HGTV’s 13 Biggest Stars Share How They Were Discovered
11. Dave and Kortney Wilson
Before they became reality TV stars, Dave and Kortney were two aspiring musicians in Nashville. While they were in and out of publishing deals, they successfully renovated their home and eventually turned their sights on flipping homes which led to landing their own CMT reality show! “We did eventually get another record deal and we were on the road and that led to our own reality show with CMT where they followed our family,” said Kortney to the National Post. “We got that by writing our own treatment and shopping it. That started our life on television.” After making a name for themselves on TV, they landed their own home renovation show, Masters of Flip.
10. Mike Holmes
This contractor has been appearing on HGTV since the early 2000s. He’s hosted a slew of shows including Holmes on Homes, Holmes in New Orleans, Holmes Inspection, Best of Holmes on Homes, Holmes Makes it Right, and the list goes on. He got his big break by basically telling TV producer Michael Quast how he was doing his job wrong! Holmes was hired to build models for a set, but while he was working he noticed that the DIY shows were giving bad advice and that they should instead educate viewers on what to look out for when hiring a contractor by showing them the dodgy work he so often sees in the field. Quast liked the idea of what he heard and told Holmes, “I said, ‘You’d have to host it. With the passion I see there, I can’t see anyone else doing it.”