‘Gold Rush’ Star Parker Schnabel Explained the Biggest Challenge of Being on Show

by Amy Myers

Before the glitz and glamour comes the rough and tumble. No one knows that like the stars of Discovery’s reality show, Gold Rush. Through exhausting work and devotion, gold miners risk everything to find that single needle in a haystack underground. Sometimes, the results are devastatingly disappointing. However, when they do find the coveted supply of precious metal, it pays handsomely.

One example of this success story is young Gold Rush star, Parker Schnabel. Although he may be young, 25-year-old Schnabel is not one to underestimate. The miner already has over 12 years of experience, starting with his grandfather’s operation in Alaska when he was just a teenager. Since joining the show, Schnabel has beaten the odds of his profession and found himself a gold supply worth $7 million. Within the first ten years of the show, Schnabel racked up a $20 million profit.

Despite how easy he makes it look, Schabel concurs that his career is a constant challenge. However, this isn’t so much because of the actual mining as it is being on television. That’s what the Gold Rush star finds to be the most difficult part of his job.

“I think it’s very hard to balance the business with everything being on camera, it’s all your mistakes being in the spotlight like that,” Schnabel explained.

‘Gold Rush’ Star Explains Dangers of the Job

It seems like it’s one of those don’t-know-till-you-do types of deals. The addition of cameras on his worksite might not seem like it would be a burden, but the thought of having someone there to capture every mistake can be haunting. Add that to the fact that he’s constantly using heavy, dangerous equipment and it would make any miner nervous. When Schnabel first joined Gold Rush, there likely was an adjustment period. Now, though, he manages the added stress of the cameras much better.

“It’s a challenge and it continues to be one, but we’re getting through it now,” Schnabel shared with The Malestrom.

In regards to actual injury, on the other hand, the Gold Rush star doesn’t show much concern. Between the mine shafts, drilling equipment and conditions underground, disaster is just one wrong move away. However, part of Schnabel’s continued success is because of his cool, collected behavior.

“For the most part, we get through that sort of stuff you know,” Schnabel said in regards to his own injuries and close calls. “It’s a pretty cliched thing to say, but usually, you’re stronger for it.”

Along with a calm state in the face of danger, Schabel shared that his work on Gold Rush has also given him a new perspective on life.

“Gold mining like most things in life, you get out of it what you put in,” he said. “And if you put in a lot of hard work and dedication, you usually get rewarded.”