Dream becomes glittery reality

SUNSHINE Coast It Girl Julia Guerin is set to become a reality TV star.

The former Maroochydore High School student is on the Gold Coast for a pilot of PLAN B FAMiLY, which starts filming tomorrow.

The show is being touted as a mash-up of Big Brother, Jersey Shore and Entourage, set on Queensland's very own glitter strip.

The concept was created by brothers Shawn and Shane Chapman, owners of Plan B Party Tours, and will showcase the surf culture and nightlife of the area.

Julia's journey began when she looked at a website for modelling and promotional work to make some extra cash.

The full-time flight attendant has always had acting aspirations, but decided to follow her dream of flying the skies instead.

But now it looks as if Julia might be able to have it all.

"I think it was really meant to be," Julia said.

"It was all down to the timing - it was because I answered the ad on that particular day that it all worked out."

But according to executive producer of PLAN B FAMiLY, Shawn Chapman, timing only played a small part in Julia's luck.

"Julia stood out from the crowd because she had really good energy," Shawn said.

"She is of course extremely attractive, but her down-to-earth nature made her the perfect package."

After responding to the ad, Julia was asked to attend an interview and was shortlisted for an audition the following week.

When the producers had narrowed the girls down to 15, they were all invited to a night out to meet the people behind the show and make a lasting impression.

Julia worked a normal shift the day of the party and expected to be back in Brisbane in plenty of time but her crew was grounded in Charleville and she was 750km from where she needed to be.

She finally arrived at the party at 1am, and the next day she was told that the job was hers. The show will centre around five girls and five guys living together in a luxury apartment among the hustle and bustle of the Gold Coast.

They will work together and against each other in challenges including selling tickets and hosting "party nights" and will be judged on their talents and ability to organise such events.

Julia says the role is a perfect fit for her and her love of socialising and partying. She is drumming up support from her friends on the Sunshine Coast and rapidly forming her own fan base.

She has yet to meet the male contestants, but has spent time with all the girls. She says the group gets along fairly well but admits that it's quite easy to spot some potential dramas unfolding.

Once the pilot is ready, it will be released on YouTube and sent to TV networks including MTV in an effort to get the show on air.

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