Before they constructed their home-improvement empire, the “Property Brothers” had to build themselves up from the bottom.
HGTV stars — and real-life twins — Johnathan and Drew Scott each faced early turmoil in their careers before making it big on the popular home improvement network, they told People in a new interview.
For Johnathan, the adversity came while he was chasing his dream of becoming a magician. He was forced to file for bankruptcy when a slew of his supplies and equipment were stolen, ending his magical aspirations.
“It really turned out to be a game-changer for us, because we realized how any reckless decision you make can leave you vulnerable,” Johnathan told the magazine. “Now we’ve put due diligence in and strengthened our financial situation.”
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Real estate agent Drew, meanwhile, found himself $ 100,000 in debt early on his career during his quest to become an actor.
“We had been doing real estate for some time, but I missed my passion, acting,” Drew told People. “I went to Vancouver to pursue that, and I was taking acting courses, networking and doing all the things I had to do to make sure that I was being seen.”
Those expenses added up – but Drew believes it was worth it. He says it helped spark buzz around him and his brother, which ultimately helped them get on TV.
Drew and Johnathan are now two of HGTV’s biggest stars thanks to their 10-season run on “Property Brothers,” on which they assist people in buying and renovating houses that need work, all while working on the customer’s budget.
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The show is coming off a strongly rated year where they averaged about 1.3 million viewers each week in 2016.
They’ve been hosting “Property Brothers” since its creation in 2011.
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