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Carey Evans ’02 is building a career — and she’s using power tools to do it.

An HGTV on-air personality since 2005, Evans was recently named co-host of one of the network’s home improvement series, “Don’t Sweat It,” helping homeowners with projects they don’t know how to tackle.

Viewers may also recognize Evans from her design work on two other HGTV series — “My First Place” and “Freestyle.”

For both series, Evans flies to locations around the country, where she often meets homeowners and oversees the project’s first day, shops for the project on the second day and films on the third day.

Besides lighting up the screen for HGTV, Evans can also be spotted online and in print ads for General Electric’s “Right Light, Right Now” campaign (find it at gelighting.com), including ads in the October issues of Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and other magazines.

Evans also has her own private design business in New York.

Evans, who earned a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre from Millikin, served as stage manager at Kirkland Fine Arts Center as a student and also worked in the theatre scene shops, where she learned to use power tools and sharpened her design skills.

Immediately after graduation, she pursued her dream and moved to New York, where she paid her bills by working on displays and productions for a creative design company while looking for acting jobs and commercial work.

Recognizing that her skills and interests made her a good match for many of the new home improvement shows being developed, Evans kept auditioning with HGTV and finally heard the words she’d been waiting to hear: “You really have a good design eye.”

The complete article appeared in the winter Winter 2007-08 issue of Millikin Quarterly magazine.


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