David Bromstad :: Original Design Star is Still on Top of the World
He was the original HGTV Design Star winner, and he has gone on to become a gay icon and a HGTV top personality, so it was a pleasure to conduct an interview and photo-shoot with David Bromstad for our first annual Interior Design issue. By the way, he is as nice in person as he comes across on TV.
At what age did you realize design would be a part of your future?
Design has always been a part of my life whether I knew it or not. I was always drawing, painting, etc. I started out being an animator, but realized soon that animation wasn’t my passion. After many years of doing different things, being a designer crept up on me. When I got on "Design Star," [that’s] when I realized design would be my future.
How and why did you go about becoming a contestant on Design Star?
I was fabricating kids’ rooms and barely making ends meet. One of the interior designers I was working for convinced me to enter a contest on HGTV. After I was cast, I found out the contest was actually a reality show.
When you won, by the way, you were the clear winner by far. How did it change your career?
It changed it 180 degrees. I was starving before, barely making the bills, and now I have more work than I could ever have imagined.
Was it a hard decision to be open about your sexuality from the very beginning of your fame?
My boyfriend advised me against it, but I figured the gays would see right through me so I was just myself. HGTV has been amazing to me and I was the first openly gay man on the network. I am still with my boyfriend; we just celebrated 10 years together.
You are now a bona fide HGTV star with three of your own shows, and you’re appearing in and hosting many others. Do people treat you differently now?
I think they try to and want to, but I don’t let them. I am still the same nerdy, crazy, goofy, strange guy.
How did it feel to be named to Out Magazine’s Out 100 list?
It was such an honor, and a cool thing. I got to meet Ricky Martin at the photo shoot, which was a big highlight for me.
You have appeared on many talk shows. Which one was your favorite, and why?