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.

D. Paul

How has your life changed since Design Star?
The show has given me a greater respect for the TV world and the production of reality shows, especially those crazy design shows. I would love to share a great success story, but the truth of the matter is that I had to get another job because of the economy and so I became a truck driver to pay bills and feed the family — big family as you all know. No kidding — a truck driver! The exposure from the show made me realize just how many people watch the show, even way down deep in the swamps of Louisiana. Every location I drove to, there was someone saying, "Aren't you D. Paul from that Design Star show?" I have more fans than I could ever imagine and the encouragement to get back into design has been overwhelming. I am currently doing a little design work as the economy picks up and a year later after the show, fans are still showing up and putting their faith in my design expertise. Thank you Design Star, fans and Michael Stribling for giving me the name "D-Rock".

What opportunities have you had since appearing on Design Star?
Immediately after the final episode, one of my biggest fans and one of the largest companies in town decided to sponsor a contest to give away a free living room makeover. The response was awesome and the makeover was even better. The exposure from the show created opportunities for some local speaking engagements and a few job opportunities, but due to the economy, those opportunities have been delayed. Delays aren't all bad, because it has given me the chance to take a break from all the hype and celebrity that comes from the show and concentrate on what's important — my family.

Have you kept in touch with fellow contestants?
I've tried to keep up with everyone from the show. I know this sounds so cliché but I'm truly friends with all of them, at least to some degree. Scottie calls me for consultation to plot against Vern and Tracee usually calls and mentions something about a pool stick (FYI: Watch episode one). I call Mikey V. for tips on how to stay lean and in shape during an economic recession. Trish and I usually chat about, well we just chat about everything. Matt and I dream about the "Rock - Locke Show" and I call Stephanie when I need some SoCal sunshine. Michael and I talk the most and he is demanding I move to Texas, and I hear Jennifer is a great mom. Go Jennifer!

What was the most important design or life lesson you learned from being on Design Star?
My life lesson is simple: Follow your heart and see where it takes you. I ended up meeting some great people on the show and discovered that the British make really good TV hosts. Watch out Clive — I've been working on my British accent.

Get more info on D. Paul, aka D. Rock, at www.dpauldesign.com.

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