She did a test shoot, then eventually moved to Southern California and was featured as Playboy At age 20, Nguyen acted on her interest in rock music and started looking for bands willing to let her join.She eventually assembled a band called Beyond Betty Jean, for which she was singer and songwriter.

At age 16, Nguyen ran away to Queens, New York City, for several months.

In a March 2003 interview, she revealed that she has taken some college classes but does not have a degree, stating, "I didn't want to go to college for an actual degree because there's nothing out there I like besides doing something that involves the entertainment industry." Nguyen's career began at the age of 19 when she was discovered at the Sharpstown Mall by a Playboy scout and was offered a chance to model nude for the magazine.

Nguyen made an appearance as one of the 12 strangers in the first game on April 6, 2007 episode of NBC's game show Identity.

On March 4, 2007, she made a cameo appearance on the show "The War At Home." In May 2007, Nguyen began filming for a reality show which first aired on MTV on October 9, 2007, as A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.

Jamie Kuntz was arrested in October and is accused of following, harassing and making a 'credible threat' against the 71-year-old billionaire philanthropist and music mogul between September 14 and November 14.

The one-time football hopeful is due in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday and made headlines in 2012 when he was taken off the North Dakota State College of Science team when he was caught on video kissing his then 65-year-old boyfriend in the press box during a game.

However, it did not manage to gain commercial success.

Tequila began a tour supporting the new EP and at one of her tour stops in August 2010, she appeared at the Gathering of the Juggalos, a music festival founded by hip hop duo Insane Clown Posse.

After being featured in numerous men's magazines (including Playboy, Stuff and Maxim), she made her reality television debut on the VH1 show Surviving Nugent (2003).