When you're on a reality show, winning seems like everything. But as many contestants discover, getting mass exposure every week — or multiple times a week — is already a huge prize. It really is about how you use that popularity to help the next stage of your career, whether it's still in front of the cameras or in another field. And it probably helps if you got the positive edit on the show. Keep reading to see the stars who became household names during their first runs on TV, and who are still making waves in the industry now.
-Additional reporting by Holley Gawne