We’d love to hear about your recent experience on the HGTV show Ellen’s Design Challenge. How did you
come to be on the show? What were some highlights? What was the most
challenging part of being on the show? Would you do it again?
KS: My experience on Ellen’s Design
Challenge was actually really positive. I don’t think I’ve had more fun in my
entire life—it was like the ultimate residency in the most surreal environment.
I had a chance to work with a super talented carpenter, Karl Champley, who knew
how to build things far more efficiently than I can and I also had the
opportunity to work with materials I don't usually work with (plastic) and I
learned how to use tools I had never used, like the CNC machine. It was
especially great because there were no other distractions, the show was the
only thing I was doing for a month. I didn’t have to worry about all of the
silly day-to-day things that come up.
I found out about the show because my
roommate at the time,
, received an email from a
talent scout about it. We wanted to apply together as a package deal but for
some twisted reason only I got called back. I didn’t know anything about the
show until months into the application process when they said it would be
hosted by Ellen Degeneres and be on HGTV.
The most challenging aspect of the show
was the actual challenges. I think I struggled with the final challenge the
most. I obviously knew that everything would be on TV, so I had to kind of
dissociate myself from what I was making or else I would have been paralyzed.
The most surreal part about the show now
is watching it and reading comments about it on social media. I have a lot of
people who like me but I also have a lot of haters. It’s weird, I didn’t expect
to be such a polarizing character.