I Love My Job! Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington

job interview If you're working practically 24/7, jetting back and forth from jobsite to jobsite and only taking a few days off per year, you'd better love your job. Ty Pennington, the enthusiastic, hands-on host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is so busy with shows in the U.S., Canada and Great Britain that things like pets and plants are out of the question.

"I'm a little creative beaver," he laughs, chatting with AOL Jobs for a few minutes while he's in the car driving to another appointment. "I always have my hands and feet in about 14 different buckets." And that's by choice, not necessity.

You're probably most familiar with him as the guy shouting "Move that bus!" through a megaphone, as families cry and neighbors cheer at the final result of one of his crew's extreme home makeovers. But Pennington is so much more than a construction crew cheerleader. He's not afraid to jump in with both feet, visiting each site, creating designs and plans, explaining them to his crew, then jetting to another site to do the same.

Once that's accomplished, he goes back to the first site to help with the finish work, and make sure everything is ready for the Big Reveal.

He always has two or three projects going in different parts of the country at the same time. And that's just for the hit ABC show.


Ty Goes Global

When there's downtime in between seasons of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, he's off to Great Britain, hosting and executive-producing "Ty's Great British Adventure," a community improvement series, or "Homes for the Brave," which focuses on improving the homes and lives of soldiers who served in Afghanistan for the British Army. He says that he'd like to do a version of that one in the U.S. someday. In the meantime, he's also working in Canada on the new series, "Inside the Box with Ty Pennington," for Canada's W Network.

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Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition's
Ty Pennington
5 Quick Questions

1. What was your first job? Working at a printing press, when I was about eight. I'm sure I broke all child labor laws, but I loved it --even the smell of it.

2. What inspires you? Amazing people and laughter.

3. What is the most important trait needed to succeed? Honesty and drive

4. What is your biggest challenge? Delegation -- trying not to do everything myself.

5. What is the best career advice you ever received? Relax -- don't try to make everything happen overnight. Don't get frustrated because you're not "there" yet. Every day is a stepping stone.

Back in the United States, Pennington has even more projects on his plate: He has a high quality furniture line called Howard Miller Furnishings by Ty Pennington; a Sears seasonal home decor line called Ty Pennington Style; a decor fabric line called Ty Pennington Impressions; and a hardwood floor line for Lumber Liquidators -- the Ty Pennington Collection.

Just one of those jobs would make most people's heads spin. But Ty believes in striking while the iron's hot -- he's always worked at a feverish pace. While he was studying graphic design at art school, he was paying the bills by renovating houses, painting, and doing finish work. He also was going on auditions, and doing production work on the sets of TV shows. He could never sit still.


Where It Began

"Trading Spaces" was his first big break. He feels it was an important show that paved the way for so many home improvement projects today, as it was one of the first to show the actual homeowners doing the work and getting involved, instead having professionals do it. That's also the show that got Pennington hooked on seeing an emotional reaction, which carries him through his frantic pace today.

"I actually have the chance to work creatively as an artist, make a difference in people's lives, and see that change on someone's face," he says, noting that when you paint a picture or sing a song, you don't always get that immediate affirmation. "I work with a wonderful team that goes above and beyond -- nothing compares to seeing how we've been able to help someone. I'm addicted to that rush."

That's why he only needs a few days of downtime between projects before he gets restless. When he's home in Los Angeles, which isn't often, he'll "clock out" by going to the beach, surfing, playing guitar, seeing friends and generally "chilling."

"I love my job. I can't stay away from it for long," he says.

His advice to others who would like a job they love as much as he loves his, he suggests following one's instincts and passion.

"Try to be as genuine as you can be," he says. "Feel your way -- don't think so hard. I was just trying to be creative and use my hands, and I found a way to not only be true to that, but to give back. It doesn't get any better than that. When you love your job, you love your life."





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smith98

Dear Ty, I am doing a research on you, and was wondering if you would answer a few questions for me?

January 29 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Isa Raudales

Hi Ty am 19 years old and I resently found out that my dream is to be one of the designers in Extreme makeover home edition when I graduate from architecture and start Extreme makeover in Honduras. I love helping people and what is better than helping the ones that are in your own country.

November 11 2011 at 10:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Margaret Hamm

you guys are awesome.i know alot of people have it worse than me .i have a home though its not much .i raised 3children in it an still dont know how we ever survived but we did.the roof leaks the snow blows threw the cracks but we survived .my kids are all married an gone now .im still hoping that someday ill be living in a warm houseand not have to worry about freezing to death in the winter
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September 26 2011 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ttana0615

Hi my name is Montana I am 12 I love your show I thank it is amazing what you do, I have three older sisters Monica is 15, Briana is 18, Brittany is 19 but Brittany does not live with us, my little brother, my uncle, my mom, and my step dad also live here. So 7 people in a 3 bedroom house we added a bedroom for my mom and step dad. the house is small but we make it . It is not falling apart but I thank my mom deserves it. My dad died when I was in 3rd grade now I am in 6th it is hard he is still in the contemporary container. My mom adopted 3 kids Brittany Briana and my little brother.

July 06 2011 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nortontammy235

ty my name is Tammy C Norton my house does need some work used to be duplex now a house i have tried to write to all the talk shows but no one will call me i really wanted to know if you guys i had to file chapter 13 and still dont know if my kids and i have a place to call home i got shot on dec 9th 2010 cant work use to working two jobs alot and disabilty has not let me know any thing so i am asking if yall could pay off my house and me fix it a little at a time i know that is alot to ask running out of time my address is 10MAPLE AVE GASTONIA N.C. IN a small town of ranlo my cell # is 704 616 6800 if nothing happens i understand i hope other wise PLEASE! PLEASE! You have no idea what this would do for my family.

June 22 2011 at 1:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Louise

dear ty iam louise from okla homa n my aunt works her butt off n we r bearly makeing it we live in 2 story house it tearing up bad n we only got 3 bed rooms but my cousin n his girl has one my aunt joan n my cousin nathan got one n my aunt robin has one n theres 10 people n 7 dogs in house n my uncle got tummers n i wont to know if anyway u can help im in need please we only rent that all our address is 5321 shalimar dr oklahoma city ok 73135 my number is 4053977449

June 21 2011 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kjwscl

Marta same with me. In fact, I get the most AWESOME opportunity starting this Sunday, June 19, to get a chance to help out on next seasons 1st show!! While I understand I may not get to "meet" Ty, just knowing I worked on one of his projects does it for me!! It's been crazy, fun, rewarding and yes tiring but WOW WOW WOW is all I can say. I can not wait to start working and hear those 3 famous words 'MOVE THAT BUS"!!!

June 16 2011 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marta

I started watching Ty on *Trading Spaces*. followed him to EM:HE...He's one of my heroes and role models, glad to see him doing so well!

June 16 2011 at 12:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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