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 May 6

by Carolina


Selena, Farrah Fawcett, Eva Longoria and Lou Diamond Phillips.

Many people know these famous celebrities are associated with Corpus Christi. But what about those who made a name for themselves on reality television?

We’ve put together a list of local reality celebrities to remember where they made their television break and to let you know what they are up to now. Who knows? Maybe you went to school with them, worked together or ran into them at the supermarket.

Joseph “Jowee B” Brock

Jowee B made his debut with “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network starring renowned chef Guy Fieri. He appeared on the first episode of season 18 in which he and his fellow opponents had to make dishes from a list Fieri provided . Jowee B was the runner-up of the competition, but praised for his self-described “Thai-Tex-Mex” food.

He later appeared on Food Network’s mini-series “Ultimate Summer Cook-Off,” where he placed third. Sticking with his tradition of fish oil led to his downfall in the competition. He credited his mother as his inspiration when participating on both shows.

Currently, Jowee B works at The Lookout at Bluff’s Landing Marina and Lodge in Flour Bluff. He will be featured on June’s “Cook Local” video series presented by NEC Co-op Energy and Grow Local South Texas. The series will feature local chefs cooking “amazing yet accessible dishes with local ingredients.”

Where to find them: Follow Jowee B on Instagram at instagram.com/joweeb.

Tammie Brown

Who knew that Corpus Christi had someone of royalty? Drag queen Tammie Brown’s  first appearance on the first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was in 2009. The contestant, who was born Keith Glen Schubert, placed eighth in the first season but made a permanent name in the drag community.

Brown was brought back for the first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” The season had contestants compete as teams, and Brown and partner Nina Flowers were the second team to be eliminated.

Brown has since gained notoriety within the LGBT and drag community, producing three albums, an EP and a web series and holiday special. Brown will star in “The Sherry Vine Variety Show”  exclusively on OUTtv USA, a subscription video-on-demand service dedicated to premium LGBTQ+ content, on May 25.

Where to find them: Follow Tammie Brown on Instagram at instagram.com/planettammie or visit planettammie.com.

Jess Cavazos

Local tattoo artist Jess Cavazos competed on season 11 of “Ink Master.” Known for his positive attitude on the reality competition program, Cavazos specialized in realism with his tattoo art. He came in ninth place on the show after failing to freehand a tattoo design successfully.

A self-admitted slow tattoo artist, Cavazos just wasn’t able to produce a great tattoo in a crunch.

Cavazos currently tattoos at Black Lantern Tattoo at 5230 Kostoryz Road. He is a skillful artist still focused on realism and is constantly booked with appointments. Cavazos has recently tattooed Peyton Barber, a running back for the NFL’s Washington Football Team.

Where to find them: Follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/jess_cavasshole.

Colin Guinn and Christie Woods

These life partners appeared on television on the fifth season of “The Amazing Race”  where they placed second. Known for being aggressive, the couple changed their demeanor when they returned for season 31, promoted as “The Amazing Race: Reality Showdown.”

Guinn and Woods competed against former teams from past seasons of “The Amazing Race,” teams from “Big Brother” and teams from “Survivor.” The life partners were able to sweep the competition and win $1 million.

Guinn and Woods currently reside in Austin with their children. Guinn is an entrepreneur, drone inventor and a high-tech product development expert. Woods, a former Miss Teen USA, is a sex, love and relationship coach.

Where to find them: Follow Guinn on Instagram at instagram.com/colinguinn and Woods at instagram.com/christiewoods1. You can also visit their website at colinandchristie.com.

Jake Hoot

This Corpus Christi native has been all over the world as a son of missionaries. Growing up in Texas, Hoot moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 9 years old and then to Tennessee when he was 20. While in the Dominican Republic, Hoot learned to play guitar.

He auditioned for season 17 of “The Voice.” During his blind auditions, “American Idol”  winner and “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson was the only one to turn her chair. Hoot was an obvious frontrunner in the competition and was crowned the winner for the season.

Hoot still resides in Tennessee and has released one EP and four singles. His EP, released January 2021, features a song with Clarkson, his former coach.

Where to find them: Follow Jake Hoot on Instagram at instagram.com/jake.hoot.music or visit his website at jakehoot.com.

Meredith Jurica

A 2003 graduate of Calallen High School, Jurica made her premiere on television screens when she was on season 10 of “Shark Tank.” She was the first contestant on episode 11 where she presented her business product Makeup Junkie Bags.

Jurica asked for a $200,000 loan for 15% stake of her company. Shark and entrepreneur Lori Greiner agreed to team up with Jurica with a $200,000 loan, but for a 5% stake and a $0.75 per bag royalty.

Jurica is still in business with her specialized makeup bags and lives in Conroe. Her cosmetic bags have been featured in USA Today Best, Southern Bride Mag and Woman’s World. Aside from the makeup bags, Jurica also sells fanny packs, backpacks, totes and more.

Where to find them: Follow Meredith Jurica on Instagram at instagram.com/makeupjunkiebags or visit her website at makeupjunkiebags.com.

John Paul “JP” Roldan

Along with Cavazos, Roldan appeared on season 11 of “Ink Master.” The co-owner of tattoo shop Demon Ink in Houston did not make it very far in the competition. In the second and third episodes, Roldan was in the bottom three up for elimination.

He was able to be safe for the fourth episode, but was eliminated in the fifth episode after failing to tattoo a design on a model’s behind. He placed 14th out of 18 contestants.

Roldan is still tattooing away in Houston and has showcased some of his artwork at art shows in the Houston area. He recently has been working on a sculpture of a Hannya mask and plans on making replicas to sell.

Where to find them: Follow JP Roldan on Instagram at instagram.com/johnpaulroldan.

Clarissa Serna

A well-known person in Corpus Christi, Serna made her debut in 2014 on the sixth season of “The Voice.” Performing “Zombie” by The Cranberries, she had all four coaches turn their chairs in hopes she would join their team. Serna decided to go with Colombian singer Shakira.

During round two of Battles, Serna competed against her teammate Dani Moz to sing  “Perfect” by Pink. She was eliminated and no other coach attempted to steal her.

Serna has made a name for herself in her hometown, and still plays shows locally. She was an on-air radio personality for KKBA Rock 92.7 for five years and is currently the host for “Coastal Living” on KZTV, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m.

Where to find them: Follow Clarissa Serna on Instagram at instagram.com/clarissaserna.

Brooke Staricha

A former student of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Staricha went to compete at age 21 on the “cycle” six of “America’s Next Top Model,” hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks. On the show, Staricha described herself as a hippie because she didn’t like to wear makeup and loved being barefoot.

On the third episode, Staricha was the top model of the week for the photoshoot challenge where models had to pose with ice sculptures in cold conditions. Unfortunately, she had hit her peak and was eliminated five episodes later for not being able to transfer her strong features to a photo.

Staricha currently resides in Los Angeles and has been a hair model for Goldwell US. She modeled under her middle name Zenaida and has been featured in Elle Girl Magazine. Staricha also has walked several runways in her career, including Neiman Marcus and Escada.

Where to find them: Follow Brooke Staricha on Instagram at instagram.com/bzenver.


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John Oliva covers education and community news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times.  

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