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Austin Carty
24, High Point, NC
Actor/ Model/ Writer
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Date, source
January 26, 2006
Click here to watch the full 45-min video at CBS2 Chicago
January 26, 2006: CBSNews video of a pre-game press roundtable discussion about Austin, led by Jeff Probst, with Mara Reinstein (US Weekly), Paul Adler (TV Guide channel), Shawna Malcom (TV Guide), Dalton Ross (EW), Jarett Wieselman (In Touch). Transcript:

austinJeff Probst: What's the vibe on Austin?
Austin (pre-game interview): I'm Austin Carty, I'm 24, I'm an author, and currently living in High Point, North Carolina.
Shawna Malcom: He was interesting, because he came in, and immediately said, 'I'm a writer.' You know, like, he very much identifies himself that way. I mean I, I don't know how he's going to do in the game. He didn't seem to come in with any real strategy. He came in just, he seemed very vanilla, very bland.
Jeff Probst: Did you like him?
Shawna Malcom: [Shrugs] He was likeable, you know, um....
Paul Adler: He had very sort of like endearing like qualities. A little vanilla. Um, he just took one look at Bobby and said, 'God, I hope I don't have to wrestle that guy.'
Mara Reinstein: Yeah, he said that, he said that to me, too.
Jarett Wieselman: He's very concerned about the competition, I think, because he's short, you know, and he's not that muscular. I think that, moreso than Aras, he's gonna have a hard time, because he's very religious. And he was very adamant about staying true to himself, and not crossing the line in the game.
Austin (pre-game Bible reading): Therefore take up the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [Ephesians 6:13]
Jarett Wieselman: I don't think it's doable, with the way the majority of players are going to play, to play it as honorably as he might want to.
Dalton Ross: This guy's not gonna be a ringleader. He's not gonna be the guy calling the shots. He's gonna be a follower, not a leader. And we know followers can win Survivor, it doesn't mean he's not gonna win, but that's what I think, what he's gonna have to do.
Jeff Probst: So, final words on, on Austin. Everybody seems a little, 'We don't know, he seems vanilla,' but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Mara Reinstein: If he's an under the radar guy he might be okay.
Paul Adler: Somebody may take him under their wing, he may go far.
Dalton Ross: I think he needs help, I think he needs help.
Jeff Probst: He needs help because he has such strong principles, that he'll need somebody to do dirty work, for him to survive.
Dalton Ross: Partly, partly. He might not do the dirty work, and he might. It's not even he could 'Oh, I might do this, but I won't,' it's 'think ahead to what I need to do to do it.' I don't think that's within his mind frame. You know, someone else will have to make those decisions, and then he'll have to either agree or not agree to do it.
Jeff Probst: Overall, aside from the game, did you like Austin? He's a likeable guy.
Paul Adler: He talked about the sunset, the ocean, and how beautiful it was, and how he couldn't believe he was here. He's very endearing.
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January 22, 2006: Transcript of Austin-specific footage from the TV Guide Channel " Survivor: Panama - Exile Island Preview" (featuring pre-game contestant interviews and Jeff Probst comments from circa Ep1):

"Danni Boatwright: Austin, a North Carolina author, got to Panama in an unusual way: through another reality show.
Austin (pre-game interview): For the Amazing Race: Family Edition, my family was one of the, uh, finalists for that show.
Danni Boatwright: But Austin was called upon, solo, for Survivor.
Austin (pre-game interview): I joked around with the casting director later on, I said, 'I don't know what it is, the spark you saw in me was, but I'm you're under that false misconception. Because, here I am. "

January 9, 2006: Officially revealed as a contestant on Survivor: Panama - Exile Island on the Early Show.
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Austin's bio, from the CBS Survivor: Panama site:
Austin Carty was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. He studied three years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he played Division One soccer while studying speech communications and public speaking.

Carty is currently an established author (he is signed with a literary agent based in New York City). In 2003, his first novel, Somewhere Beyond Here, was published. His agent is currently shopping his two subsequent novels, Storm of Fireflies and Grays' Sacrifice. He supplements his income with modeling for print and commercial advertising. He has previously worked in retail, as a waiter and as a bartender.

Carty enjoys writing, reading, playing guitar and piano. His favorite sport is soccer. He describes himself as charismatic, humorous and genuine. He believes his athleticism, strength and intelligence will help him become the Sole Survivor. Carty's hero is his grandfather. He says if he can one day secure half of his grandfather's faith and integrity, he'll consider his life a success.

Carty is currently single and residing in High Point, North Carolina. He is very proud of his sister, Elizabeth, who is currently Miss United States Teen. His birth date is April 29, 1981.

Date, source
December 28, 2005
Word1234 at Survivor Sucks
December 28, 2005: Brand-new Sucks poster Word1234 pops in to second the notion of Austin Carty as a Survivor: Panama - Exile Island contestant.

- "Just a little more info about Austin. I went to school with him and used to hang out with him when he was younger.... Also, he was at a club in High Point over Christmas and he did confirm to several people that he was going to be on the upcoming season of Survivor."

- "He and his family are very close. If I had to say what his personality was like, I'd probably say it's close to that of Blake from last season, but not to as great a degree. I know it's been mentioned earlier in this thread but he's basically been trying for years to get into acting so maybe this will help. He mentioned that he was finally selected to be on this season which leads me to believe he's been close to being selected before."
Date, source
December 5, 2005
SurvivorFire at Sucks
December 5, 2005: Oft-"inaccurate" Sucks poster SurvivorFire posts the second of two pics of alleged Survivor: Panama - Exile Island contestants. This one apparently actually had some merit:

"OK, to make up for my little flub on Kenji's pic, here's one you'll recognize when it airs. Since Chill is dropping descriptions, I gotta start dropping faces." [posts a picture of Austin from his book jacket].

(Note that Let Me Eat Cake was the first to identify Austin based on his picture).

Date, source
February 5, 2004
Mary Ellison Turner for the Kinston Free Press
February 5, 2004: Austin goes on a book tour to support Somewhere Beyond Here, and makes a stop in Kinston, NC. The local paper gives a profile (excerpted below):

"Austin Carty of High Point, 22-year old author of his self-published book, Somewhere Beyond Here, will sign copies of his book from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Book Depot in Kinston....
    Carty attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., for three years, where he played soccer for the school's Division 1 program. He moved to Atlanta to pursue a modeling and acting career, booking a part on the Warner Brothers Network's show, One Tree Hill and modeling for Hanes, John Deere and General Tire.
    Carty's dream always has been to be a novelist and hopes Somewhere Beyond Here will be a springboard toward picking up a major publisher.
   'Even if the book only enjoys limited success, it always will be a special project for me because it is based on a promise I made my mother when I was a little boy and is more than anything, a gift for her,' Carty said.
    He plans to finish his last year of school of Guilford College beginning in the fall of 2004.
    For more information, visit Carty's Web site,"
Date, source
Fall, 2003
Wayback Machine archive for
See also the page at Trafford Publishing
Fall, 2003: Austin writes, edits and publishes his first novel, Somewhere Beyond Here. Below is a statement from his personal web site, set up to sell the book (apparently grammar and spell check are not among his true passions):

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"The Author
    Austin Carty is the twenty-two year old Author of Somewhere Beyond Here. He resides in High Point, NC, where he was born and raised. Carty spent his collegiate days playing soccer at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Here he wrote numerous short stories, essays and newspaper articles, but never quite found the time to pursue his true dream: writing a novel. After leaving Liberty in the spring of 2002, Carty moved to Atlanta, GA, where he pursued a modeling and acting career. Not knowing anyone in Atlanta, and finding himself with a vast amount of downtime, Carty decided it was probably, now or never. He sat down at his computer in August of 2002, and now, more than a year later, his dream has come to fruition. After having finished the novel, Carty has realized that writing is indeed his true passion.
   With his rough manuscript in hand, he moved from Atlanta back home to High Point, NC- a move he considers to be the best decision of his life. Carty has spent the last several months editing and reediting the novel and has now finally deemed the project 'complete.' In the meantime he has been blessed enough to appear on the critically acclaimed television show One Tree Hill, and has had the opportunity to model for various national and international campaigns such as Hanes Underwear, John Deere and General Tire. Now, Carty is marketing Somewhere Beyond Here and praying for the best. He says, 'Even if the book flops, it will always be a very special project for me. The book is dedicated to my mother, and is based on a promise I made her when I was a little boy. I have already been overly compensated for the work I put into this book, just by the look I saw on her face when I handed her my rough manuscript. And for those of you who are taking the time to read my story and browse my sight- I can't thank you enough. May the Lord bless you all."
Date, source
October 13, 2003
October 13, 2003:
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Appeared as "Young Dan" in a flashback in the "Crash Into You" episode of WB teen soap One Tree Hill.

Made a return appearance in the same role, one season later, in the "Lifetime Piling Up" episode (aired May 10, 2005).

Date, source
Fall, 2000
Wayback Machine archive of 2000 soccer stats
Fall, 2000: As a 5'10", 155-lb. sophomore, played forward on the men'ssoccer team at Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). From this scintillating recap, we learn he scored at least one goal that season:

"Gomez laid off a pass in front of the goal to Austin Carty, who placed the ball into the empty net."

Well done! Unfortunately, according to Liberty's 2000 season stats (archived at the Wayback Machine), that was his only goal (from four shots made) in 14 games played that season. But he did wear #6. That has to count for something.

In 2001, as a junior, apparently played only one of Liberty's six (?!) games.
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