The Apprentice Tyana Alvarado After the Boardroom

the apprentice season 10 tyana alvaradoPopcorn isn't just for movies anymore. Contestants on 'The Apprentice' this week popped out promotional stunts for snack company Popcorn Indiana with hopes they would go viral online. Turns out that it takes more than just losing the challenge to hear "You're Fired," as Tyana Alvarado, 41, learned. If you're not totally a team player, you're out.

With a billion dollars on the line every year in unpopped corn, the popcorn industry certainly isn't peanuts. Viral video expert Charlie Todd provided advice to the teams. Todd is known for stunts such as staging people wearing underwear on the New York City subway, leading to a video with millions of views on YouTube.

Octane, the men's team, replicated a pillow fight with bags of popcorn on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower. It looked like hundreds of people got involved and, despite rain, people spilled out into the street hurling popcorn at each other. However, there was a concern about violence, because popcorn is a family-friendly product. Project Manager Clint Robertson had complete confidence in his team's stunt.

Fortitude, the women's team, showed people having snack attacks while exercising in the gym. Todd expressed support for the concept but said they didn't go far enough and the event seemed very staged. The Popcorn Indiana executive agreed.

The men won this challenge; their reward is an audience with publishing mogul and occasional political candidate Steve Forbes.

Lessons learned

Alvarado didn't like her team's concept or end product. Problem was, she didn't offer alternative ideas.

"Every single member of your team wanted you fired," said Donald Trump to Alvarado on the episode.

The lesson this week was best expressed by team member Brandy Kuentzel: Don't come to me with your problems unless you have a solution. Teammate Kelly Smith Beaty echoed the sentiment: You don't get to check out of a business because you don't agree.

Despite the ultimate responsibility lying with aggressive project manager Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, Trump sided with the team and fired Alvarado. However, looking back, Alvarado found she made other errors.

"My biggest mistake was thinking this 'game' was being played on merit," Alvarado told AOL Jobs. "My second biggest mistake was trusting anyone on the team."

Despite Trump's judgment, she took a different lesson away from the experience.

"Being on 'The Apprentice' taught me to value my capabilities even more so than I already did," she said. "I will never doubt myself or think there is anything I can't do."

Behind the scenes

Alvarado let us in on the fact that much of what is taped never makes it on air. She says that viewers often suggest on blogs and fan pages that contestants didn't try the right ideas, and they're often wrong.

"We are all highly intelligent people with creative ideas," she said. "Unfortunately, due to the time constraints of the show, most of it does not make it to the television screen."

AOL Jobs Asks
The Apprentice Tyana Alvarado
5 Quick Questions

1. What was your first job? I was a cashier at Wendy's when I was 15 years old.

2. What inspires you? Fearlessness.

3. What is the most important trait needed to succeed? Sociability.

4. What is your biggest challenge? How to keep my dogs free from fleas during flea season.

4. What is the best career advice you ever received? You're Fired.

Where's Alvarado today?

Before the show, the Los Angeles resident sold real estate. Realizing that sales and real estate are what she loves, she has found a way to do both.

"Since being fired, life has been a little hectic," Alvarado told AOL Jobs. "I am currently working two jobs: one in advertising sales for an entertainment industry handbook, and I'm now with the Keller Williams Hollywood Hills office."

The show has led to other opportunities, but for the time being, she's staying with her current plan. For someone who got fired for not offering a solution, working for herself is her best solution.

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I am SO glad I have never watched a single episode of this worthless show.

October 09 2010 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Although Tyana didn't come up with a solution, it is supposed to be a collaborative effort by the team. Tyana was the only one who thought the girl's idea should have been a big "event". The team lost because there was not a big event. This firing was all about ratings. The project manager COULD NEVER effectively run a company and should've been fired for not doing what was asked of the team. This firing was all about ratings! Trump needed the villain to stick around.

October 08 2010 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What's really sad about the show is that the supposed contestants were all supposed to be OUT OF WORK and this was their second chance. Almost all of them still have jobs as the show was taping and after.

Oh and Tyana Alvarado should not have been fired but Donald Trump is a moron. lets look at the "Donald's" track record and how many times he has filed for bankrupcy. He got all his money the hard way, his daddy left it too him. Trump has screwed more people then a gang band porn star. Lets face it the show is a pathetic joke and when people like moron Dave are still there it proves that trump has the worst judgement in the world. Only thing good about trump is the hot little daughter that sits to his left.

October 08 2010 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

People forget what the #1 reason for keeping someone like Mousy around is: ratings. It's just like Hell's Kitchen keeping that horrible Sabrina on - people watch the show to see her antics. This woman was a drip and dressed so unprofessionally. When she met with that Japanese billionare with her boobs just about falling out of her shirt and her skin-tight skirt, it said it all. These people are unemployed for a reason. Even in this tight market, people with their supposed skills can find something comparable. I;m still trying to figure out how mighty mousy got on the show when she was still employed by a DA's officr - and openly talked about it on the show. She was let go last week but this show was taed months ago.

October 08 2010 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


October 08 2010 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Apprentice is a "show". The most outrageous contestants stay to keep things interesting. So far, David and Masra have been obnoxious, loud-mouthed and arrogant. I can't imagine anyone trusting David or Masra with their clientele.

I have a glimmer of hope for David. If he tones-down the arrogance, and allows his talent and intelligence to speak for itself he'd be great.

Masra......I can see her doing bill collections, running a bull-dozer or being a demolition expert and maybe a professional boxer. She is too harsh for anything else. She seems to have a lot of pent-up rage.

October 08 2010 at 6:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Trisha, You are so right!Mahsa is a lier and very loud. Whats with Trump? Old age making him go gaga over loser type women. Altho I did enjoy Trumps golf program, totally different person.

October 08 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I would very much like to give MASHA some luvin'!!
ZHer is Hot hot Hot!!

October 08 2010 at 6:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You are all so MEAN!

October 08 2010 at 6:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd LOVE to know why DAN not only did the same thing, but was completely INSUBORDINATE and RUDE on top of it. Yet, HE STAYED?? I see a double standard here for sure! I think Marsala or whatever her name is, the PM for this task should have been canned. SHE was the one who took it all on HERSELF and wouldn't listen to anyone on her team. This Tyana, CLEARLY stated from go that this was not going to work, they shut here down, so she played along, but at low key. So, she get's canned for that, yet Dan-o can act like a royal azz and practically punch his PM and he stays. WOW! This show is messed up, clearly set -up to keep allowing the HAVES to have MORE and the have nots to be held back.

October 08 2010 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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