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Former Miss NC to appear on new A&E reality TV show

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She's a former Miss North Carolina from the East and now you can watch her every week on a new reality TV show.

Goldsboro native Hailey Best won the coveted beauty crown in 2011.

She's since moved to New Jersey where she landed a job as an assistant for a celebrity psychic named Tia Belle. A&E is now featuring the duo on a new reality show called "Psychic Tia" where they reveal the future or dig up the past for a new client each week.

The show premieres Saturday night at 10 o'clock.

9 On Your Side's Katie Banks talked with Best today in our studio. See below for a taste of our Q&A:

What do you do for Tia?:

"I basically book her clients, follow-up with them, greet them when they come in and serve as her PR person in the shop. And after that, we found that A&E would like to do a show with us. So now we have our own show about Psychic Tia and what she does, and her psychic readings, her crossing-overs with deceased people and trying to make loved ones of those people feel more comfortable and content with what has happened in their lives. It's my job to make everything run smoothly."

What's it like working in her office?

"It's never a normal day in the shop. It's all kinds of different kinds of clients. We never know if it's going to be a young girl looking for love or Richard Pryor's son, who came in the shop one day to have a psychic reading with Tia, a crossing-over with his dad. So it's all different kinds of people and making everybody feel comfortable. Thank goodness my Southern roots help with that. But it's like making everybody feel like a family. Making them feel a part of the craft and what we do there."

How does this compare with your reign as Miss NC 2011?

"I'm interacting with different types of people every single day and I have to learn how to make every person feel like they've known me forever and make them feel warm and welcome. And I think Miss North Carolina prepared me for that and now national TV is just kind of like being on a stage. I've grown up on the stage doing musical theater, so it's a different kind of audience. It's not an immediate response. But I hope they're entertained by me and Tia and what we do."

Are you prepared to handle reality TV show fame?

"I am completely unaware about what's going to happen after this airs. And I'm just going to have take it one day at a time and take everything with a grain of salt. And I think most importantly, no matter what happens, whether I have instant fame or none at all, remaining true to who I am is always number one. Most important to me - through Miss North Carolina, Miss America, filming Psychic Tia and all in between. It's so important to remember where I came from and why I got to where I am. It's all about my roots in North Carolina and my support system from here."

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