Posted on Feb 13, 2017 in Alumni News and News
Former KU volleyball star ends epic year getting picked for HGTV show
2016 will indeed be tough to top for Ashlyn Driskill. The former KU volleyball player started the year having just helped the Jayhawks reach their first Final Four in program history. She followed that up by getting engaged and buying her first house with fiance Foster Vielock. To top it off, the happy couple was selected to appear on HGTV’s House Hunters, set to air later this year. Ashlyn agreed to share her story with KU alumni.
How were you picked for the show?
My fiancé and I actually applied for House Hunters because our realtor was on an episode about 5 years ago. They had told him that they really enjoyed him and would love to have him on the show again. He thought we would have a good shot at making the show due to our sports backgrounds and age. (Editor’s note: The couple’s realtor was also a Jayhawk, Brett Budke, c’05. Driskill began her volleyball career playing at Wichita State before graduating in 2015 and completing her eligibility at KU. Her fiance, Foster Vielock was a pitcher for the Shockers’ baseball team from 2011-2014.)
Later that night I signed us up, and the next morning we received an email saying we made the first cut. We needed to fill out some paper work to see if our style of house fit what they are looking for, and after our phone interview, our HGTV interviewer told us that she really enjoyed us. The final step was to make a 20 minute YouTube video and answer a set of questions that she provided. Less than a week after posting the video, we discovered we had made it to the final 4 candidates! Shortly after that, they sent us a congratulations email with all the filming information and dates!
What was the experience like?
The experience was honestly much better than I was expecting. A camera man, producer, sound guy, and producer’s assistant were they only four people they sent for the filming, and they were very laid back and fun. Their personality made it so that we weren’t as nervous as we thought we were going to be.
We filmed the house we had already closed on during the first day, followed by our current living situation and couple interview the next day. A lot of the interview questions were very similar to the YouTube video questions. We also had to restate our answers in various way to allow the editors to “give us the personality” that will fit with the episode. As for the looking at the house portion, it was a blast! We had to film our comments in each room approximately five times the same exact way so the camera man could get a ton of different angles to look like there were multiple cameras filming. They planned to come back late January to film us looking at two other houses, as well as the renovations we have done with our house.
Any memorable moments or surprises?
For surprises, it would probably have to be how many times we had to film doing the same exact thing so it would appear like there were multiple cameras. Also, we had to get approval from Foster’s mom’s neighborhood to film at her house since that’s where we are living until the renovations are done. The HOA president is also the owner of KC Home and Style magazine, so she is putting us on the cover of her magazine once we are finished with all our renovations and talking about the HGTV experience.
One memorable moment was when they had to refilm us driving up to our house and talking about the details of the house outside because it started snowing heavily while we were looking at the inside of the house. The producer thought it would look weird if it had looked sunny when we were outside, then suddenly have it snowing when filming near windows.
What are you doing now?
Currently, I am working at KU Med in the In-Patient Pharmacy and finishing up my Master’s in Business Administration. I will be applying to medical and pharmacy school in the summer. My fiancé is an Account Executive for Canon Solutions.
We actually just got engaged right before Christmas. He just informed me that he told HGTV that he was going to ask me to marry him and get me another puppy before they came back for their second round of filming, so I feel like that had some pull in us getting picked.
And how’s the house?
We are currently doing a complete kitchen remodel, a complete bathroom remodel, and we put 30 can lights in the entire house. We ran into a lot of issues when we took down a wall in the kitchen to make it more open so that slowed down the process a lot. In the spring, we are putting up a privacy fence for our dog, painting the house, and doing a complete remodel of the master bathroom. We’ll have plenty of pictures of the before and after!
We can’t wait to see them! We’ll look out for your episode of House Hunters, set to air this summer, and we’ll let alumni know when to watch. Meantime, congratulations, Ashlyn and Foster, on your new home AND your engagement! HGTV couldn’t have found a cuter couple.