Albie Manzo and his family first garnered fans while stars of the hit reality TV show “Real Housewives of New Jersey”. They’ve since moved on to their new hit show, “Manzo’d With Children”, which premiered on October 5th. Albie is a very successful entrepreneur, he and his younger brother Chris are the men behind BLK Beverages, and Black Water which everyone is talking about these days!
Albie Manzo was kind enough to join me for an interview yesterday to discuss what life is like in front of the camera, and how “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Manzo’d With Children” have opened doors for him and his family. He also offered advice for those who suffer from learning disabilities, and what his thoughts are on his former co-stars Teresa and Joe Guidice.
Candace Rose: As a successful entrepreneur and reality TV star, what is life like living in front of the camera? Is it something you ever get used to?
Albie Manzo: “I don’t think it’s anything you get used to, but I think you adjust. I think at this point, if the cameras are around, it doesn’t really change one bit. I think my family would say the same thing. I think we’re pretty used to it. It’s fun for us. We put our true selves out there, you kind of take what comes from there. But it’s also been a great platform for us to promote the business and do a number of different things that we would have never had the ability to do.”
Candace Rose: How have the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and “Manzo’d With Children” opened up opportunities for you and your family?
Albie Manzo: “Well, obviously the notoriety that comes from being on the show helps. Let’s say you’re doing a demo – we just launched at Target recently. Our platform to be able to put that out there is much bigger than had we never been on a TV show.
At the same time, there are so many challenges that come with that as well. You’re not going to get a chance to sit an audience down on a reality show and talk about the great benefits of the water, and that’s why I think a lot of people will just focus on the aesthetic and look at it almost like a novelty brand, but it’s not. It’s got so many great benefits between the minerals, the electrolytes, the low calories, no sugar – it’s a very fitness forward product. It’s a lifestyle change. You can’t just put all that out.
It creates some challenges as well, but I think overall, if I can go back, I would definitely do it again. It’s been such a great experience, we’ve had so much fun. I look forward to every week.”
Candace Rose: Your Black water sounds amazing. How did you come up with the idea of doing that?
Albie Manzo: “Well, we met with Jackie and Louise who came up with the concept in Vancouver, Canada many years ago. We met them at a trade show and really spent so much time checking out fulvic minerals and what they do from a benefit standpoint. I got so passionate about it, my uncle got so passionate about it, like I said it was really at a time in my life where I just wanted to make improvements in every single aspect and that had a lot to do with me health wise and personally as well. It’s really just been the best learning experience, it’s a different kind of product – it’s super unique.
The people that drink this product swear by it. I love getting that attachment, I love seeing that passion for the brand and I think it’s a very special thing.”
Candace Rose: As I mentioned before, you’re a very successful entrepreneur and you also happen to have a learning disability. Do you have any advice for those who maybe struggling with their (learning disability)?
Albie Manzo: “That’s a nice compliment, thank you. I don’t if I’m successful just yet, we’re working there. I don’t know if I’ll ever be comfortable with that term, but it’s great that we’re growing the way we’re growing. The learning disability was definitely something that was chronicled on the show when I was going through my thing with law school. I was classified as a junior high school student and brought up through the system that way, and I think that while there are challenges, sure, they are only challenges when you accept them that way. I’ve never been the type of person that looked at a challenge and said, ‘Okay, this is going to define me.’
I think when you make a decision that you want to be something and you really commit to it and you believe it, then that’s how it’ll be. I believe in my family, I believe in our show, I believe in the product, I believe in myself. That to me, is the tool that you need to get where you have to go. It’s a very powerful thing, and it took me a while to learn that. I think it’s all heading in a great direction.”
Candace Rose: Your former costars Teresa and Joe have been in the news a lot lately. Can you tell us what your thoughts are?
Albie Manzo: “Well, look, you obviously fear for the kids. I’m not going to speculate on the how, the what and the why, but we haven’t really seen much of them since we wrapped our last season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” and that was a season ago. You just feel for the kids, and I hope for their sake that it turns out as best as it possibly can.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with all of us?