Design Star Season 3: Where Are They Now?
Want to know what happened to season three contestants after the show? We caught up with some of your favorite designers and got the scoop.
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Appearing on Design Star was one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. On top of producing some work that I am very proud of and growing closer to my family, it taught me how to keep working under crazy conditions without completely freaking out. And as a bonus, the show has opened so many doors, both personally and professionally.
What opportunities have you had since appearing on Design Star?
I was invited to do HGTV Showdown, which was a blast, and Kim and I won! Then, I flew up to Washington to speak at a home and garden show. I did radio interviews, gave a presentation and had a meet-and-greet with fans. I'll be appearing as the celebrity judge at a design charity event in my hometown this June, headlining the Denver Modernism show in August and speaking at the National Association of the Remodeling Industry's show in Milwaukee in September. I'm also exhibiting a new line of lighted sculpture objects at Dwell magazine's Dwell on Design 09 event in Los Angeles, June 26-28. The most exciting thing is I've been contacted by three production companies – one in Nashville, two in Los Angeles – on possible projects. I hope to appear on a television near you in the very near future!
Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
Though we haven't been able to collaborate yet, I've kept in touch with almost everybody and have been lucky enough to see Trish, Mikey, Michael, Tracee and Stephanie several times since the show ended.
What was the most important design or life lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
Follow your dream! It'll be harder than you think but better than you ever imagined.
Get more info on Matt at www.mattlocke.com.