With the economy getting ever harder in most parts of the world these days, most people are looking for ways to stay afloat. Many families, for example, are becoming ever more open to spending less and saving more. This attitude has made DIY a more and more attractive way of life. And when this has to do with home remodeling, it evokes the picture of an overall-donning, trowel-wielding man doling out mortar. But, what happens when it’s a dainty lady like the American licensed contractor Amy Mathews who fills the picture instead? That’s exactly what we have seen her do in her own ways through various reality TV programs over the years and that’s absolutely enigmatic of her.
So, in this post, we are treating you to some never-told details about Amy’s one-of-a-kind career. Get prepared to also learn a couple of things people think about the TV star that are actually not true to fact.
Amy Mathews At A Glance
Amy Mathews Picked Her Interest and Skills In Home Improvement From Her Father
Although many sources (such as Wikipedia) claim that Amy Mathews’ first encounter with home improvement can be traced to when, at 14 years of age, she traveled with her church youth group to repair homes for families in need, we have found that this is very far from the truth. Instead, in this interview she granted to Bob Villa, Amy revealed that she got the inclination for DIY home improvement from her father whom she describes as “an incredible DIYer”. She tells of how she grew up watching her father redo her family’s home many times. She also expresses the belief that, apart from the fact that the inclination came from observation, it is also genetic.
Amy Mathews was born on May 19, 1973, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota where she was also raised. Although we do not have the details about her parents (such as their names and professions), she has revealed – as shown above – that her father has the same hobby as she does, that is, DIY home remake.
She Has Been On More TV Shows and Channel’s Than Many People Know
The rate of audience reception that Amy Matthews has enjoyed over the years is one living proof of how many people are DIY fans in the USA and across the world. This has been very evident in the multiple TV programs where she has plied her DIY home makeover trade.
While many sources seem to associate Amy only with DIY Network’s Bathroom Renovations and Sweat Equity and some sources add Renovation Raiders on HGTV, she has actually identified with more programs than these. For instance, she has been a part of Blog Cabin Show on DIY Network and HGTV. She also hosts an eponymous show on The Design Network known as Modern Rustic with Amy Matthews. Again, she hosts DIY Network’s This New House and collaborated with Bob Villa of This Old House on PBS. On several occasions, she has equally appeared on national news programs of big media outlets like ABC and CNN.
Amy Is Not Interested In Home Improvement Just For the Money
Highly successful people like Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey have consistently advised that if anyone wants to be successful in anything then, money should not be the principal motivating factor. We have found this to be particularly true of Amy Mathews. She never went into home improvement for the sake of money or fame. Instead, she just meant to express an interest that burned within her. It is, therefore, no surprise that, even now, her elaborate pro bono work with notable housing-related charity organizations like Habitat for Humanity and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project is also well-known today.
During one of her projects with Habitat for Humanity in Thailand, Amy Mathews was so happy taking part in the project that she got her left forearm tattooed with a word in Thai characters which was reported to mean ‘humanity’.
And Then, She Is Also An Actress
Amy Mathews has equally worked as an actress. Apart from appearing in many national and regional commercials, she has played leading roles in a number of films. We also learned that, after graduating from Boston University and American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, she worked with at least 4 theater companies in her home state of Minnesota.
Misconceptions About The Personality of the American General Contractor
Amy Mathews, the American General Contractor who is associated with DIY home makeovers on a couple of TV channels has been confused with another person from Australia who bears the same name as her. For instance, the Australian Amy Mathews is an online personal trainer and yoga instructor but many misguided bloggers keep reporting that it is the contractor who is. We were able to confirm this from the website of the Australian yoga instructor/personal trainer where she lists such courses as embodied anatomy and kinesiology for bones, ligaments, and muscles as well as embodied movement explorations and yoga. Even from the pictures of the personal trainer Amy, you can confirm that she is not the same person as the home improvement specialist and TV star.
It has also been rumored that Amy Mathews (the contractor) has done several surgical procedures, including botox, nose jobs, facelift, and dermal fillers. But that is another misconception as she is not the one. That is certainly another Amy Mathews.
In our view, we think that what has been responsible for these misconceptions is the fact that the names ‘Amy’ and ‘Mathews’ which make up the name of the TV home improvement star are quite common. So, many people are bound to bear her name. It is, therefore, a lesson for all public figures on creating unique brands from the word go to avoid confusion later on.