The Celebreality Interview – Daniel

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Below, I Want To Work for Diddy 2‘s perpetually upbeat runner-up talks about Ebony’s victory, the allegations that his heart wasn’t in this competition and what it was like to rap for an audience of Diddy.

How disappointing was it to lose out to Ebony?

Just being a competitor, I was disappointed. But on the other side, I was so tremendously happy for Ebony and for what it’s going to open up in her life. And it really was a learning experience: you can get close to the top, and not win. That’s been motivation for me to continue to work hard.

I had a feeling that you would put a positive spin on it.

Exactly. Even in defeat you can find an element to pull from. I believe in what positive energy and inspiration can do for people, and just knowing that her dreams can come true because of that just shows me that I have work harder for mine. She’s an incredible, amazing woman.

Were you happy that you two were the finalists?

I was, because of how much I respected her. I told her, “You’re the strongest woman I’ve ever met,” and I honestly believe that.

What did you think of the widespread allegations that your heart wasn’t in the competition?

It offended me a little, but it was a wake-up call. It was also a compliment because they talked about how my passion and drive were for something else. I don’t think it was as big of a deal as they made it seem. Everyone knew I was working hard and that I care about everything I do.

Why did so many people say that, though?

In some ways, I think it was rooted in the fact that I was a strong competitor, but there were other factions. I would always be in the house talking about things I loved, places I’ve been, whereas everyone else was strictly business on Bad Boy. I think they thought I wasn’t passionate about the Bad Boy job, because I’ve talked about other loves in my life.

Ebony referred to this as a “summer experience” for you and she said that it was part of “something bigger” for you.

I wouldn’t consider it a summer vacation. If I would have gotten the job, I would have given it everything I have. I did see it as a learning experience, though, and that’s what I wanted out of it more than anything. I told Mr. Combs that I was there to be his assistant, but I was hoping to become much more. Sure, I would be his assistant for a year or two, but it’s not what I wanted in the end. I’m pushing for things a lot further, and eventually they probably will be for things I’m 100 percent passionate about.

Was there at any point in this competition that you thought, “I don’t want to work for Diddy”?

Not at all. I’ve talked about that energy you feel when you’re around him. You might have to do something you don’t want today, but he’s making you better. I was forced to think, learn and act on my feet in everything, from mundane as it could be to as serious as it got. All of it to me was a learning experience, even if it was, “This isn’t how I’ll treat somebody if I’m in the position of an executive someday.”

At least you got to rap for him. I loved that scene.

So did I. He kind of asked me if I knew any rap songs, and I told him I was offended by that. I never in a million years thought he’d make me prove it, but I did and I started rapping. I think my street cred went up with that. (Laughs) It was at the point in the competition where I was thinking, “I’m either gonna get this job or not, but this is who I am.”

Were you ever onto the fact that he was being deliberately hard on you guys? A lot of times, he’ll signal to the camera that he’s kind of busting you to see what your reaction will be.

Yeah. The one instance in particular was when he asked us if his clothing looked good. It’s like, you can’t win that. If we had said, “No, it looks bad,” he got us. If we said, “It looks good,” he got us that way, too. Regardless, you had to be ready for everything.

What about your reputation for being less than assertive?

I was really, really against that. In the house, there was a tone of, “You’re not assertive if you don’t yell, scream and argue with each other.” I took a back seat, and I was able to accomplish stuff. When Poprah and Ivory would argue, nothing was accomplished. We’d have to have a mediator sit down with them and talk things out. I don’t think I’m less assertive, I just have a different way of dealing with things. I use kindness and generosity to deal with things.

In one of your last interviews, you said you didn’t understand why you didn’t win. Do you have any more perspective now?

Looking back, I see why they say I was a little green. I didn’t know what to do. I never had to put on a fashion show before. I kind of went back to my roots with things that had been successful in the past, but not experiences directly related to outcomes of events. For that, I kind of understand. I do feel that I would have been a great assistant, though.

What’s on the horizon for you?

Right after I filmed the show, I flew to Napa Valley, California, and worked a wine harvest for Chateau Montelena, which is probably the most famous winery in Napa Valley. It was easily the hardest thing I’ve ever done. People would ask me, “How was working for Diddy?” and I’d say, “Not nearly as hard as this wine harvest!” We’d work from 6 in the morning till midnight. It was an incredible opportunity, though. Now, I’ve moved back to New York and accepted a position at Wine&Spirits magazine. I’m also in the process of starting my own business, the Urban Vine. We’re trying to do for wine, food and travel what Lupe Fiasco has done for the combination of skateboarding and hip-hop. We’re taking a real young, urban, hip look at the culinary world and the travel world. It’s an exciting time for me, trying to start something on my own, but I am looking for employment advancements as well.

Keep up with Daniel via his website and follow him on Twitter.

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  1. Nikki says:

    I have to say, I’m not at all shocked that Diddy chose Ebony over Daniel. It was very apparent that Daniel was the one who was the most qualified, organized, passionate, and professional person out of the two of them. And that is exactly why an idiot like Diddy chose the opposite of Daniel. It was easy to see that Daniel was making things happen under pressure and prevailing as the cool head in the room, and as soon as I saw how well he performed, I told my friend that Ebony was going to win. Diddy makes me want to puke, and that is putting it lightly. Why is it not pasted all over cable news shows that this ego maniac, a.k.a. P. Diddy, a.k.a. Puffy, a.k.a. Puff Daddy, a.k.a. jackass, not only compared himself to the Lord God Almighty, last night this fool asked Ebony if she didnt have as much respect for him as she did for President Obama!! Are you kidding me??? Does this ignorant %#)`#!_*!#(%)`_ think ANYONE ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH should have the same respect for him as they do the President of the United States? I am aware that in his tiny head, Piddy Pat Puffy probably thinks that he really is just as important to his “public” as our president. However thinking something that obsurd is one thing, but to say it outloud is a different ballgame. Why is there no outrage on behalf of the black community over that one? Afterall, it took this long for you to get a black president, and even Oprah proudly told us that 1000 times, so why doesnt it make the whole community angry when a dumbass like Puff states that even though the race had finally gotten Obama in office after hundreds of years of trials and tribulations, a man like Sean Combs deserves just as much respect as President Barack Obama. That’s sad people, very very sad. But anyway,I digress…I honestly knew that Diddy would choose Ebony because it was clear that Daniel was looking for a career. Diddy cant give ANYONE a job anymore, much less a career. Everyone he touches turns to failure. Thank goodness he DIDNT CHOOSE DANIEL. NOW DANIEL HAS HOPE FOR THE FUTURE. Im sure Diddy chose Ebony mostly because she is black, and he was trying to “keep it real” and all that jazz, but all he did was knock her back a couple decades and take all her dignity. Enjoy the ride Ebony. Maybe you and Diddy can read about Daniel and his amazing successes sometime in the near future. Oh, Maybe Ebony can fetch the newspaper for Diddy one morning and they can read it together. Diddy, you are a pathetic loser who got too much money and let it go to your head. ALL YOU DO IS FLAUNT HOW MUCH MONEY YOU HAVE AND HOW YOU LOVE TO BLOW IT ON THINGS LIKE HAVING A PARTY FOR YOURSELF AND SPENDING CRAZY AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON STUPID THINGS.You suck.

  2. Derrick Threatt says:

    I was really impressed and I am disappointed you didn’t win either. I am an advertising executive myself and I wish I had a guy like you on my team. We aren’t on the Diddy level. I was in tears when you made your speech at the end and when Ebony won as well. While my viewpoint of Diddy isn’t as critical as Nikki… It’s his show and he made the decision he wanted to make.

  3. Tev says:

    And amazingly, Dan, the runner-up, is the one with a blossoming career doing what he loves, while Ebony doesn’t work for Diddy yet.

    Isn’t that ironic?

  4. Hustler23 says:

    I agree with anyone who says Ebony didn’t deserve to win. Dan would’ve been a better fit. This season should’ve been called “I Want Diddy to Give Me a Free Ride.” She was dumb to quit her job and put herself in that position where if Diddy doesn’t hire her, he’ll look like he’s doing her a disservice. What a great mother she is for putting her son’s life on the line like that and letting out on national television that she was a stripper. Ebony is a strong talker but not a hard worker. You can tell she uses the race card in her life a lot too. I’m a “minority” and I would be damned if someone thinks highly of me b/c of the color of my skin and not b/c of how well I actually prove myself. Hopefully Diddy doesn’t hire her off the screen. He’s better than that.

  5. Valerie Hodge says:

    I actually agreed with the two finalists and would have been sufficiently satisfied with either Dan or Ebony winning. I was impressed with Dan’s rapping for Diddy.
    I’ve managed people in the past and thought that both Dan and Ebony were diamonds in the rough. Ebony was edgier though and her determination was consistent throughout the competition. I liked them both and with them continued success.

  6. Andrea Figueroa says:

    I think the show was great. Daniel was an excellent competitor as well as Ebony.. Ivory however got on my nerves I was so happy when she got the boot! Daniel and Ebony was the best i thought so from the beginning! IM SURE dIDDY WILL FIND A SPOT 4 HIM IN THE COMPANY SOMEWHERE! As 4 Nikky who commented She sounds really upset as if she dose’nt like diddy or as if she was the one who got kicked off the show! Diddy is the $_%()+_@^%!*`#+* and always will b the $_%()+_@^%!*`#+* Im looking Forward 2 seeing the next show Better yet i want to b on it Hopefully!

  7. JasonEspinoza says:

    I think that Danniel was the beter for the job because he is Pastionen of what he wans..

  8. Jessica says:

    I believe that Dan shoulda won because he was loyal, very qualified, and a team player, unlike Ivory and Ebony. I’m just glad the Dalen didn’t win cuz he tried to use you as a scapegoat and called Ivory && Ebony b!tches and I don’t like men who disrespect women like that. I believe Ebony was chosen cuz she was African American, I mean I kno thats reverse discrimination but its the truth. But, I wish Daniel the best!

  9. LaLa says:

    Isn’t it funny that ebony isn’t working for diddy? That just shows that these shows are fake. Most reality shows are fake now a days. Like, For the Love of Ray J for example. On the dating shows, they never end up with the person they choose and they have to have a whole nother season. Isn’t that “weird”?

  10. Tamara says:

    When is Ebony going to work for BAD BOY. I hope this plays out fair for Ebony. These reality shows get people to pack up their lives for a chance at a better life, and then left with promises unmet. I hope P Diddy is a stand up guy and make sure that this situation is going in the right direction. Do right by Ebony Diddy!

  11. Kim says:

    Are you kidding me Diddy? You picked Ebony…. Please…It was obvious that young man should have won… It goes to show, you nor your show is for real… and on top of that she still isnt working for you…fake, fake, fake….

  12. unknown says:

    I agree with everyone who said Dan should win he was the calmest person on the show and he never started a argue.

  13. bbsak says:

    2 reasons Daniel didn’t win.
    He isn’t a female.
    He isn’t African American.

    They needed the finals to be male/female and white/black and the winner had to be in a minority classification. This was never a comp for a real job, but rather a made-for-tv comp with a predictable winner. Dan is the professional and deserved to win – so of course they couldn’t let that happen.