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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.
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