257. Annette + Sarah

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Unveiling the Secrets of HGTV with Sarah Karakaian

Calling all HGTV lovers! If you’re obsessed with HGTV competition shows, or are hoping to be cast on one yourself, you’re going to love this episode. We’re switching things up as Annette interviews Sarah on what it was like to compete on HGTV’s show Beach Flip in 2015 and shed some light on what the process was like. We talk about why Sarah and her husband Nick wanted to be on the show and the application and auditioning process. 

We get into all the juicy behind the scenes details, like what the contract boundaries were, what to do with your job when you do a reality tv show, a few anecdotes from filming, their relationship with the other contestants, and if it was really real.

As a former professional auditioner from her Broadway days, Sarah shares her tips for getting on this type of show and strategies that worked well and not so well: everything from being in front of the camera, to skillsets she wish she had before going on the show, to Sarah’s ugly crying Twitter hashtag, and the biggest mistakes she made. We hope you enjoy getting a peek behind the HGTV curtain!

Download a transcript of this episode.




It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Perch Tree House 😍

This GORGEOUS treehouse is located in Lake Mitchell, Alabama.

We’re gonna start with the front door. Look at the amazing light fixture and custom welcome sign! Remember… the front door is the first thing your guests see, so take this as a sign to get out there and freshen up yours to have it looking good for your guests!

Second, they have some incredible views. Their decks are perched among the trees and the views of the water from them are just spectacular. We even love the swings and swinging chairs! You can tell they put a lot of time and thought into the design and the details of this space.

There are so many unique things about this rental, so definitely go check them out and give them some love!

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

Together, Annette & Sarah are the dynamic duo behind the wildly popular podcast Thanks For Visiting, co-creators of the Hosting Business Mastery Method, & seasoned short-term-rental hosts.

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