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By Melissa Locker
June 9, 2017
Home Town: Porch Dreams for a Returning Artist
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One of the side effects of watching a lot of HGTV is it’s impossible to stop from day dreaming about starring in your own home renovation reality show. E! Online took a close look at what it takes to move from couch-sitting, design savvy, day dreamer to international home renovation star with millions of viewers, legions of devoted fans on Instagram, and a net worth of millions.

According to E!’s research, the first step to tapping into your hidden star potential is to make a good impression on High Noon Entertainment, the production company behind shows like Fixer Upper, Ayesha's Home Kitchen, and Cake Boss. The company is always looking for new talent to dazzle the bosses at HGTV and they have a proven track record of taking newcomers to the height of stardom.

The easiest way to catch their eye, is to start posting polished, dazzling photos of your home projects to your Instagram account and using hashtags like #housetour and #currentdesignsituation. That’s where Home Town's Erin and Ben Napier were discovered posting photos from their homewares shop in Laurel, Mississippi. Instagram lets producers filter through up-and-coming designers and renovators by giving them a clear idea of their design sensibility and good taste.

There are many charismatic interior designers in the world, though, so producers are also searching for individuals who not only have an eye for design and a sparkling personality, but an angle or something that is unique and special about them. For instance, the Napiers were high school sweethearts who now fix up homes together. The Napiers have one more thing going for them, too, which producers love—they live in a cute small town. According to the producers that E! interviewed, charming home towns help the shows and in turn the shows help the towns. For instance, Chip and Joanna Gaines who have turned the outskirts of Waco, Texas into a tourist destination thanks to Fixer Upper.

WATCH: Chip and Joanna Gaines' New Series "Fixer Upper: Behind the Design" Sneak Peek

One word of caution for aspiring designers, though: Like with romance, it’s important not to look too eager for fame. Producers have a knack for knowing if people are too hungry for stardom. Instead, designers and renovators need to be driven by a true passion for home renovation. If that sounds like you, maybe you have what it takes to be the next HGTV star.

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