Is being a high-powered socialite considered a job? Now that we’ve gotten a taste of Southern Charm: New Orleans, let’s dive deeper and find out what exactly the cast does for a living when they’re not on the show.
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Jon is a highly successful artist who has received praise from everyone from Cardi B to Joe Biden. His work has been commissioned for shows like Empire and Star, as well as for the movie Black Panther. His paintings have even been shown in the White House. Jon has said that his mission is to bring awareness to social and economic issues through art, as well as to show that you can be both an athlete and an artist. In other words, you CAN have it all.
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Reagan comes from a prominent family in New Orleans. With ancestry dating back to the 1700’s, her family is known for owning a famous art gallery in the French Quarter, as well as for creating the official cocktail of New Orleans, The Sazerac, which we can only respect. In addition to being a full-time law student, Reagan is an artist and jewelry designer. In 2012, the same year that she married her Southern Charm New Orleans co-star, Jeff Charleston, she started her own business selling jewelry inspired by her family history.
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Jeff Charleston is a former football player who played for the New Orlean Saints from 2008-2011. After helping bring the team a Super Bowl win, he briefly switched teams and played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being let go. With football in the past, Jeff has taken an interest in weightlifting and has become a certified Olympic weightlifting coach.
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Justin Reese is already somewhat known in New Orleans for being the son of Dottie Reese, a civil rights activist and law firm owner, and Kern Reese, a New Orleans civil district judge. Justin has followed in his parent’s footsteps by becoming a personal injury lawyer at a firm called The King Firm. He’s also a sports agent and a certified contract advisor for the NFL Players Association.
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Southern Charm: New Orleans isn’t Tamica’s first foray into television, as she currently co-hosts WGNO-New Orleans local news program News with a Twist. Set in a bar, the show features Tamica and her co-hosts highlighting New Orleans culture and discussing local news stories. Prior to that, the mom of two cheered for The New Orleans Saintsations and was a traffic anchor for a local news station. But you probably already know that as her costar Reagan perfectly put it during a heated exchange, “You’re the traffic girl? Then you know the rule - stay in your f*--ing lane!”
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Joining Tamica on the show is her husband and local fitness guru, Barry Smith. Barry is the owner of FUEL Fitness Centre and a certified personal trainer. In the trailer for the show, we see Barry high-fiving a client and saying “Ready to sweat?”, before cutting to a racy shot of him taking a shower. I don’t know much about being a personal trainer, but with a peach like that, who needs Real Housewives of Atlanta?