As much as we love the stars on HGTV, we can’t help but wonder what kind of jobs they had before becoming famous. Unlike other shows, the hosts and celebs of the famous home renovation channel don’t follow a conventional path to stardom that other stars follow. Surprisingly, the majority of them were simply contacted out of the blue by producers and asked to submit audition tapes. Because of the “reality” format of the shows, very few of them have any entertainment backgrounds whatsoever.
However, there are exceptions to every rule. For example, Property Brothers stars Drew and Jonathan Scott worked all over the place before landing their popular TV show, from acting to even modeling. While working these jobs, Jonathan renovated and flipped houses on the side, which caught the eye of HGTV producers. “We had been doing real estate for some time, but I missed my passion, acting,” Drew explained. “I went to Vancouver to pursue that, and I was taking acting courses, networking, and doing all the things I had to do to make sure that I was being seen.” In the end, it wasn’t the easiest journey because the brothers ended up landing themselves in debt. However, Drew said that the hard work was necessary to becoming who he is today. “In the end, that experience was really important because it created the buzz for our first auditions,” he said, “which got us on TV and made it worth it.”
And they’re not the only HGTV stars that have similar stories. Others went from waiting tables to even running their own businesses before getting that shocking call from a producer asking them for an audition tape. Check out the gallery below to see what today’s HGTV stars were doing before they became our current TV obsession!
Property Brothers' Drew Scott was an actor.
He once appeared in an episode of Smallville, but unfortunately, he went $100,000 in debt trying to get his acting career started. However, he doesn't regret it because his auditions were what got him and his brother noticed by HGTV.
Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott was a magician.
He sometimes posts his old magic photos on social media, which he admits are "embarrassing."
Joanna Gaines Career
Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines worked at a tire shop.
It was actually there that Joanna met Chip for the first time. He was a customer at the store! The couple later got into the house flipping business, which got them noticed by HGTV.
Karen Laine Good Bones
Good Bones' Karen E Laine is a former attorney.
Karen, who stars on the hit show alongside her daughter, Mina, was a defense attorney before starting her flipping business, Two Chicks and a Hammer, in 2008.
Mina Starsiak Good Bones
Good Bones' Mina Starsiak was a waitress.
And speaking of Karen, her daughter worked at Pizzology, a local joint in her neighborhood. "I worked for them since they first opened in Carmel," she said. "It’s incredible food and they worked with my hectic schedule when we got picked up to film the pilot."
Nicole Curtis Rehab Addict
Rehab Addict's Nicole Curtis used to work at Hooters.
When she first graduated from high school, she worked at plenty of odd jobs before becoming a real estate agent.
Hilary David Love It List It
Love It or List It's Hilary Farr and David Visentin both worked as actors.
Hilary had a small part in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and David starred in a sitcom called My Parents’ House.
Tarek Christina El Moussa Career
Flip or Flop's Tarek and Christina El Moussa worked at a real estate office.
No surprise there, but the former couple worked together in the real estate industry before making their switch to house flipping.
Ben Erin Napier Career
Home Town's Ben and Erin Napier owned a letterpress company.
In fact, when they first received the call from HGTV, they thought the producer just wanted to buy some stationery from their store!
Scott Mcgillivray Career
Income Property's Scott McGillivray was in a boy band.
He was in a band in the '90s called Next Element. We were surprised by this one!
David Bromstad Career
My Lottery Dream Home's David Bromstad worked as a Disney illustrator.
After getting laid off, he started his own design company and eventually applied to be on Design Star, which he won!
Egypt Sherrod Career
Property Virgins' Egypt Sherrod worked in radio.
According to her HGTV bio, she had a 20-year radio broadcasting career where she got to interview A-listers like Oprah Winfrey, Prince, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Martin Scorsese.