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Originally from New York City, Shawn Cohen is currently single and living in Hollywood, with Russty, his rottweiler. Cohen and his twin brother have recently established a new business where individuals can post on-line portfolios and artist reels. Cohen was previously employed as an account executive in the advertising industry. He notes that his friends and family have dubbed him "The Ultimate Salesman." Cohen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Arizona. His hobbies include going to movies, camping, surfing, snowboarding and film editing. His father is his hero because he admires all of the accomplishments he has had in his life and all the obstacles he endured to become the success that he is. He describes himself as charismatic, spontaneous and caring. Cohen feels that he's a good candidate for SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because he's competitive, never quits, is a problem solver and someone who works extremely well under pressure. His birth date is September 20, 1974.

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Colors: Black, blue, red
Scents: Fresh-cut grass; clean, fresh
Flowers: Sunflower, rose
Board Games: Rummikub
Video Games: Tetris, Tomb Raiders
Sports to Play: Basketball, football
Sports Teams: Yankees
Outdoor Activities: Hiking, skiing, rollerblading, surfing
TV Shows: The Sopranos, Friends
Movies: Scarface, Godfellas
Actors: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Actresses: Shannyn Sossamon
Music: Hip-Hop, House, Top 40
Magazines: FHM, Maxim, Men's Health
Books/Authors: On the Road, Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Cereals: Frosted Mini-Wheats, Life
Fruits: Pineapple, watermelon, strawberries
Snack: Foods Doritos with Lay's Nacho Cheese Dip
Cookies: Fresh baked chocolate chip
Candy Bars: Snickers, Kit Kat, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup
Alcoholic Drinks: Red Bull & vodka, white wine
Non-Alcoholic: Coke, Soy vanilla latte


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Let us discuss Shawn Cohen

(My little disclaimer: As with all Survivor profiles, I am totally making all this stuff up as if I actually have a clue. I do not in any way know any of these survivors. However, I've received many emails from past Survivors complimenting me on my insight. So, although I make this crap up, sometimes I'm actually right.)

Quote: He notes that his friends and family have dubbed him "The Ultimate Salesman."

His audition video on the official CBS site must've been edited down because it's very short and all he discusses, with what seems to be two or three women in the room, is how he won a huge amount of money in Vegas playing Blackjack (almost $200,000) while he was in college.

He grins in a male model sort of way and giggles and all the girls in the night club just can't enough of him.

In the video profile, he just comes across a little ego-driven and shallow. He said, "I'VE BEEN TOLD..." stressing the I've been told so that we don't think he's a complete arrogant ass, "that I'm charismatic." Yada yada.

Then he says the generic quote that I just can't stand, "I live life every day to the fullest."

Usually when people say this, they've listened to a bunch of self-help tapes in hopes that they somehow find happiness and fulfillment, things that they sorely lack but do an extremely good job at convincing people that they have. Shawn will receive a wake-up call when he sees someone like Burton who's just as charismatic and good-looking but actually seems to have a future other than scrounging up sales positions just to buy expensive toys to impress people with.

He also shares this in the video:

"I was in a long relationship that... fell apart in the end. Umm... it didn't work out. And I think, through that experience, I've learned a lot about myself as well as relationships and life, in general. And... and I'm THANKFUL for that."

If that girl who dumped him in a bad way is reading this, could you please email me? I'd love to hear what happened because he stumbled over those words in a huge way trying to show that he's ok and that he's a better person now and that he won't still obsess over her on the island and that she isn't a COMPLETE AND TOTAL BITCH!!

I don't know why I think this, because there really isn't anything that alludes to this in his profile or videos, but my gut feeling tells me that this person is tough on the exterior and cream-puff-waiting-to-explode-in-a-poofy-powder-creamed-filling-I'm-really-a-failure-in-someone-who's-very-important-to-me's-eyes-sort-of-way interior.

Shawn is my pick to be the first to throw a fit and/or to insult and yell at someone.

I could be entirely mistaken about him. If so, I will add to this profile throughout the season correcting myself and admitting my inaccuracies completely. Feel free to send any thoughts and disagreements to since I can't seem to think of anything else to say about this guy.


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