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OLM: How did you start work­ing on HGTV?

KC: I had to com­plete a 400-hr ap­pren­tice­ship af­ter the WIST pro­gram, so I ap­plied to the Holmes Group and they were wil­ing to take me on. Even­tu­ally I be­came a part of the crew work­ing on Mike Holmes’s set. From there I worked with Paul Lafrance and he re­ally pushed me for­ward to be­come more vis­i­ble. The first day on set I was sur­prised when the sound guy mic’ed me up. Paul said, “you need to have a voice, you are the only woman here. We want to hear what you have to say.” My re­sponse, “I have lots to say!”

OLM: What has been your big­gest chal­lenge work­ing as a woman in the trades?

KC: I felt like I had to con­stantly prove my­self, like I was un­der a mi­cro­scope and that I had to be per­fect and it took a while to feel com­fort­able and to be able to make mis­takes.

OLM: What is one thing the read­ers may not know about you?

KC: I’ve se­verely bro­ken both of my legs, once fall­ing off a horse, and the other flip­ping a snow­mo­bile. I now have metal rods and pins from my hips to my knees. My dad says I won’t break any­more, I’ll just bend. Ad­ver­sity has been a big in­flu­ence in my life, be­cause things we take for granted, like walk­ing can be taken away quickly. Now I work in a ca­reer where I move and walk ev­ery­day.

OLM: Tell us more about “The Ma­jor House” reno?

KC: We are an open book and we are go­ing to talk about how we made it hap­pen and all the tri­als and tribu­la­tions on the web se­ries, like liv­ing with Dave’s par­ents for a year right af­ter we got mar­ried! I al­most feel like this house rep­re­sents my whole ca­reer, noth­ing has been su­per easy but at the end of it all, this is what we can do.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Kate Camp­bell visit katebuilds.ca | build­wom­enup.com

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