Grainne bows out of the Apprentice
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
GRAINNE McCoy bowed out of the Apprentice last week as Lord Sugar brought her fabulous rollercoaster ride of a journey to an end.
After finishing fifth out of a staggering 85,000 applicants, everyone's favourite Dromintee woman spoke to The Democrat about her whole experience; the highs and lows of her stint in the house and her future plans to launch her own make-up range and her hopes to embark on an exciting media career.
In the interrogative format of the interviews, Grainne kept her poise admirably against the fire-breathing Claude, but admittedly floundered a little whenever her business plan was put under scrutiny.
She explained: "I quite enjoyed it, as I knew my business plan wasn't up to scratch, so I never expected to reach that stage to be completely honest.
"I tried to do too much with it, but I've really taken the advice onboard. I don't think I'd ever be afraid of another interview after that - I'd probably apply for President with no fear!"
"It was was extremely tough, because you maybe see about three minutes of each interview, but you're actually in there for anything from 45 minutes to an hour, which is quite daunting," she said.
Whilst most of us would shudder at the thought of being filmed for 10 hours a day for fear of how you'd be represented, Grainne appeared at ease and very naturalistic in front of the camera, and says that she's delighted with how she was depicted in the edit.
“I think I was represented very well: I was the quiet, stern one, but then I was the giddy one at the end, so it showed all aspects of my personality, so I couldn't be happier with how I came across," said Grainne.
"Throughout the whole thing, I just tried to focus on myself and not get involved in any cattiness or back-biting. If someone was out of order, I would say it to them, absolutely, but in a nice way."
Seeming slightly bemused that's she's a now a Twitter sensation on the back off the show, Grainne said: "I was trending on Twitter last night as the most talked about thing in the UK, from the feedback, support and the amount of people who were backing me."
One of the most gratifying things about participating in the process, she said, was realising that she was capable of much more than she initially thought.
She said: "I saw through the process that I'm a lot more capable than I ever thought I was; creating something, branding it, pitching it and then selling it.
“It's given me the confidence to push yourself out of your comfort zone, as I went in there going up against people with qualifications coming our of their backside, and people with £100,000-a-year salaries, but do you know something, so many of them hadn't an ounce of common sense."
Buoyant about her future plans, Grainne said: "I didn't ever think I'd have made it as far. I'm chuffed to bits that I done so well, that I was edited and came across really well and that I was able to take the BBC Apprentice home to Dromintee.
“I've decided to focus on the brand and hope to do some more TV work. My ambition is to be the Gok Wan of make-up world, so I will be back on the TV and that side of things is something I definitely have aspirations towards."
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