COLLIN "MANMAN" BLOODSON By Ozzy Neav Posted: November 2007
Merriam-Webster online defines a “man” as one possessing a high degree in the qualities considered distinctive of manhood. That leads us to the logical conclusion that any individual that is dubbed “Man,” twice, in his moniker should not only be revered, but also imitated. I love New York 2 Alumnus Collin “ManMan” Bloodson is an actor, entrepreneur, restaurateur, and above all, a man filled with character and integrity. But what immediately draws us to this down to earth Reality TV star is his name. Really, who wouldn’t want to hang out with a guy called “ManMan”?
Ozzy: Please tell our readers something about you they may not know.
ManMan: I'm very competitive. I am an Entrepreneur and most don’t know that I have a very strong passion for business. I run a successful restaurant on the South side of Chicago and [am] looking to expand and open more. I have to be the best in everything I do, in every aspect of my life.
Ozzy: What’s the first thing you look for in a woman?
ManMan: I look for a woman with a good head on her shoulders. That has some depth and grace to her. She’s not about foolishness, but able to be herself around anyone at anytime.
Ozzy: Speaking of women, describe New York using only one word.
Ozzy: What are your thoughts about the accusation that VH1 alters the Internet votes to affect elimination?
ManMan: I don't think anything of it. It’s their show, they can do what they want. Honestly, I was not sure what they were doing behind the curtains, so to speak, I believe they really want the voters to be involved so I wouldn’t think they would alter it. I will say I was just concerned with making sure I got a spot in the house, that’s all that mattered to me.
Ozzy: How has being on I Love New York changed you as a person?
ManMan: Being on the show made a lot of people recognize me, but it hasn't changed me as a person. I’m still the somewhat quite guy, cool, and down to earth. I don’t think people really knew or know what to expect from me. It has caused me to challenge myself, to share more about myself with people. Normally, I’m a "don’t give a care" kind of person, but I know fans want to know more, and I want to share more.
Ozzy: During the "make New York money" challenge, you thought The Entertainer’s liquor bottle idea was bad. Was it really that bad in your opinion, and if so, why didn’t your team come up with another idea instead?
ManMan: I did feel like the liquor bottle was stupid, but I thought The Entertainer was going to come up with something better to present while I was getting our presentation together. I guess when you’re in the midst of it; you have a lot of things running through your mind. We made the best decision possible.
Ozzy: How do you respond to New York’s claim that you weren’t there for her?
ManMan: I know in the inside that I was there for her. Maybe, just maybe I could have done and shown a bit more. You know, women love that, if I could have done it over again, I would have really shown her the true me that I’m sure she knows, I would have just wanted the rest of the world to see it. I just wish she could have given me more time.
Ozzy: Where can we see ManMan in the next five years?
ManMan: Well, I’ve made steps in the right direction. I’ve always had drive and passion for life. That’s why I run my own business now. I do plan to have my own clothing line and even expanding my current business. People will soon see me on the big screen and around the country making appearances for the fans and lastly, my restaurant will go nationwide. You definantley haven’t seen the last of Collin!
Ozzy: What is your drink of choice?
Ozzy: If you had the chance to have dinner with three people, alive, dead, or from the future, who would you choose?
ManMan: Wow, that’s a great question, and somewhat difficult because I admire a lot of people both alive and no longer with us. But if I had to choose it would be Michael Jordan, Halle Berry, and Martin Luther King Jr.
For more information on Collin "ManMan" Bloodson please visit him directly on Myspace.