Nick Thompson, a former star of the popular Netflix dating show "Love Is Blind", has recently stepped forward to share his plight since leaving the show. Thompson, who previously held the position of Vice President of Marketing, attributes part of his current hardship to the aftermath of his reality TV stint.
Since his appearance on the show, Thompson has experienced significant professional challenges. He alleges that his reality star status led to his dismissal from his role, pointing to the timing of his layoff just one week after his name had been negatively spotlighted in the media.
Since then, he has applied to more than 400 positions, yet he remains unemployed. A gloomy financial reality looms as Thompson admits he can only afford two more months of mortgage payments.
Thompson's Reputation Tarnished
Thompson shared his experience with Entertainment Tonight, expressing his belief that his television appearance contributed to the deterioration of his professional reputation.
"I definitely felt like I wasn't taken as seriously anymore… people would treat me a little bit differently and not take my ideas or my work as seriously," Thompson recounted. He added that potential employers have shied away from associating their companies with his name.
In the midst of these personal struggles, Thompson remains dedicated to helping others in similar situations. He established the UCAN Foundation, or the Unscripted Cast Advocacy Network, to support reality stars needing legal and mental health assistance.
His network consists of over 400 therapists and 50 entertainment lawyers, ready and willing to help. Thompson has also been outspoken in his criticism of Netflix's treatment of its talent. He cited low pay and poor working conditions on set as major issues.
The absence of residual payments to talent was another sore point for Thompson, a sentiment echoed by Bethenny Frankel, an alum of the "Real Housewives of New York City". Frankel, in a recent Instagram video, called for reality stars to strike until they receive residuals for all their episodes.
The simultaneous actors' and writers' strikes have given rise to a wave of reality stars, including Thompson, who are pushing for better labor practices. His experience highlights the potentially damaging personal and professional effects of reality TV stardom.