10 things to know about Survivor contestant, Scottsdale resident Joe Anglim

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Joe Anglim, Scottsdale resident and Survivor contestant. (Submitted photo)

Local castaway and Scottsdale resident, Joe Anglim, 25, is returning to the TV show, Survivor this season for a second chance at being crowned sole survivor and winning the $1 million prize.

This season is the first time in the show’s history that the entire cast of returning players was voted on by the fans, according to a press release.

The Independent wanted to get to know Mr. Anglim a little better with a quick Q&A. The young TV contestant and artist opened up to us about his favorite Scottsdale hang out spots, what his hobbies are and how he will do better to win the prize this season.


  1. Where in Scottsdale did you grow up?  My family moved to Scottsdale in 2004 after selling our citrus farm in Queen Creek.
  2. What high school did you attend? What were you involved with? I attended Notre Dame Prep HS. I was very involved in High School. I played four years of basketball and two of volleyball. I was also a member of student government, theatre, and several studio arts.
  3. What type of art do you make? What are your hobbies?  I make custom pieces of fine art and both the style and medium change with each client. I would say my body of work would be composed of mostly mixed medium paintings and wall/sculpture fabrication pieces. My objective is to be an visionary and facilitator for my client bring to fruition his or her ideal work of art. I make art that tells a story and holds personal significance to its owner. My other hobbies- I love the outdoors. hiking/camping/hunting. I also really enjoy graphic/computer design and editing. And I also enjoy playing sand volleyball around the valley as often as I can.
  4. Do you have a day-job? What is it? Not currently. Currently preparing to test for local fire departments here in Arizona.
  5. What was your favorite part of being on Survivor? My favorite part has been getting to know some of the most random crazy amazing people, that i may otherwise have never crossed paths with in life. The whole experience has been incredible.  I’ve not only gotten the opportunity to play the game I have loved since I was 10, but it has really put a lot in perspective for me of whats important and it has brought my family closer together. It has allowed me to meet so many incredible people and forged life long bonds and friendships.
  6. What will you do differently this time to try and win the one million dollar prize? Play better, haha. I really think I just have to try and not be as nice. I will have to make the other players in the game seems like bigger threats than I am.
  7. What is your favorite trait about yourself? Haha, I think my favorite thing would be my spontaneity.
  8. Where is your favorite local hang-out spot in Scottsdale?  If i need some bar food I’m probably at Four Peaks. On a weekend maybe Boondocks, Wasted Grain, or Whiskey Row.
  9. Did you ever think you’d get (and accept) a second chance at Survivor? Why or why not? I had never even thought of it until they announced the possible returnees. I was honored to even be asked back and then as time grew so did the amazing support of the fans. As time grew I was overwhelmingly astounded. It still seems so surreal to me at times.
  10. A motto or saying you live by: “Give me strength Give me courage, make me steadfast and true, thank you for this day my health and all that you do.” I just try to live simply by the Golden rule, be thankful everyday, and do the best I can with what I have.

The show premieres Wednesday, Sept. 23 with a special 90-min episode on CBS.

Cast photo (Submitted photo)

Cast photo (Submitted photo)

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