Name: Dan Ginsburg
Where do you currently live?: Chicago, IL
Current occupation: Radio Traffic Reporter
Describe some of your favorite activities.: I don't mean to brag, but the kickball team I created, Kicki Minaj, won the rec league title last season! I'm big into sports, both playing (softball, kickball, beach volleyball, dodgeball) and watching (particularly college football and basketball... go Badgers!). I'm obsessed with music and at any given time have at least one song stuck in my head; I love to sing (moderately well) and dance (terribly), and I play several instruments. I create and host ridiculously fun and random parties and events. What little "downtime" I have left is spent watching Big Brother or playing Nintendo Switch.
How would close friends and family describe you?: My close friends often refer to me as their "gateway friend," in that I'm the one whose friendships helped them meet those who ultimately became their close friends as well. I'd like to think "kindhearted" would be one of the first words out of my close friends' and family's mouths. They'd probably also call me smart, goofy, obsessively organized, and just a straight-up ridiculous person.
Name a few fun facts about yourself no one would guess just by looking at you.: I can rap faster than Twista and Busta Rhymes, and I have the audio and video to prove it:
I was hit by a car on my bike in July and sent flying 15 feet through the air. I broke two bones in my foot, but it could've been unspeakably worse. I'll be entering the house 11 weeks after the injury, and I was told 12 weeks before I'd be fully up and running again; I'm counting on my body to make up a week's healing time. :)
I scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT... in seventh grade.
When I was in high school, I was escorted to a wilderness program in Utah, was pent up at a boarding school in Maine, and ran away from home to live on my own for a year. (Needless to say, there's a much longer story here!)
Do you have a favorite quote?: I don't really look to quotes for inspiration, so I'll go a different route:
"I never noticed before, but if you play the 'boing' sound effect over and over, it starts to lose all meaning."
--Scott Lessner (The Onion)
What is your strategy going into the game?: I definitely intend to connect with as many of my fellow houseguests as possible right off the bat and to gun for some crucial competition wins, but I'm a big believer in having a flexible strategy. A plan that might work brilliantly with one set of people could fail miserably with another. Once I meet the rest of the cast, my brain will shift into "strategy mode" and I'll start plotting my path to the end.
Which past Sequester player did you like the most and why?: Please don't hate me, but I'm relatively new to Sequester! I did watch the first live action season, and I found myself rooting for those who laid it all out there, both physically and emotionally. I was pulling for Kait and Kurtis early on, then drifted toward Jamie Leigh as she became cornered, stood up for herself, and perfectly embraced the underdog role!
What would you say your biggest weakness is in a game like Sequester?: I'm nonjudgmental to a fault. If someone does something negative, rather than being upset with them for it, I try to put myself in their shoes and understand what circumstances in their life led to them behaving in that way. (I guess I should've become a therapist!) If I have downfall in the game, this could be it. I won't react well to closedmindedness on the part of my fellow houseguests, and I could also see myself giving someone the benefit of the doubt and getting burned by them down the road.
What type of person is your biggest threat in a game like Sequester?: My biggest threat is someone who's capable of playing the game completely emotionless. I'm confident in my ability to win comps and play a strong social game, but if I can't connect with someone, I won't be able to analyze them effectively and I'll want to get them out of the house before they come after me.
What type of personalities would you describe as opposite of yours?: I'll clash with anyone who's petty, closedminded, judgmental, or just generally unwilling or unable to try to see things from a point of view besides their own.
What do you think is the most common mistake that people make in a game like this?: The biggest mistake I see people make is coming in with a "perfect strategy" that's far too rigid and cannot be adapted to the environment. Every person is unique, and every group has a totally different dynamic. On the flip side, coming in with no plan whatsoever can be just as disastrous. I know what I want to accomplish and have a blueprint for how I want to achieve it, but my path from there will largely be determined by my ability to read and connect with the various personalities of my fellow houseguests.
If you win Sequester what do you predict the final vote count to be?: Let's go with 6-1, with one goodwill vote toward my opponent to save them the embarrassment of a unanimous decision. For real though, I'll take 7-0, I'll take 4-3... Any vote that ends with me as the winner is a wonderful vote in my eyes!