He’s a famous table maker on HGTV’s hit show 'Fixer Upper.' Clint Harp is sharing his story of success and how none of it would have happened if he didn’t take a huge risk to go after what he was called to do. NBC 5’s Kristin Dickerson met up with him in Waco, inside his design studio and store.
Clint Harp is an international 'Fixer Upper' celebrity, “Hey!” meeting fans and shoppers at his design studio in Waco, joking, “I just got hired as a door greeter.”
His humble stardom is thanks to his gift of carpentry and a leap of faith.
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“My job is to be me, and let that Greater Power take care of the rest,” said Harp. Around five years ago, he felt a calling to work with his hands and he left his medical sales job in Houston to pursue carpentry full time.
“I think no matter what it is that you’re doing, at some point you just have to say 'you know what? Forget the unknown, I just, if I don’t go, then I never will know,'” said Harp.
Before he quit his sales job he was making a six-figure income; financially, starting over was a big risk. Harp said for him and his wife, “there were questions that we had to answer like, ‘what if we go bankrupt?’”
And they got close. Now living in Waco, nearly broke, and about to give up on his dream, Divine intervention struck at a gas station when Fixer Upper co-host Chip Gaines pulled up to the pump next to him. The rest, as they say, is history.
“I’m delivering for a Fixer Upper episode at 6:30 tonight,” Harp said.
He now has 20 employees, a speaking tour across the country, and is in the process of shooting a second pilot for his own show.
“Would you ever have thought in a million years that it would get this big,” asked Dickerson.
“No, no,” said Harp.
He said to never let fear cloud your path, and he follows this advice about doing what you’re called to do. "Your job is to be you and to go for your dream and do whatever it is that you want to do,” said Harp. “And eventually, if it’s the right thing it’s going to take on a life of its own to where your job is just to hang on for the ride. You know? And lo and behold, here we are.”