Reality TV

An unwitting pioneer, Heather began her non-scripted career in college in the late 1990s, back when reality tv was called gameshows.

It all started when she appeared on Contestant's Row on The Price is Right (snagging herself some nifty vinyl flooring and a year's supply of jam, true story).

In L.A. for the summer interviewing CEOs for Business Today magazine, she auditioned for the FOX dating hit STUDS on a dare, since good girls didn't show up on TV looking like sluts. If you knew her personality and her fashion sense, you'd not be surprised she was cast, went on two blind dates (parasailing with a nice-mannered young man and being part of a bar brawl in Tijuana with a not-so-nice-mannered surfer boy), was the "winner" of her episode, and enjoyed a new popularity at Princeton when it aired. Her gameshow career ended abruptly when she broke her ankle running across Sunset Blvd. in high heels for the taping of the show Greed (serves her right, no?)

All was good until Entertainment Weekly magazine published an article on STUDS and featured Heather in every. single. photo. looking as hideous as possible. Hoping to turn lemons into lemonade, Heather wrote a letter to the Editor-in-Chief demanding reparations and landed her first paying writing job.

When the first modern reality tv show debuted, Heather threw her hat in the casting ring once again and was a finalist for Season 3 of The Real World. While she never moved in with 6 strangers, she was called by producers for an adventure spin-off called Road Rules. After filming the pilot, Heather decided to elope in Vegas with a Scottish bartender she'd met at Walt Disney World on Spring Break rather than continue with the series.

Heather was lured out of retirement for Richard Branson's The Rebel Billionaire. Chosen as one of the "16 Best Entrepreneurs in America," she accompanied the adventurous business legend on a 50,000-mile trip around the world, alternately helping improve the lives of others (designing sustainable development initiatives in a South African village) and fearing for her own (rappelling out of a Black helicopter in a Moroccan sandstorm). She was also the first civilian mom to experience zero gravity aboard a "space plane," an experience she will never, ever repeat. Their journey was televised on Fox TV in 2004/2005 for an audience of 8 million viewers, and then broadcast in 20 other countries. As the third runner up, Heather appeared in every single episode and helped choose the winner, LoveSac's Shawn Nelson over Spanx's Sara Blakely (a choice she still stands behind).

Highlights of the show can still be found on YouTube, including this gem of a clip that features Heather worrying about the nipples on her Sumo suit: Rebel Billionaire in Japan.

After her brush with fame and PTSD, Heather launched a career helping other reality stars launch theirs. She’s written for almost a dozen reality stars including Housewives Lisa Vanderpump and Teresa Guidice, Jane Seymour, and the wrestlers from GLOW. She appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, recipe testing with Teresa and crying in a corner when Danielle's weave was pulled, and was mentioned on several RHONJ Reunions, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and The Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip.

Having experienced the chaos of reality tv first hand (threats against her children, being dragged into federal court cases...), Heather is delighted to be off screen, behind-the-scenes, helping others tell their amazing stories. She will never, ever go on a reality show again. Unless Oprah calls. Or fellow Princetonian Michelle Obama, because how could anyone refuse them?