Meet the Cast

Jillian’s Favorites

Color: Jewel-toned blue

Actress: Reese Witherspoon

Actor: Jason Bateman

Movie genre: Pseudo-science health docs on Netflix and psychological thrillers

Music genre: Indie Rock

Musical artist: Justin Timberlake 4evaaa! (And Kimbra)

TV show: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Ozark, Big Little Lies, The Office

Food: Anything spicy!

Hobbies: Making graphics and videos! I also love to decorate.

How I would spend an ideal day: Relaxing with my family

Something about me that would surprise people: On another show I wrestled an alligator. I won.

 

Jillian

I grew up in Florida with my family and loved being near the beach. I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a double major in Philosophy and Communication. After graduating I was a creative director at a church for a few years, and then worked as an afternoon anchor for my local NBC news station. Several opportunities for local commercials and hosting have come from those experiences.

Apart from hosting Real Life 101 I work in communications for a network of clinics. I also do freelance graphic design. In my free time I love having coffee with my best friends, going to the beach, and working on creative art projects. It’s so important to stay active with your hobbies as a stress reliever!

I’m really not that old (I think), but I have had quite a few odd jobs and a handful of incredible jobs. Since I was fourteen I have done everything from being a coffee shop manager, a nanny, a traveling live video tech for conferences, a graphic designer, a social media manager, a news traffic anchor, and of course, a television host. I have basically pursued whatever interested me at the time. Now that I’m sort of settled with life I realize that what I’m doing now is what I want to do for the long-haul. Sometimes you have to dabble in a few things to find what your passion is.

When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror ask yourself, “What do I feel like doing today?” Then do that. Find a way to make money doing whatever it is you’re interested in. Go and interview (or buy lunch for) a person who is successful in that industry. People always are willing to talk about themselves and how they got to be so successful. Be willing to take an entry-level position and work your way up; and of course, always pursue more education!

Thank you so much for spending time with us on Real Life 101. Your support means a lot! I hope that you watch an episode that sparks your interest in a career. Who knows? Maybe one day we’ll be interviewing you and your profession. 🙂

Shawn

Shawn’s Favorites

Color: Turquoise

Actress: Meryl Streep

Actor: Denzel Washington

Movie genre: Horror/action… pretty much anything

Music genre: Reggaeton/Hip Hop and R&B

Musical artist: Maroon 5, Pharrell, and Rihanna

TV show: How to Get Away with Murder and Top Chef

Food: Hmmm… anything, mostly Spanish

Hobbies: Dancing, shopping, traveling and sleeping (ha!)

How I would spend an ideal day: At the beach with my closest friends and family—jet-skiing, tanning and grubbing down some great burgers while scoping out all the beautiful people, of course! LOL

Something about me that would surprise people: Well, people might assume that since I’m a host on this show, I’m comfortable in front of the camera. Though I love my job and acting, I’m actually very camera shy! Haha! I don’t know why, but I’d rather be thrown in a room of 100 strangers and be forced to make friends than be in front of a camera… but with the help of the production team, they keep me pretty mellow and relaxed. Surprise!

 

Shawn

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Florida when I was about 11. Had lived in Florida majority of my life, met lots of people and experienced some awesome things up into my 20s. I wanted a slight bit of a change so packed up and move to the BIG City…NEW YORK CITY when I was 26 and have been here ever since! I’ve always been a really outgoing person and love to joke around and always had a strong passion to become and actor and/or dancer. Being that I have a very diverse background; I’m Puerto Rican, Brazilian and African American, dancing is a very big thing with my family and friends and with my culture and I love it! I think I’ve followed acting a little more, though! You meet awesome people like my co-host and production team and you just have the time of your life learning new things about the world and other people everyday! 

After living in Orlando for some time I had the chance to really get into my zone of adult life and really experience the different opportunities that are out there for me. Still a huge fan of acting and movies, etc., though my love of fashion has started to overshadow a lot. So took what I learn working in the fashion industry from Orlando with me to NYC. Working with top designer clothing stores while modeling at the same time has giving me a new found respect for fashion, different styles and trends. I must say I love throwing things together and seeing what I come out with! Living in NYC has open the doors for me in so many ways in the fashion world. I am now a full-time visual merchandiser and stylist for some of the biggest names and designer companies in the world. Mother always said find something you love and make it your career, and I’m happy to say I have. At the same time, me being a people person has its advantages also. Started school majoring in Marketing and Advertising mainly because I’m big into networking. Love meeting different people from different backgrounds and with the help of school it’s helped me into getting where I’m at today and hopefully takes me a lot farther!

In my spare time, I love just relaxing with my friends and going to the beach. My friends and family mean a lot to me and they’ve always been there and supported me in everything I’ve done – love you all!

This experience being involved with such great people while working on Real Life 101 has been amazing! The people we interview and the things I learn have opened up my eyes to lots of great jobs out there that people do every day! To our fans and devoted viewers… good luck in everything you do! I hope my co-hosts and I can help you decide where you want to be in life and inspire you to work your hardest to get there. The sky’s the limit and you can do whatever you want if you put your mind into it! Thanks a lot for the support and keep watching!

Helena

Helena’s Favorites

Color: Yellow

Actress: Charlize Theron (she does her own stunts!)

Movie genre: Action

Music genre: Pop and Jazz

Musical artist: Ariana Grande

TV show: The Office

Food: I’m a vegetarian! I make mean sweet potato fries!

Hobbies: Yoga, weightlifting, singing, wine tasting, hanging out with my two perfect cats

How I would spend an ideal day: Early morning yoga on the beach followed by a relaxing day with friends, good food, and somewhere along the way I adopt four new cats!

Something about me that would surprise people: My favorite fighting style is sword and shield. I can also shoot an arrow from horseback! (Game of Thrones, feel free to call anytime!)

 

Helena

I grew up in the beautiful little fishing village of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and was instantly introduced to the business. Born into a family of performers—my father is a technical director and lighting designer for the stage, and my mother is an actress and acting teacher—I have been blessed with their support in my pursuit of the arts. I grew up surrounded by actors and did my homework offstage at my mother’s rehearsals. Eventually and inevitably, I fell in love with both sides of the craft—I spent summers with my father backstage as his Assistant Stage Manager and the school year learning from my mother as her student. The bug even bit my little sister, who is pursuing a degree in stage management!

I graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BFA in Acting, and spent my last year in Florida as a company intern at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. I am also a dedicated stage combat artist, with 6 weapon certifications from the Society of American Fight Directors. I plan to be a certified teacher and pursue stunt work for stage and film. Real Life 101 fell into my lap, and I have been so blessed with the opportunity to share this next season with you! There are so many jobs and adventures out there for you, and I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!