Lee beat out almost 200 other contenders for the Face position. She believes her experience working in Los Angeles helped. Aside from freelance writing for outlets including MTV and People magazine, she also did everything from serving as a stand-in to acting in movies and TV shows.
"It's all about getting one job after the next," Lee said of Hollywood. "Steady gigs are almost impossible there."
She describes that time as interesting, educational, fun, and even shocking.
"It's a totally different culture in Hollywood," Lee said. "You have to be a pretty tough cookie to survive. They say if you make it past six months, it's a go. People generally find out in that time if they're cut out for it."
It's also expensive.
"You have to have a real part-time job, do something you probably never dreamed of doing," Lee said. "The rest of the time you're trying to get your parts and do what you love."
Ultimately she decided to return to Avon because her family is still there, along with creature comforts like the Pizza King Express and Frost Bite dairy bar.
"You miss things like that when you're gone, trust me," Lee said, adding Hoosier Hospitality is real too.
She sees herself staying for the time being. While she acknowledges you sometimes have to go where the work is, Indianapolis has grown exponentially, and creatively, in her view.
"I'm having a great time," Lee said.
She may be reached by calling 874-0381 or emailing TheFace@INDYTV.com. Lee also is on Facebook at Face of MyINDY-TV and Twitter @FaceofMyINDYTV.