Make Up Artist Cassandra Hinley pictured at her Mullumbimby home.
Make Up Artist Cassandra Hinley pictured at her Mullumbimby home. Patrick Gorbunovs

Search on for Priscilla

MAIN ARM make-up artist Cassie Hanlon has stepped out from behind the scenes to take an on-screen role in the I Will Survive reality TV program that will air from next month.

The 48-year-old former model has worked on numerous productions in her more than 25 years in the entertainment industry, including acclaimed movies like Star Wars, Two Hands, Narnia and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

But as the head make-up artist on the lavish new Channel Ten program, Cassie will also be seen interviewing each contestant as she spends up to 1 1/2 hours transforming them into outrageous draq queens.

The program searches for a triple treat - singer, dancer and actor - who will ultimately land a role in the blockbuster Australian musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert on Broadway, as well as $250,000 in cash.

"I was a bit nervous at first but I got used to it," Cassie says of her step into the limelight.

The mother of one believes the program is unique and hopes it will strike a chord with Australians.

"There's nothing like this on TV. They'll get drawn into it because it's so much fun," she said.

"Compared to all these other reality shows that are quite bland, this is really entertaining.

"This job, I laughed all day, every day."

She and a production team of 90 travelled around outback towns for six weeks filming the show.

At each centre the contestants arrive in the Priscilla bus and perform in the main street in full drag. Resident judges are Priscilla writer and director Stephan Elliott and actor, singer and dancer Jason Donovan.

They are joined throughout the series by high-profile guest judges including Toni Collette, Asher Keddie and Magda Szubanski.

And keep your eyes peeled for Lismore fashion designer and drag queen Michael Gates' unique sculpture wigs made from foam and paint which will also appear in the show.