Many cool things happened because of this experience, but this one is probably my favorite:
In 2004, I didn't think that a reality television show would help my struggling little boutique in LA's Chinatown; the first season of Project Runway changed my mind. I was surprised to see some very talented, sympathetic and resourceful people, solving creative problems in real time, right before my eyes. I recognized their struggle, I rooted for them; I marvelled at how well Austin Scarlett accessorized in such a thankless environment.
The following summer, I competed on season 2 of the show. While there, I made some marvelous things that I'm still very proud of. I didn't "pass go", I didn't collect $200; a lot of people made fun of me. If you've every watched the show, you know that Project Runway doesn't necessarily "work" for you. It's cliché, but you have to 'make it work' for you. If you're reading to this, it just might be doing this. There' s more to all of us than will EVER fit on a reality show, especially if it ulitmately ends up on the Lifetime network. Thank goodness for websites. I'm fleshing out the things you don't get on TV here, at andraegonzalo.com.