Home stagers, this could be your shot at home staging and design fame if you’ve been sitting at home watching HGTV thinking “I could do that!” The casting agency behind two major TV shows has asked me to spread the word with the Staging Diva community that they’re searching for staging professionals like you who are passionate, charismatic and extremely creative.
I’ve seen many of your home staging portfolios and gotten to know you over the years and I know there are many Staging Diva Graduates who would totally fit what they’re looking for.
The two shows are Season 8 of Design Star, HGTV’s top-rated reality competition series, as well as a brand new HGTV Competition Series (working title).
In both cases, in addition to fame and the bragging rights to being on TV, you’ll have a shot at winning major cash prizes and potentially your own series!
I know many members of the Staging Diva community have already appeared on TV, now’s your chance to trade on that experience in front of the camera. Not that you need it, they’re taking applications from anyone whether you’ve been on TV before or not.
Don’t get intimidated if you don’t have professional interior design training. That’s not a requirement for either show, in fact they really like people from the DIY world. From what I’ve seen of past episodes, I’d say a big personality would be top of their list of criteria (right next to creative talent and flair)!
HGTV Open Casting Call Dates and Locations
You can apply to one or both of these shows by attending the open casting call in any of these locations from 10am to 2pm:
Houston – Sept 29 – Magnolia Hotel at 1100 Texas Ave.
Los Angeles – October 4 – The Marriott Burbank, 2500 Hollywood Way
New York – October 10 - Social Bar – 795 8th Ave.
Atlanta – October 13 – W Atlanta Midtown, 188 14th St. NE
Chicago – October 20 – The Westin Michigan Avenue, 909 North Michigan Ave.
You must fill out the online application prior to attending the open call and bring 2 recent pictures of yourself, a minimum of 6 portfolio photos, and your resume.
Send a video if you can’t make the casting call
If you’re doing a video, make sure there are no photographs or artwork in the background of your shots and don’t wear any clothing with visible trademarks, logos or other copyrighted material.
They really want to see your personality from the moment you start talking so don’t hold back.
Introduce yourself and talk about your career background, how you got started as a home stager or designer, what inspired you to get started, any training you have. They also want you to show them something that’s important to you, whether it’s your home, family, workplace or whatever. Plus show them one or more of your favorite projects and explain how they represent you.
The application deadline is November 1. For more information or the email address to ask questions, check out HGTVDesignCasting.com and good luck!
If you’re planning to go for it, please share a comment below. And if not, let us know why, maybe we can help give you the push needed to “cast” your fears aside and go for it!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging and Voice of Possibility Group Inc.
Debra knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. She is frequently profiled in the media for her home staging expertise and is the author of 5 guides for home stagers.