10 reality celebrities who are based in Corpus Christi

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

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

We’ve compiled a list of local celebrities to remind us of where they took their television break and to let you know what they’ve been up to so far. Who knows? Maybe you went to school with them, worked together, or met them in the supermarket.

Joseph “Jowee B” Brock

Corpus Christi cook Joe Brock will be featured in the Food Network's Ultimate Summer Cook-Off.  The four-part tournament premiered on August 5th.

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

He later appeared in the Food Network miniseries “Ultimate Summer Cook-Off”, where he took third place. Sticking to its fish oil tradition led to its decline in competition. He wrote to his mother as his inspiration in participating in both shows.

Jowee B currently works at The Lookout in Bluffs Landing Marina and Lodge in Flour Bluff. He will appear in the June “Cook Local” video series presented by NEC Co-op Energy and Grow Local South Texas. The series will feature local chefs who cook “amazing but easily accessible dishes using local ingredients”.

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

Tammie Brown

Tammie Brown

Who knew Corpus Christi had someone from kings? Drag Queen Tammie Brown’s first appearance in the first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” was in 2009. Born Keith Glen Schubert finished eighth in the first season, but made a name for himself in the drag community.

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

Brown has since gained notoriety in the LGBT and drag community, producing three albums, an EP, as well as a web series and a vacation special. Brown will be featured exclusively on OUTtv USA, a video-on-demand subscription service for premium LGBTQ + content, on The Sherry Vine Variety Show on May 25th.

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

Jess Cavazos

Corpus Christi tattoo artist Jess Cavazos is featured in the final season of

The local tattoo artist Jess Cavazos appeared in the 11th season of “Ink Master”. Known for his positive attitude towards the reality competition program, Cavazos specializes in realism with his tattoo art. He finished ninth on the show after failing to freehand a tattoo design successfully.

Cavazos, a self-known slow-moving tattoo artist, just wasn’t able to produce a great tattoo in one crunch.

Cavazos is currently tattooing at Black Lantern Tattoo at 5230 Kostoryz Road. He is a talented artist who is still focused on realism and is constantly booked with appointments. Cavazos recently tattooed Peyton Barber, a throwback 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

Former Corpus Christi Indians Colin Guinn and Christie Woods were legendary attendees

These life partners appeared in the fifth season of “The Amazing Race” on TV, where they took second place. Known for their aggressiveness, the couple changed their behavior when they returned for season 31, advertised as “The Amazing Race: Reality Showdown”.

Guinn and Woods competed against previous teams from The Amazing Race, teams from “Big Brother” and teams from “Survivor”. The life partners could win the competition and win $ 1 million.

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

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

Jake Hoot


Born in Corpus Christi, he was the son of missionaries all over the world. Hoot grew up in Texas, moving to the Dominican Republic at 9 and Tennessee at 20. While in the Dominican Republic, Hoot learned to play the guitar.

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

Still living in Tennessee, Hoot has released an EP and four singles. His EP, released in January 2021, includes a song starring 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

Calallen High School graduate Meredith Jurica will be one of 100 candidates featured in ABC's Shark Tank final season.  It will appear in season 10, episode 11, Saturday, January 20th.

A graduate of Calallen High School in 2003, Jurica premiered on television when she was on season 10 of “Shark Tank.” She was the first candidate in episode 11 to showcase her business product, Makeup Junkie Bags.

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

Jurica is still in the business of her special makeup bags and lives in Conroe. Her cosmetic bags have been featured in USA Today Best, Southern Bride Mag, and Woman’s World. In addition to makeup bags, Jurica also sells fanny packs, backpacks, tote bags 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

John Paul

Roldan appeared with Cavazos in season 11 of “Ink Master”. The co-owner of the Demon Ink tattoo shop in Houston didn’t make it very far in the competition. In the second and third episodes, Roldan was in the bottom three 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 back. He finished 14th out of 18 participants.

Roldan still tattoos in Houston and has shown some of his artwork at art shows in the Houston area. He recently worked on a Hannya mask sculpture and plans to make replicas for sale.

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

Clarissa Serna

Clarissa Serna will perform on the second day of the Fiesta de la Flor on Saturday May 7th, 2016.

Serna, a well-known figure in Corpus Christi, made her debut on season six of “The Voice” in 2014. When she performed “Zombie” from The Cranberries, she had all four coaches swivel their chairs in hopes that she would join her team. Serna chose the Colombian singer Shakira.

During the second round of battles, Serna competed against her teammate Dani Moz to sing “Perfect” by Pink. She was eliminated and no other coach tried to steal her.

Serna made a name for herself in her hometown and still plays shows on location. She was an on-air radio personality for KKBA Rock 92.7 for five years and is currently the host of “Coastal Living” on KZTV, which airs at 9:00 am on weekdays

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

Brooke Staricha

Brooke Staricha was a 2006 sixth cycle contestant for America's Next Top Model.  She finished seventh in the competition.

Staricha, a former student at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, attended “Cycle” 6 of America’s Next Top Model, hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks, at age 21. On the show, Staricha described herself as a hippie because she didn’t wear makeup and loved being barefoot.

In the third episode, Staricha was the top model of the week for the photo shoot challenge, in which models had to pose with ice sculptures in cold conditions. Unfortunately, she had peaked and was eliminated five episodes later because she couldn’t translate her strong facial features onto a photo.

Staricha currently lives in Los Angeles and was a hair model for Goldwell US. She modeled under her middle name Zenaida and was featured in Elle Girl Magazine. Staricha has also run 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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