(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Sept. 17, 2012) - - - Kayla Carolus completed Columbia State Community College’s Commercial Entertainment program, and then reality hit. It hit in a good way when she landed a role in the new CMT reality show Redneck Rehab.

Redneck Rehab, hosted by actor Tom Arnold, stages ‘family interventions’ to get someone who has strayed to return to their redneck ways. The Carolus Family episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, Sept. 29 on CMT.

Carolus, who has known that show business was her passion since she was young, entered the Commercial Entertainment program, offered exclusively at the Williamson County campus of Columbia State, to begin to shape her natural talent into a versatile career. The unique program draws students with talent in acting, dancing, singing and songwriting. Students in the program gain strength in each area, leaving them able to compete more effectively at auditions. 

“When it comes to trying out for work, the more versatile your skill set, the more likely you are to be chosen,” said program director, Cathy Hudnall.

The Carolus family was obviously game for the reality show. The episode “documents” Carolus’ journey from small town dancer as she gets to the bright lights of Nashville, leaving behind her redneck family and a lovesick boyfriend.

Will Carolus return to her roots? Or will she follow her dream? You will have to tune in to the episode on Sept. 29 on CMT.

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