Fortunately, God has blessed me with some really great people in my life. My friend Monicia paid for a 1-way plane ticket for me to get back to NYC for my interview and I would somehow figure out a way to fly back to LA. I prayed about it for a while and packed a few items in a small carry on bag. Then all of a sudden something hit me. I went in my room and packed all of my belongings. I was trusting in God that I was defineitly going to get this job! I had only been in LA for 2 months but I thought God had another plan for me. I spoke to Emily Henderson and she suggested that I go back to NYC and if things didn’t work out, I could always come back to intern on her show. With Emily’s blessings, I got on that plane and headed back to NYC (and my friend sofa, yet again!). My interview went well and I landed a job as a the Art Coordinator for Glam Fairy on The Style Network. There was a small catch..they wanted to hire someone who had a car. I knew this job would change my life because I would be in charge of the Art Direction on the show. I had only really worked as an assistant up until this point and this would be my chance to shine. I couldn’t sketch/draw and didn’t know photoshop but I was determined to make it happen. I decided to rent a car for $200 a week in order to take on this job and let me say for the record that I was back to eating $1 pizza slices again (if you know what I mean). I was partnered with Dejon Gee (Jerseylicious- Art Director) who gave me a quick crash course on set design as well as how to draw rooms on Google sketch up. I must have set in her apt learning this program for about 6 hours until I got it right! The two of us hit it off and became known as the Dynamic Duo. After Glam Fairy completed taping in August 2011, I was ask to come back and join Dejon on Jerseylicious as a Co Art Director begining October 2011. I was excited to have a small 3 month break before the new show because this would give me the opportunity to fly back to LA and make more networking connection.
When I arrived in LA, I went back to working at CB2 West Hollywood. That week, I received a call from a former co-worker who saw an ad on Craigslist for a HGTV Design Star Casting Call and suggested that I take a look. I loved the show and had sent an audition tape in 3 years ago but never heard back. I thought about it some more and decided to give Design Star another shot! Oddly enough, I spoke to Dionna Vaughn about the casting and she suggested that I take a hosting class to help me get ready for being in front of the camera. So, I signed up for a 2 month hosting class with Marki Costello that changed my life. She covered everything from teller prompter reading to basic host script reading. She is brutally honest but will whip your @ss into shape. But I do have to say that Hosting came a little natural for me because my mother, Kathy Young Welch worked as a TV host in my hometown of Detroit for several years(click to watch). After completing my class, I headed back to NYC to get ready for my new position on Jerseylicious Season 4 as well as my HGTV Design Star audition.