TAMPA - Tina James
had never seen HGTV
's "House Hunters" before she
started a quest to find her
But after a friend suggested she
apply to be on the popular series James
became a fan.
going to be featured on an episode.
"It was a good experience because I was looking for a home anyway," says James, who is an education programs manager for the Patel Conservatory in Tampa.
The episode, which was taped last year (with a follow-up visit in February), airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
, 33, who is single, says she
started looking for a home after landing a job at Patel
She was bouncing back after being laid off from her previous job as the community relations director for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
says the layoff was a tough blow and she
was out of work from about 10 weeks.
had been saving for that first home.
"I couldn't decide if I wanted a townhouse or a condo or a home," she
James, who grew up in West Palm Beach, is a 2000 graduate of the University of South Florida where she majored in mass communications.
She worked for the Orlando Magic for two years and at Nickelodeon Games and Sports in Orlando.
She also was communications manager for United Arts of Central Florida.
says while the depressed housing market presents a lot of bargains for home buyers, the downturn in the economy doesn't inspire confidence in job security.
was on a tight budget when the home search began.
says the film crew returned after she
had been in her
new home a few weeks.
"Everything has worked out fine so far," she