Hampton, Va. – When Hampton University alumnus Duwayno Robertson decided to take a job in Australia, he had no idea that it would also lead to an appearance on national television.
Robertson graduated from Hampton University in 1997 with a degree in electrical engineering.
He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2015 when the local utility company offered him a position creating battery storage units for homes.
His new surroundings meant he would need the perfect apartment to accommodate relatives and friends visiting from back home.
While Robertson doesn’t care to be in the spotlight, he took the advice of a friend and applied to “House Hunters International,” a program on the Home and Garden Television network (HGTV).
Months later, the network agreed to help Robertson find his new place.
“The big thing I got out of it was challenging myself to do something I wouldn’t normally do,” he said.
Television is edited to fit the parameters of 30 minutes or an hour, so few see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
As Robertson puts it, "There was a lot of waiting while the crew set up, but it was well worth it."
After a little digging, Robertson found his new home and had a little fun in the process.
“It was a good experience for me. Personally, I’m pretty private. Having conversations with friends of mine, I have been encouraged to share more with more people. This was the first step,” he said.
Tune in to HGTV this Wednesday, November 30th at 10:30 p.m. and December 1st at 1:30 a.m.