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

The Fayetteville cast member Kelly Smith Beaty is the African American in the back by the tree pretending to be reading something.

The Fayetteville cast member Kelly Smith Beaty is the African American in the back by the tree pretending to be reading something.

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.”

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yamama

August 26th, 2010
1:22 pm

um, Rodney…I think you might be pointing out the wrong lady in the picture. I think if she went to Spellman and was in Delta Sigma Theta I don’t think she is the one pretending to read something….

yamama

August 26th, 2010
1:23 pm

oh never mind. I was looking at the wrong “pretending to read something!!!” sorry

Rodney Ho

August 26th, 2010
1:25 pm

I added her ethnicity to clarify things because yes, there’s also a blonde by a tree pretending to read as well to the right.

war eagle

August 26th, 2010
2:07 pm

amazing how our society is now down to pointing out who the Africans are. next week we point out the mexicans, the chinese, the eskimos, the Mohawks, the Navajo, the Penobscot and the Mandan indidans. WHO CARES! If you are not an American-LEAVE! and take Obama with you.

Thicouldbegood

August 26th, 2010
2:13 pm

I went to school with her and if she is anything like she was in school then people are in for a treat…

Hmmm, what's wrong with this quote...

August 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

…”she was laid off. She was recently named one of the city’s “Power 30 Under 30.” Yeah, real power living with her folks. If she were not A-A she would just be another laid off worker – now, she has a chance, and only in Atlanta, mecca for A-A, would she have this chance to be unemployed and still an up and comer…

Thicouldbegood

August 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

I am pretty sure she got this award before she was laid off…. She has done other things besides working as well… Know your facts first before you spew off at the keyboard….

Andy

August 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

I’m a nearly 30 year old man who got a college degree from a highly prestigious university and have to work meaningless call-center jobs and yet I didn’t get on the Apprentice, but this girl does? Boo-freakin’-hoo to her.

exnuyawker

August 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Why can’t people just be happy for others. Stop the hatred!!

Eddie43

August 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

Just to be clear, she is the one standing with the 3 Caucasian (not white) men near her.

rya'llserious???

August 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

ummm, first of all black, white or other does it really matter? Or are you just mad because you have chosen to do so little with your life and this young lady has taken her obstacles and done more than overcome them…….she’s about to make more POWER moves while you sit on your computer with your hateful attitude and let us all know how sorry your life obviously is. As far as those of you with your prestigious university degrees and meaningless jobs….you may want to take notes from this Power 30 under 30….she may be able to help you figure out what you’re doing wrong! Hats off to my fellow Atlantan doing big things and ALL OF THE UNEMPLOYED CONTESTANTS OF ALL RACES AND ETHNICITIES ON THE SHOW WHO CHOSE TO KEEP GOING IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY!! Can’t wait to watch!

Andy

August 26th, 2010
5:51 pm

The problem is not what I’m doing and I didn’t ‘choose’ to work at a call center. You end up working the jobs recruiters/HR feel ‘you quality for,’ not jobs that you have training for or would challenge you. I think a lot of people would agree with me that underemployment/underutilization is a huge problem in our country.

Typing in all caps does not prove anything and does not make you right. I doubt very seriously I would learn anything from her if judging by you. The fact that she a) worked for the governor’s office, b) ranked on the “30 Under 30″ list and c) had a job with a public relations firm would only tell me she is able to make the most of what she has, not she is any different or any better than me.

Vod Kanockers

August 26th, 2010
7:51 pm

Why wasn’t I chosen?

Wild Bill Kelso

August 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

Why wasn’t Vod Kanockers chosen?

rya'llserious???

August 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

well clearly the job recruiters and HR feel that you are qualified for very little. And for the record this young lady obviously did not leave her future in the hands of others…that’s what you could learn from her. Waiting for someone else to move your career along will keep you exactly where you are and if you can’t see what you could learn from such an ambitious indiviual then you will continue to whine and complain about your situation like most of this country rather than stepping up to the plate and making it happen. The fact that she has been able to do this and you have not MAKES HER VERY DIFFERENT FROM YOU. LOL, quite frankly I would say it makes her BETTER THAN YOU! :) . I dont see anywhere in her bio where she has worked a meaningless job even in this era of “underemployment and underutilization” as you have so eloquently whined about it. So maybe when you are ready to actually learn something as opposed to whine (have I used that word enough?) about what you have not been given…you may find yourself actually putting that prestigious degree to use. Or at least making enough money to pay back your student loans. ;)

Donald Trump

August 27th, 2010
6:28 am

Vod Kanockers is the winner. As for the rest of you losers…….You’re Fired! Leave now and never come back. Get a job at the Walmart on Bankhead Highway with disgraced former WGST PD Dandy Randy Bloomquist.

Andy

August 27th, 2010
7:02 am

ry’allserious??, you do not know me nor do you know what I can do or can’t do. I think you need to rethink your comments.

Perhaps Kelly Smith Beaty does deserve the best of luck. Having your career search on national TV is a tough move to make, especially since she could have landed a similar position anywhere else very easily if she were so ‘ambitious.’ Surely working for Donald Trump can’t be any worse than working for Sonny Perdue. At least Donald Trump isn’t building a goldfish pond. He’s building a golf course with a goldfish pond, but not just a goldfish pond.

alan funt

August 27th, 2010
7:21 am

I wonder if she would also consider working with that jennifer anniston film in north ga _ might boost the ratings !

Kat

August 27th, 2010
9:07 am

I don’t think I’d want my bio to state that I had a meaningless job even if I had had one! Kudos to her for making the show, but especially for all of the philanthropic things she has on her plate.

Delight23

August 27th, 2010
11:36 am

@Kat: you said what I was thinking in terms of philanthropic spirit. Throughout her young career she also focused on helping others. Had not even purchased her first home yet. That in and of itself deserves applause in this society of babies inhabitting adult bodies with their “ME ME ME”, What about me?” cries of jealousy.

Clearly she made it through the casting call that was open to ALL, because she possesed something the producers wanted.

I believe this season will shed some light on what the truly unemployed look like in terms of education and credientials. The market is flooded with BAs, BSs, MBAs, etc., not just Bubba who use to pump gas at the local BP.

The flippant “get a job” will slowly fall to the wayside (albeit temporarily) as many more with become without. Numbers are going to dip sharply before they increase.

radiobaby

August 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

Um….why is she referred to as a “gal” in the headline? Are you aware of the derogative connotation associated with the term “gal”? Please educate yourself and staffers. Its the equivalent of calling you “oriental”….

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2010
12:24 pm

Sorry. I’m 41 years old. I’ve never known “gal” to be remotely derogatory, any more than “guy.” Casual, yes. Derogatory? I had no idea!

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

I just did some research on the word and it apparently has some history with slave women many decades ago. So apparently, for some, it has some residual negativity to it. So my apologies. I changed the headline to something far more innocuous (unless you have something against PR people!)

radiobaby

August 27th, 2010
2:01 pm

“Gal” was also used throughout the Jim Crow era to demean black women. Such was the case with term “boy” in referring to a black man. These terms still offend people, much like the earlier example I gave you in referring to Asian people. Thank you for changing the headline.

Rodney Ho

August 27th, 2010
2:35 pm

I am fully aware of the “boy” reference as demeaning to black men in that era but had no clue about the “gal” reference, to be honest. My reference point is the “guy/gal” pairing, which always felt innocuous to me. “Guys on this side of the gym, gals on the other.”

paperclip

August 27th, 2010
9:22 pm

Rodney, thanks for your professionalism in responding to the explanation of “gal” & “boy.” Also, I enjoy reading your material and thanks for keeping us “radio nerds” informed!