Congratulations! You've been accepted to be a cast member of the next Survivor! What's your strategy going to be? What will you do to prepare? Strategy: I would try to make an alliance with someone who is in a career with honorable people. Retired military, fireman, judge... I know, not everyone is honorable and honest, but there are tendencies and percentages. There is more honor in a doctor than a car salesman. No offense, anyone. Use the buddy system to keep the alliance together. Colton couldn't have put his lies out if there would have been two or three others in the conversations. Put out there that the most important thing in Survivor is votes. The second thing is water. The priority is winning challenges before the merge. There are no big moves early in the game. Stick to the alliance as long as possible. Remind your alliance that one guy went up against six or eight women and won because the women turned on each other. Boston Rob won because he kept his together. Develop the idea early that when it comes to reward challenge trips, take the second and third place people. The picking someone else wrinkle is designed to intensify the social game. You can eliminate the disappointment by making the decision before the choice is presented. Like hitting a sixteen against a ten. Preparation: I would try to build a fish trap out of sticks. Something I could leave in the water overnight. I would wear shorts and pants that would still tighten around my waist as I lost weight. (Damn, I would love to lose 15-20 pounds!) I would wear a waterproof cap with a brim. Possibly with a nylon cord that I could use to build a fire the first day. On the island: I would be Fire Guy. Light and take care of the fire so no one else develops their skill. Listen. Ask questions rather than offer opinions: "Have you noticed anything different about Colton?" Focus other players' attention elsewhere and create their opinions so nothing sticks on me. The first day, split the work of the tribe so some build the fire, some build a shelter. For some reason it seems that all new tribes think it's got to be one or the other. I would build a shelter roof out of split bamboo, like a tile roof. Half of the bamboo with the U shape upward, half downward. That way, there isn't really any leaks, AND you can make a gutter to collect fresh water. A lot of conversations happen when people go off to get water and most conversations are not good. Off the island: Cash the check.