Meet the geeks
TRAIN DRIVER, 30, NSW
A childhood dream to be a train driver came true for Aaron from Sydney. He knows everything you can about trains, and when he’s not driving them, he loves to sit by the tracks and watch them go by – an inveterate trainspotter.
Looking for someone who will share his passion, Aaron’s dream date would be taking a girl to a station that has a river and a walking track nearby. “It would be good to set up a picnic by the water and watch the trains go by,” he reckons.
Aaron is a romantic who believes in love at first sight, but finds his lack of confidence makes it hard to meet new people.
“I try to be friendly and make jokes with people but there’s always something in the back of my mind, thinking I might say the wrong thing, so I overthink situations a lot. I’m hoping to learn to be more confident and get pushed out my comfort zone.”
BOOKWORM, 27, SA
Alex is a maths teacher from South Australia who lives alone with his 18 house plants and his cat called Coconut.
He loves Dr Who and is looking for a girl he can talk philosophy with and show around his extensive library. Bookworm Alex says he’s introverted but grows more chatty the more comfortable he is with people.
Alex skipped a year in high school, and being a different age to his fellow students meant he didn’t always fit in. The memory of those days makes it hard for him to feel confident, especially around girls.
He says: “I want to learn how to be naturally confident and not just put on a brave face when I go out. I want to be a better version of me.”
HARRY POTTER FANATIC, 26, NSW
There’s nothing Anthony, a digital content director, doesn’t know about the Potterverse, and he is a proud Gryffindor.
Admitting he’s shy around new people, Anthony retreats into his Harry Potter world when he’s feeling insecure. But around his fellow fans, taking part in cosplay, he comes to life, especially when he’s in different characts like Harry or Captain America.
Anthony was bullied at high school, which has made him a little distrusting of people and forced him to put his guard up. But he’s hoping this experience will help him to let people in.
So he’s banking on learning more about himself, finding a beauty who can build up his confidence . . . and maybe finding a love like Lily and James Potter.
INTERNATIONAL YU-GI-OH! CHAMPION, 30, SA
By day Chris is a software engineer, but his real passion is playing Yu-Gi-Oh!, the Japanese card game. Highly competitive yet lacking in confidence when it comes to dating, he finds it hard to meet girls in an industry that’s filled with men.
Chris has been all over the world for Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments, including Las Vegas. But all those years of working hard means he’s missed out on a lot of socialising, and now he wants to make up for lost time.
“I’ve spent most of my time hanging around people who share my interests, so I don’t tend to add a lot to conversations around things I’m not specifically interested in,” he says. “So I’d like to learn more about how to interact with everyone, not just the people I know who share my interests.”
Chris also admits he would like some help from his beauty about how to be more fashionable. As he says, “I basically have no style, no fashion sense at all.”
MUSICIAN, 29, VIC
Self-confessed hermit Jason is a data scientist from Victoria and a talented musician who can play multiple instruments.
Looking to get out and meet new people, he says he has always been introverted, and after lockdowns and working from home he finds it hard to feel comfortable out socialising in big groups.
Jason says: “Everything I do is geeky. I work as a data scientist, I play video games, board games, role-playing games. I love philosophy, coding, and I’m pretty geeky about my music too.”
As a guy who rarely leaves his apartment, he hopes that taking the leap to be on this show will help him break out of his shell. But after a friend urged him to apply for Beauty and the Geek he became nervous
“I normally take things one step at a time, I just dip my toe in,” he says. “But this is the exact opposite. It’s nerve- wracking though exciting. This will be a challenge and I just want to step out of my comfort zone.”
MARTIAL ARTS EXPERT, 24, NSW
Even though he’s a black belt in martial arts, Jayden is more a lover than a fighter. Confident and intense, he has been training since school after dealing with bullies, which helped him with his confidence.
A bookworm who loves all sorts of reading, from fantasy to maths, Jayden has different groups of friends but wants to find new ones who share his interests.
He says: “I like the idea of meeting people who are geeky like me and have their own interests. But we all are here for the same reason. I want to have those personal friends I can call up for advice when something bad happens or if I’m upset.”
Jayden works as a mail officer and is also a bartender and a tutor, which he says makes him a workaholic. He finds that his workload is also a factor in still being single.
Coming into the Beauty and the Geek experience, Jayden is excited about the geek makeovers. But . . .
“To be honest, I don’t know if I can make myself look good. It’ll be interesting to say the least. I’m hoping to look good. I’m not looking at Ryan Reynolds-level of good, just better!”
CHILDREN’S PARTY ENTERTAINER, 25, NSW
A man of many roles, Michael is a part-time children’s party entertainer, part-time crypto trader, and confessed “full-time geek”.
He’s had a few girlfriends but still feels anxious around groups of women. “I try and remember to breathe and relax,” he says. “I think I have put on a mask in front of girls to hide the nerves and anxiety behind a big smile and the jokes, but I’m always overthinking what I’m saying to a girl.”
Michael loves gaming with his flatmates when he’s not working and learning history. He has his work cut as a children’s entertainer where he dresses up as characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
“I look out for landmines, which is what I call horrible kids. Sometimes you get to a party where you turn up as Spider-Man and they’ll run over and punch you straight in the family jewels!”
Hoping to find a real connection with his beauty, Michael considers himself a romantic. He is most looking forward to taking on the challenges with his partner.
BATMAN FANATIC, 20, QLD
Mike might come off as confident as he hosts trivia nights or other events, but put him in a one-on-one situation and he freezes, especially in front of girls. “I talk to fill space to make sure there’s no silence or opportunity for awkwardness. In intimate conversations I find I fidget and get stressed,” he says.
A huge Batman fan, he works at a Brisbane radio station, but it’s Batman that really gets him excited. With a dream of owning a Batmobile and writing his own script for a Batman movie, Mike resonates with the famous character in the way he has flaws but always builds himself back up, looking for ways to overcome setbacks.
He jokes that his love for Batman might be a reason why he’s single and says he struggles to pick up on signals from girls. He’s not necessarily looking for a beauty to fall in love with, although that would be an added bonus.
Says Mike: “I’m open to finding love, but at the same time I really want lifelong friends and to gain some confidence in myself.”
JAPANESE ANIME EXPERT, 20, SA
Nate’s mother was the one who encouraged him to come into this experience, thinking it would be a good chance to “spruce up my romantic skills and meet some cool geeks”.
Not one to think too far into the future, Nate has no expectations of his relationship with his beauty and will let whatever happens happen. He says, “It’s going to be a new experience and challenging, but that’s as far as I’ve thought about it. I’d like to learn to give myself more credit and learn more about myself.”
A computer science student, he grew up in lots of different countries and cities, which helped him adapt to new social settings and groups. After settling in Adelaide, Nate discovered anime and now has hundreds of figurines, video games and other memorabilia. He has learnt to draw it as well.
Looking forward to the geek makeovers while a little nervous about the challenges, Nate is hoping to build on his confidence . . . and maybe find a little romance.
E-SPORTS CHAMPION, 25, VIC
Playing E-Sports professionally, Sam is very competitive and loves a little friendly sledging of his opponents. Yet while he may have the confidence to take on some big players, the years of COVID have seen him retreat into a shell, and now he wants to go back to his old self.
As hype man to his E-Sports team, he helps to keep their vibes high and emotions in check, which he thinks he’ll be able to do for his fellow geeks. Sam says, “If any of the geeks need anything, I’m going to be out there to hype them up and help.”
He has played almost 8000 hours of Counter-Strike and has a penchant for all things geek. “I love being a geek because it’s about having passion for something. I’ve shaped my whole career, my whole life, around Counter- Strike and E-Sports and I love it. Not many people can say they love what they do, but I love everything about what I do.”
Sam has dated in the past and is definitely open to meeting a beauty he can connect with. And while he’d love to win, he really just wants to meet someone who will help him out of his comfort zone.