I’ve lived and breathed TV since I can remember.
Not only do I watch an indecent amount (my IQ box is permanently heaving), I’ve written about television for a variety of magazines, newspapers and websites over the past two decades.
Now I’m also podcasting about it each week with The Binge here at the Mamamia network.
And my favourite genre? Reality TV. I’ve watched every Real Housewife franchise, am an My Kitchen Rules fanatic, cancel my plans to stay in and watch Married at First Sight and am such a Survivor superfan I have a Jeff Probst bobble head doll on my desk.
But if you’d told me at the start of my journalism career I’d one day be the star of a reality TV show myself, I’d have laughed in your face.
It was an innocuous enough meeting request in 2011 which kick-started a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it chapter in my working life I still get the chuckles about.
Listen to Tiffany Dunk tell Laura Brodnik all about her crazy reality TV experience on the latest episode of The Binge
Back then I was the editor of DOLLY magazine (aka the best job in the universe) and upon arriving at that meeting I was told Foxtel was interested in making a reality series revolving around what happened in the offices of the magazine.
And of course, I would have to be in it.
Every fibre of my being screamed this was a terrible idea. I hate to break it to you, but I may be the most unglamourous magazine editor to have ever trodden the planet.
When I wasn’t sitting barefooted and make-up free in my tiny office with its stained carpet and mismatched desk chairs, you’d likely find me spilling coffee and food all over my chain-store outfits, dropping things and suffering a serious case of foot-in-the-mouth-itis.