Scrubbing toilets a wakeup call

 

Imagine one day having everything at your fingertips and the next getting your cellphone removed, your credit card stripped and your maid taken away.

Imagine one day having everything at your fingertips and the next getting your cellphone removed, your credit card stripped and your maid taken away.

That's the premise of VH1's You're Cut Off, when eight spoiled women get the surprise of their young lives -- mommy and daddy stop footing the bill for eight weeks. Time to learn some not so pretty lessons and become self-sufficient adults, with a little help from ``life coach'' Laura Baron.

Season 2 boots up 9 p.m. Monday, and we have a local in the mix: Jessica Koussevitzky, 24. The Coral Springs native comes from a renowned musical family -- she's the great niece of Sergei Koussevitzky, the music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and her grandfather was renowned cantor Moshe Koussevitzky.

We talked to the University of Central Florida grad by phone from her home in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Koussevitzky got duped into being on the show; the socialite tried out for what producers called America's Next It Girl. Jessica -- who has a closet just for shoes and drives around in a customized Mercedes -- was in for a surprise.

How was your time on the show?

It was definitely a new experience, without any cash and conveniences. It kicked my butt and took its toll. It was really tough at times -- when you watch the show you'll see the restrictions we had to go through.

What was the hardest part?

All of us girls were not used to taking care of ourselves 100 percent. We were now put in a situation where we had to cook and clean and get new jobs and live on a budget.

Did you ever think you were going to lose it?

Well, yeah. The cleaning is a new idea for me. Toilets are definitely disgusting! And having to check the prices on your groceries instead of grabbing what you want, that was a challenge.

How did you all get along?

You're dealing with seven other personalities going at it in the mix. There was a lot of drama. Think of it, eight girls and only one bathroom!

What are your plans now?

Before, I was in real estate, but now I'm going to see what I can do with this [new fame] -- maybe start a jewelry or fashion line.

What do your parents think?

They were supportive. They had cut me off because there were things that I needed to get out of this whole experience. I did so they are happy.

-- MADELEINE MARR

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