INEVITABLY, WHEN I MEET SOMEONE FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE TOPIC OF WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING ALWAYS SEEMS TO MAKE ITS WAY INTO POLITE CONVERSATION.
WHEN I SHARE WITH THEM THAT I AM IN THE BUSINESS OF INTERIOR DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE, I AM OFTEN MET WITH THE REPLY: "OH, THAT MUST BE FUN. YOU GET TO SHOP ALL DAY."
I kindly smile, but realize they have no idea of what it is I actually do or have little regard for what designers and architects really do in their day-to-day life.
Interior Design and Architecture were once well-respected professions.
Somewhere, there has been a decline.
One could say it is the fact that universities are handing out degrees by the thousands to people who achieve a mediocre level of understanding of the role and duties of interior designers and architects.
They have literally saturated the market and job force.
If you take a in depth look at those that actually completed degrees in the field of interior design or architecture, how many of them are actually working for firms, own their own business, or even still work in the industry?
I also have to give respect to those who never went to formal education and entered into the field.
I have a great deal of admiration for these individuals.
The one thing I do know is they have surrounded themselves with others to help them be successful.
I have to applaud them.
It is virtuous to know the areas that you excel, and to surround you with others who are the best at what they do.
Let them compliment you.
I think one of the greatest design talents; Vicente Wolf is a prime example of someone with no formal design education that is one of the most talented and sought after interior designers of this generation.
I admit; at one time, I was a fan of HGTV.
That was until I went to school and gained a greater understanding of what an interior designer’s job description and duty to clients and the world.
It didn’t align with what I was seeing on HGTV.
In 2011, being a young, emerging designer, I was approached by HGTV to be a designer on a new reality series, Showhouse Showdown.
Looking for money, success, fame, and glamour, I jumped on the bandwagon to be disheartened at the world of “reality television.”
Of the approximately twelve designers from across the country, Corey Damen Jenkins – to my knowledge – is the only designer that leveraged his appearance on the show to skyrocket his career.
I believe HGTV has done a disservice not only to designers, architects, landscape architects, and real estate agents, but I believe it has done damage to it’s viewers by setting up unrealistic expectations when it comes to budgets and timelines for projects. Let’s be honest.