Tyler, 14, is one of 20 teens
competing in the new season
of the reality TV show Endurance.
Children's Congress Teen Tyler Burkhalter Makes the Final Four on Endurance!Tyler talked to us about what it was like being on the island, managing his diabetes, and seeing himself on national television.
Kids Online (KO): So what was it like to be on Endurance 2?
Tyler: It was a lot of fun. Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't that tough to survive on the island.
KO: What do you think you learned from the experience?
Tyler: I learned that you have to work with others if you want to succeed.
KO: How was managing your diabetes on the island?
Tyler: It was pretty much the same as my usual routine. We ate at specific times every day, and I never had any real problems. I had my supplies with me in the hut, and nobody bugged me about taking extra time to test my blood or take a shot.
KO: How did the others react when they found out you had diabetes?
Tyler: Well, in the beginning, when it was time to eat, I had to go into the hut to give my insulin. Everybody was like, 'What are you doing?' So I explained about diabetes and they thought it was pretty cool. Some of them have relatives who have it.
KO: What was the best part of doing Endurance?
Tyler: Being on TV.
KO: What was the worst?
Tyler: Having to be away from my friends for so long.
KO: We know you can't tell us if you won Endurance 2, but tell us how important winning was to you.
Tyler: Winning really wasn't that important for me. I was just there to have a good time and be myself.
KO: Has this experience changed your goals for the future, or the way you see yourself?
Tyler: I don't think so. I want to strive to be an actor, and let it be known that I have diabetes, so I can show people that if I can do it, anybody can.
KO: So are you doing any acting now?
Tyler: I've taken drama for three or four years now, and I have a manager. She sends me on auditions for commercials and stuff. But I haven't been able to audition for anything lately because I broke my ankle in five places.
KO: Ouch! How did that happen?
Tyler: Playing football. But it's getting better. The doctor says I can go swimming now.
KO: That's good to hear. What else are you doing now?
Tyler: Going to school, hanging out with my friends a lot, and I go to church regularly. I also play the guitar. I like music.
KO: Do you still keep in touch with friends you made on the island?
Tyler: Yes, I talk to Scooter a lot. He's also from Florida, and we've talked on the phone. I've talked to some of the others on the Internet, too.
KO: Well, thanks for talking to us, Tyler, and good luck on the final episodes! We'll be watching.