality to the show.
ML: Have you been offered any future roles on any TV shows? Are you interested in an acting career?
LA: I have been contacted by several reality and talk shows. I’m waiting patiently to find a show that’s going to capture the real me and not a toned downed edited version.
I might do some acting. Being a Libra, I have the ability to put myself in someone else’s shoes and understand where they are coming from. It’s a possibility.
ML: Your episode on Catfish had the second highest ratings in the first season of the show with 2.74 million viewers. Why do you think it was such a popular episode?
LA: Because it was a love story and people love a good love story. It showed that you can connect on such a deep emotional level that most people often fantasize about.
ML: I have to ask, have you had any contact with Trina outside of the reunion show?
LA: I still keep in contact with Trina. She is very easy to talk too and the type of connection we have is hard to break no matter the circumstances.
ML: What is the inspiration behind launching a radio show?
LA: I wanted a platform where people can get to know the real me because I don’t feel that the shows did a good job of that. On Divorce Court I’m the bad guy and on Catfish I was painted to not like myself and forced to pretend to be someone else on the show, when in reality I wrote the story you saw.
ML: What will make this show different from all of the other podcasts and radio shows currently out there?
LA: Me. You can never have another me. I have such a big personality that the audience will be begging for more. I was so hilarious at the Catfish Reunion show that I got a standing ovation after my segment – but of course you didn’t see that. Find anyone that was in the audience and they will tell you the truth.
ML: Who is the target audience of your radio show?
LA: I plan to capture the masses by having a fun show that interacts with the listeners and have guests participate in the fun by saying or doing things that they wouldn’t normally.
ML: What is one thing that your fans don’t know about you that you would want them to know?
LA: With reality TV what you see is not always what actually happens. I know I can make people laugh. I have ghostwritten for comedians in the past. Do you think you’re funnier? Challenge me!
ML: How can people find your show or more information about what you are doing?
LA: You can visit my show page through Blog Talk Radio – Real Talk with Lee.
Although I do find myself funny, my wife doesn’t, so I don’t think I will challenge Lee or his comical skills. It is clear that we haven’t heard the last from Lee. Thank you to Lee Avent for the interview and we will be looking out for you in the near future.