Joseline Hernandez struggled before scoring "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" ... appearing on a failed stripper reality show under a different name ... Shenellica.
TMZ scored footage from a 2007 pilot shot at Diamond Cabaret in Miami. The show was produced with the hopes of landing a Showtime deal, to compete with HBO's "Cathouse" series.
We're told Joseline -- a stripper at the club -- struck a deal in which she got $400 to appear on screen. And yes, she demanded cash.
FUN FACT: We're told producers were afraid if the show sold, Joseline and some of the other girls might not pass the psych evaluation.
Stevie J might agree.