Building up! 7 Cool Things We Learned from DIY Network’s Jason Cameron

Jason Cameron told AnnMarie Lepertine that he planned to be an actor. His TV contractor job came about by surprise.

Jason Cameron told AnnMarie Lepertine that he planned to be an actor. His TV contractor job came about by surprise.

Tall and muscular, with biceps that only come from lifting drywall and building framework, Jason Cameron doesn’t look like an actor.

He looks like a contractor.

But he’s both.

Jason is a licensed contractor with two shows on DIY Network named Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves.

Here are some cool things my sister Lizzie and I learned when we interviewed the man behind the muscle.

AnnMarie Lepertine, LSY! teen reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy

1. He landed a spot on DIY by moving to New York to become an actor. Jason was working as a regular actor in New York City when someone suggested to audition for a home-improvement show. He did, and it led to his current jobs on DIY. “If you want to get into this business, you’ve got to take chances,” he said. “You never know if you don’t take a chance.

“If I never would have gone to that casting, I wouldn’t be doing this today.”

To survive on the set of one of his DIY Network shows, Jason Cameron says, you need to have a sense of humor.

To survive on the set of one of his DIY Network shows, Jason Cameron says, you need to have a sense of humor.

2. He hosts two shows on DIY – Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves – but one is clearly his favorite. Man Caves,” Jason says. “What I try to tell the women is, listen, they have the whole house, and men, we just need that one spot we don’t care how big it is.”

3. The shows may be serious, but there’s a lot of joking behind the scenes that viewers don’t see. Jason told Lizzie and I that if you can’t take a joke and if you don’t joke around much, you wouldn’t last on either of his shows. “I wish we could show a blooper reel so the fans could see all the joking,” he says. “They just see the serious side of the show, but there’s a lot of joking around behind the scenes.”

4. He only goes home once a year. Unfortunately, Jason only gets to see his parents, siblings, and nieces/nephews once a year because they live in Texas and he is always on the road. “I love my brothers because I never see them anymore!” he joked with us, then added, “Just kidding — love you, guys!” Then, on a more serious note, he said, “What I miss is seeing my mom and my brothers.”

5. He’s spent 10 years in the spotlight and still loves meeting fans. “I’m really friendly,” Jason says. “My wife says too friendly, because I’ll talk to someone for a long time. I appreciate that they watch. They’ll come up to me and say, ‘You made a big difference in my life.’”

Sisters and LSY! reporting duo Lizzie and AnnMarie Lepertine with Jason Cameron.

Sisters and LSY! reporting duo Lizzie and AnnMarie Lepertine with Jason Cameron.

6. If he could switch places with another DIY Network host, it would be Chris Grundy. Chris hosts DIY Dominator along with his other show Cool Tools. Jason said he would prefer to be Chris for a day because they have a good friendship. “I love Chris Grundy, he’s a really funny guy so I’d switch with him for a day.”

7. There’s a secret to how fast landscapes are completed on his show. And that secret is preparation. Before heading into a desperate landscape, Jason and his crew get all of the necessary materials for the project ready so when they begin the work it is easier to accomplish in eight hours. “We line everything up,” Jason told us, “and we come in with a plan.”

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