You’ve seen him on MTV’s The Real World. You’ve watched him on The Ruins. Chet Cannon is known for his exquisite style, his friendship with housemate Ryan, and his individualistic personality. Seriously, I’ve never met anyone like him before in my life. I was curious in getting to know Chet a little bit better just to see if he was anything like he was on show. In fact, he’s better!
Q: Alright Chet, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do, what’s your sign? Etc
Chet: Well, first off, Chet is my nickname. Chester is my real name…also the name of my Grandfather I might add. Sadly, Chester rhymes with molester…the kids at school had a field day with that. I’m still heartbroken. Right now, I am en route to LA. Well, actually, I’m headed to Boston tomorrow for a week, then back to SLC for Thanksgiving, then Louisiana, then NYC, then PA, then Baltimore all before December 6th….I guess you could say travel a fair amount. I have lots on my plate right now. I’ve been approached with ideas about new TV shows hosting gigs which influenced my trek from NYC to LA. Personal endeavors would include YouTube (which I hope to more consistent with), writing a children’s book, inventing a bowless bow tie, chewable water. In all seriousness, The Real World, for me, was like a small scale lottery….A lottery that can open many doors. Now, what you do when the doors are opened is entirely up to you. Mainly I’m just trying to hustle and stay focused. There is a lot of easy money with hosting parties and what have you, but I am more than happy to forgo a few of those in my pursuit for elevated status in the television industry. The end game for me is hosting a successful news show.
Q: Which do you prefer, being interviewed or doing the interviewing?
C: I’m impartial, to be honest. I guess it depends on the people I’m interviewing, you know? Sometimes you’ll get out there and throw the mic in someone’s face and instead of being unique, you receive some regurgitated, colorless rant. I enjoy spontaneity…people who can shoot the proverbial shit. When I happen upon those types, I enjoy conducting the interview.
Q: Chet, you happen to be one of my favorite Real Worlders ever. Just so you know, I don’t give out that title too often. You made a brief appearance on The Ruins, would you ever do it again? What was that experience like for you?
C: Well, thank you, my lady! You’re a peach. Yes…brevity would be an accurate description of my time on The Ruins. I loved it. The format, in terms of filming is a bit more enjoyable than Real World. There are so many people, so you can avoid the cameras if you feel the need. Never say never. I may do one again…depends on the location. Phuket….obviously I wasn’t going to turn that down. The Challenges aren’t a focus of mine at the moment, I will put it that way.
Q: Your friendship w/ Ryan and the song you guys made up in one of the early episodes. Inspiring. Are you guys still pretty close? How is he doing?
C: Ryan is doing very well. He called me just days ago from Iraq. Ryan and I have some projects in the works right now, which hopefully, will put both of us back on the tube…together.
Q: Your fashion sense is exquisite. Where do you prefer to shop and would you say you have more of a hipster or metro style?
C: Hipster or Metro….couldn’t tell you. My friends from back home laugh at the way I dress. They are the furthest thing from hipsters or metro. I will leave that up to you guys to decide. I really enjoy Ben Sherman and whenever I get a chance to visit SLC, I hit up the thrift stores. SLC has great, cheap thrift stores. You go to the thrift shop in NYC and the prices are comparable to those at Saks and Barneys…no joke.
Q: So are you still in Utah or have you relocated?
C: I stayed in NYC and only recently moved away, so I could pick up my car and make the trek to LA. I hope to get back to NYC soon.
Q: What’s a typical day for Chet Cannon?
C: That’s a tough one. They are so different. Yesterday, I filmed some video for my YouTube channel, worked out, edited video, worked on a children’s book I’m writing, and then went to a party downtown for the Nitro Circus movie…dancing the night away. It was brilliant. After that, some mates and I went hot tubbing and I arrived home at 3 AM, where I then edited video again until 4 AM. Tomorrow I hop on a flight to Boston. I enjoy the inconsistency.
Q: If you could interview anyone, who would it be?
C: Dead or alive? Let’s go with alive….hmm….maybe Pete Doherty. He is my favorite rocker/fashion icon.
Q: My favorite episode was when you had the chance to meet and interview one of my friend’s bands while on the show, Danger Radio. Had you been listening to them prior to the show as well? And also, what kind of music are you listening to these days that you think my readers should be listening to?
C: Cool guys. Love them. The Danger Radio interview was offered to me and at that point I began listening to them (in preparation)….grew to enjoy it….and then we had the interview. It was one of my favorites. I just made this really awesome “love songs” mix. I wish I could post a link to it. My favorite band is The Sounds. Easily. At the moment, I’m stoked on Fun and Foxy Shazam (Check them out). Amazing stage presence.
Q: There’s always talk that MTV’s editing portrays characters in a certain way for their audience to see them as. Do you feel as if you were portrayed correctly or incorrectly? Is Real World REALLY real?
C: You can’t deny anything that makes the air. I believe they will heighten aspects of your personality, but each person has a lot more depth. I’m not super bummed over my portrayal, but there are plenty of things I would have displaced with other moments from the 4 months in Brooklyn….had I been given the creative control.
Q: When I was younger, I used to want to be an MTV VJ, but first! I wanted to do Real World (like yourself) in hopes that it would lead me to becoming a VJ. This was before I knew TRL was going to be canceled. Do you think MTV has contributed in helping you get to where you are today or did Chet Cannon conquer the world all on his own?
C: VJ’s don’t exist anymore…haha. My stint on MTV has DEFINITELY given me more opportunities than I would have otherwise received. Is it possible to make it without a reality show….ABSOLUTELY. Reality TV can be scary. You have to be very calculated about your decisions….which is very difficult considering the frequency with which you are filmed.
Q: I’ve seen some of your YouTube videos on your blog featuring your covers, is there a singing career in the works? Maybe you and Ryan can get together and start something!
C: Singing is just for fun…I’m not opposed to playing with Ryan when he returns. I think we could form a pretty kick A duet.
Q: Jesse McCartney Pee Pee Hands story. Is it true?
C: Yes. It is true. Scott Herman and I walked into the bathroom and Jesse was on the phone, while peeing and didn’t wash his hands. IT was disheartening.
Q: What are you up to and where can we see you next Chet?
C: You will see me again soon. I hate to be the guy who says “it’s confidential,” but that’s how most of this stuff works. Mums the word.