Always Late TV Presents: Local Ambition
Local Ambition is one part reality series and one part soap opera. The St. Louis, Missouri based web series combines aspects of both genres to create one of the most unique viewing experiences you’ll find anywhere. The show features modeling reality series standards like photo shoots and confessionals, but dramatic soap opera elements are thrown in to keep viewers entertained during the competition.
The show’s premise features eleven local women from St. Louis competing in a series of themed photo shoots and challenges with bi-weekly eliminations until a winner is determined.
Local Ambition premiered September 18 and two episodes are currently available. Chelsi, and her sidekick Mackenzie, told producers that Jessica was becoming a problem behind the scenes. They said that she was trying to talk cast members out of participating this season to try to gain an advantage. Producers did not like hearing about this and decided to look into the matter. Viewers would learn Jessica’s fate on the September 25 edition of Local Ambition during the first elimination of the season.
Nikki Serenity may have more modeling experience than the rest of her cast mates, but she is seen as the “quiet girl.” Not one to rock the boat, Nikki prefers to stay in the background and focus on the competition rather than forming alliances and getting involved in drama. This proves to be easier said than done as the drama intensifies throughout the season. Nikki will have to decide how she plans on dealing with the growing conflicts between everyone else on the show.
Last year, Nikki tried out for Local Ambition’s 5th season but wasn’t picked. Undaunted, she threw herself completely into modeling and learned as much as she could. She wanted to be ready for the next casting call to secure her spot on the world’s most interesting modeling competition. A+er participating in almost 200 photo shoots last year, Nikki found the confidence and the edge she needed to impress producers and make it on this year’s cast.
While Nikki does her best to avoid drama on the show, Jessica has done the opposite. It’s harder for her character to avoid confrontations as she is more focused on proving herself to others and establishing relationships with her cast mates.
From the very beginning of the season, Jessica finds her position on Local Ambition in jeopardy as two of her cast mates try to get her kicked off by spreading a rumor about her. Jessica’s fate rests in the hands of management who will investigate the rumors to see if they are true or not.
Outside of the show, Jessica is one of the most multi-talented members of the cast. She is just as interested with being behind the camera as she is being in front of it. Jessica is a photographer and filmmaker. She has set up several photo shoots with local models in, and around, the St. Louis area and directed short films.
Tia is one of the most charismatic women to ever appear on the show. What she lacked in modeling experience when she began the season, she more than made up for in personality and determination.
During filming, she attended high school in St. Louis and worked two jobs in order to save up enough money to live on her own. Tia’s work ethic and positive attitude were two things that have helped her in life and on Local Ambition.
Tia was also involved in her high school’s theater club landing roles in productions of Grease and the Little Mermaid. Instead of donning the iconic mermaid flippers, Tia was cast as Sebastian the Crab due to her amazing sense of humor and acting range.
Chelsi takes the term “blonde ambition” to a new level. This 19-year old Granite City, Illinois native is passionate about modeling and wants to make a career of it.
A friend of Chelsi’s shared the link to Always Late TV’s application for 2017’s season of Local Ambition on her Facebook page. She wasn’t sure if she could do it and almost didn’t fill it out. Eventually, she decided to give it a shot and see what happens. Producers loved her look and striking personality. It was a combination that was too good to pass up.
When she was asked, “What strengths do you have?” Chelsi replied, “I have a lot of strengths. I’m very confident,” and it shows in every photo she takes. Confidence is important factor on a show like Local Ambition. The producers can believe in you all they want, but you have to feel it yourself and Chelsi has confidence in spades.
As a cast member on Local Ambition, her confidence has gotten her in her fair share of drama. At times, she has been at the center of it, but she remains focused on winning.
From an early age, Nana knew that she had to be strong in order to survive. Not knowing who her father was, Nana lived with her mother in an abusive household until she was 13. At that point, her mother kicked her out and she spent several years living on the streets of St. Louis. While she was homeless, she would look at the tall skyscrapers and city lights and dream of a better future. Nana says that the time she spent on the streets made St. Louis “part of her soul.”
Eventually, her mother would find her and sent her to a juvenile rehabilitation center for troubled teens. Having never committed a crime, Nana had to adjust to living with teenagers who had been in trouble with the law. Scheduled meal times, curfews, and counseling sessions became a regular part of Nana’s life.
When her time at the rehabilitation center was over, Nana was picked up by the relative of a friend she met at the center. “I took the wrong ride,” she said, recalling the events that took place after she was picked up. What was a simple ride home turned into a kidnapping. She did everything she could to escape another abusive environment and found safety in the streets of St. Louis once again.
Nana said, “I never got the love I deserved growing up.” As an adult, Nana was finally introduced to her father – whom she had not seen her entire life. “He lived in a house right around the area I slept in when I was homeless,” she said.
Throughout her life, Nana was always misunderstood and wanted to find an outlet for her creativity. This year, she found an ad online for the casting call for Local Ambition’s sixth season. She showed up and the producers fell in love with her and were touched by her story.
Local Ambition will be hosted this season by last year’s winner, Colie Lewis. Colie is one of the most talented and versatile individuals in the Always Late TV family. Not only can she model, but she’s also an actress, special effects makeup artist, modeling coach, and media ambassador to the show. “There’s nothing she can’t do,” says Local Ambition’s creator, Kevin Edwards.
The photographers for this season are Brad Prime and Loki Wilson. Colie Lewis, last year’s winner, is returning to the show as its host. St. Louis music producer, Sybil Smith, is the regular judge for Local Ambition.
The sixth season of Local Ambition airs Monday nights online @ www.alwayslatetv.com.