Unemployed, recession-bit cast of upcoming 'Apprentice' includes a PR specialist from Fayetteville

By RODNEY HO, filed August 27, 2010

I just received the cast of the upcoming "Apprentice" on NBC, the first in three years featuring non celebrities. It debuts Sept. 16 at 9 p.m.

The angle this time: everyone has suffered due to the recession and are seeking redemption. The cast is dubbed "economically challenged" in the press release. The show came to Atlanta a few months ago for casting, and I'm glad we ended up with at least one Georgia representative. Here's the bio provided by NBC for Kelly Smith Beaty from Fayettevillle:

Born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia, she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Spelman College and her Masters in Public Communication from American University. Beaty worked in the press office for the Governor of Georgia and was previously employed in the Atlanta office of a global public relations firm, where she was laid off. She was recently named one of the city's "Power 30 Under 30." Her expectation of purchasing her dream condo and car on her 30th birthday was abandoned when she lost her job, and now lives with her parents. Beaty is an avid supporter of "Living Water For Girls," which is a rehab center that rescues and restores abused girls. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,Inc., a public service organization, and is a founding member of the "Next Wave Society," the young professionals auxiliary of the world famous Georgia Aquarium.

I'll interview her closer to the launch date once I see a screener.

I did a quick Web search of her. She recently launched a "Singles Salon" website and trademarked the word "Singlelista." She worked at Edelman PR as recently as last year as an account supervisor and was part of this "Power 30 Under 30."