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THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2016
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Local Handyman to Get Screen Time
By Katie McFadden
Rockaway’s own handyman
will soon make his television
debut. Handyman Artie Wal-
lace will be a part of TLC’s
brand new show, Hidden Mon-
ey Makeover, which will feature
an Arverne property in one of
the first few episodes.
Sometime this late summer
or fall, TLC will premiere Hid-
den Money Makeover. Design
expert Jill Martin and handy-
man Gage Cass show home-
owners around the country that
their home makeover dreams
aren’t impossible. They help
turn clutter into cash, which
they use to transform a part
of their home. However, local
handyman Artie Wallace, and
his crew were selected to do
the brunt work behind some of
these makeovers and will ap-
pear on the show.
When the producers decided
to film an episode in Arverne,
they went on a search for local
construction crews. “They were
looking for someone here be-
cause the first shoot was sup-
posed to be in Arverne. They
came across my Facebook page
and website and saw I had a
good reputation, so they con-
tacted me. We went back and
forth a bit, but I finally agreed
on a deal and they called me in
for the first show in Arverne,”
Wallace said, adding that it
led to a second shoot. “They
were happy working with me,
so they asked me to go to New
Jersey for another episode as
well.”
Wallace filmed both episodes
with the crew in July. He says
he got to work alongside Cass
in several scenes and he and
his crew did much of the con-
struction on site for each ep-
isode. “We had to build walls,
put in doors, make a book-
shelf, install shutters and other
things,” Wallace said.
Wallace says it was a good
opportunity
for
exposure.
“I thought it would be good
publicity and a nice chance to
show off my work in a big way.
I feel like it’s a big thing for
a local crew like ours to have
their work shown on national
television,” he said. The air-
date for the episodes has not
yet been announced, but if all
goes well with the pilot epi-
sodes, Wallace says he may get
more screen time. “We had a
good experience with the pro-
ducers and were happy to work
with them and they were happy
with us, so we feel strongly that
if the network continues with
the show, we’ll be working to-
gether more,” he said.
Wallace says the experience
made him more comfortable
on film. “I’m not one to be on
camera, but I felt comforta-
ble working on the show and
it turned out to be an exciting
experience. I was hesitant at
first to see my face on TV, but
now I’m kind of looking for-
ward to it,” he said. While he
waits for the show to air, Wal-
lace has started his own video
project. Wallace, who writes
the DIYer column for the
Rockaway Times, has taken it
beyond print. He is working
with Susanne Max of Fabu-
lous Finds and Refurbs and
filming his own DIY project
episodes called Quality Af-
fordable Makeovers for You-
Tube. “It’s similar to what I do
with the DIYer, but on a larger
scale. They’re projects for the
everyday person. Susanne is
excellent with designing and I
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Artie, The DIYer