Back Story with Ty Pennington
Everything you wanted to know about Ty Pennington
Home Design Expert, Artist, Carpenter
BEST KNOWN FOR:
Host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP?
When I was growing up I wanted to be an illustrator and graphic designer. So I carried that background into furniture and interior design.
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN THIS BUSINESS?
I got my original start by having a construction business pay my way through art school, then it was a lot of different experiences, including travel, fashion and most importantly, luck. But then having the experience to realize what you don’t know, you learn by doing or failing. And failing can be entertaining!
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST HURDLES YOU’VE HAD TO OVERCOME?
I think the biggest hurdles I faced were struggles with learning, before anyone knew what ADHD even was. A lack of confidence and fear of failure can have a huge effect on your ability to believe in yourself. I was lucky enough to have a mom who realized that I had an above average gift for creative problem solving, which is ironic, considering how many problems I created!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I’ve been blessed to have one of the greatest jobs in the world, where your imagination and your hands can be used to create amazing things – inside and out of a home. But more than that, you get to use your heart, and that inspires others to use theirs, and together you change a life… and in the process your own.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
I have a lot of dreams and always a lot of projects. One of those is to design and build a house for my own family, which I am doing with the NextGen “First to the Future” home I’m building in Florida. It will be a green, smart, energy efficient home and, most importantly, a clean, mold-free environment for my mom. I have a few other big dreams that involve making other people’s dreams come true. Once you’ve had a chance to feel that, you want to do it again and again… and again.
Home-design guru, Ty Pennington stars on Inside the Box with Ty Pennington in North America and Homes for the Brave in the U.K. His Extreme Makeover: Home Edition won two Emmys and two People’s Choice Awards. (Visit TyPennington.com)