Married at First Sight alum Mindy Shiben (Zach Justice’s former match) recently issued a warning to anyone interested in being on the Lifetime program. Season 12 from Atlanta will soon premiere. And Mindy had some words of caution for anyone looking to apply for a future season of the popular matchmaking show.
Married at First Sight: Mindy Shiben Warns Casting Hopefuls
Marrying a stranger, going on exotic getaways, and being in the spotlight is appealing for many people. And as someone that went through that on Married at First Sight, Mindy Shiben knows firsthand what the experience is like.
Married at First Sight viewers know things didn’t end well for her and Zach Justice. Meanwhile, she had some advice for anyone wanting to apply for the hit show. According to Mindy, there are some things to look out for – as well as other things you might not expect from being on television.
Mindy Shiben says there are things that reality hopefuls need to prepare for before getting in front of the Married at First Sight cameras. And before opening up their lives to the world. She did that with Zach Justice in the MAFS tenth season in Washington, DC. Now, she offers insight into what to expect.
Married at First Sight: Mindy Reveals What to Look Out For
Based on what Mindy revealed, managing conflict is a big one. And this goes beyond the on-camera Married at First Sight conflict most cast members go through with their spouse. In this case, it has more to do with managing conflict that arises from your inner circle – friends and family members that choose to open their lives up to public scrutiny alongside the main stars.
Mindy Shiben said another thing to keep in mind is that the show “never goes away”. Even if you film content and years go by, it’s always going to be there. Mindy went through a difficult experience with Zach Justice on Married at First Sight. And even though she said she is “over her experience”, she gets messages daily from fans asking her about it.
According to Mindy Shiben, there’s also the unpredictability factor that you can’t entirely account for. She said she went into the Married at First Sight process focused on herself. And she believed that the other person would bring as much to the table as she did. In her mind, if she focused on “being awesome”, the other person would reciprocate. And as viewers know, that wasn’t the case in her marriage to Zach.
MAFS: Dealing with Critics and Thinking About the Future
Mindy Shiben said dealing with Married at First Sight haters comes with the territory when you sign up to put your life on camera. She added that dealing with critics is “exhausting”. But eventually, you get used to it. Mindy said one of the most important things to remember is not to take anything personally.
Meanwhile, signing up for a show like MAFS has the potential to impact your present – as well as your future. Mindy said it’s important to communicate to future partners that you put your life on camera. She said it’s also a big thing to consider if you want kids down the line – especially how being on television could affect them in the future.
Mindy Shiben seems to handle herself well after everything she dealt with. And even though she didn’t end up with Zach Justice as a husband long-term (or children) after filming Married at First Sight, she moved across the border to Mexico. And it seems she really finds herself there. She builds a brand new life away from the limelight. And she seems happy with the choices she made.
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