by Tyler Stahle and Miryelle Resek
On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Jonathan and Drew Scott, more commonly known as the Property Brothers from the popular HGTV show, will grace the RootsTech stage as keynote speakers at the world’s largest family history conference. At RootsTech, the brothers will talk about their unique family ties and the can-do attitudes their family fostered, their positive outlooks, childhoods, careers, and their shared passions for the entertainment industry and for buying and renovating property.
1. Entrepreneurship runs in the family.
The twins have been entrepreneurs since they were seven years old when they started JAM Enterprises (which stood for Jon, Andrew, and Mom). As a team, they sold decorative hangers adorned by nylon, which sold by the thousands. Perhaps this is where they got their eye for turning something ordinary into something extraordinary.
“We would go door-to-door in our neighborhood, and people thought it was cute,” said Jonathan in an interview with Parade.
Their older brother, JD, is also involved with the Property Brothers TV show. He hosts behind-the-scenes coverage of the twins online, and he helps grow the family business with his out-of-the-box approach. Together, the three Scott brothers founded Dividian Production Group in 2004—a company that helped indie films with content writing and directing. Eventually, this company helped the brothers launch their own projects.
2. They love entertaining.
Both Jonathan and Drew began their entertainment career when they were eight years old. They dressed up as clowns for local parades, birthday parties, and other kid-friendly events.
“We were 8 years old, and my dad said we had to get a job,” recalled Jonathan in an interview with Real Style. “We were thinking of different things. We saw that there was an ad, like, ‘Learn how to be a clown, and you’ll be hired for parades.’ We thought, ‘That sounds awesome!’ We did that. We were actually making pretty good money as kids.”
Eventually Jonathan, tired of the makeup, chose to go into magic.
“I [segued] into doing more magic as opposed to the clowning and it built from there,” he told Real Style. “I won a lot of awards for my illusions. My illusions are a full Vegas-style show where there’s music and dance and special effects and all kinds of stuff.”
The two have been on comedy sketches, played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and with the Harlem Globetrotters, and have recorded country songs, one of which was number 38 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
3. They’ve been involved with real estate since they were teenagers.
The Scott brothers were ahead of their time, restoring houses before it was a popular thing to do. With $250 down, they bought their first house across from the University of Calgary—and ended up selling it for a $50,000 profit.
Their success with flipping homes was so profitable that they continued, and they started a real estate and construction business known as Scott Real Estate, Inc., which eventually caught the eye of producers and led to the beginnings of Property Brothers.
4. They are country boys at heart.
Growing up on a ranch in Vancouver, Canada, means that country living is secondhand to the brothers. Some of their fondest family memories include hiking, camping, canoeing, and horseback riding. The Scott brothers say their strong work ethic is a result of the early-morning responsibility of caring for and feeding the family’s various farm animals.
Drew and Jonathan Scott even went back to their roots to help family friends renovate their country ranch in under 10 weeks. Both of the country songs they recorded debuted in their Property Brothers at Home on the Ranch series.
5. Their relationship is built on trust and friendship.
From competitive bagpipe playing to karate to working together, the brothers have spent an enormous amount of time with each other. So how do they manage to not get on each other’s nerves?
In multiple interviews they talked about how they immediately address any problems or issues they’re having. “We say what’s on our mind, good news or bad news,” said Jonathan in an interview that appeared in the Deseret News. “People always are asking if we ever argue and fight and, to be honest, we don’t.”
The Scott brothers also enjoy making each other laugh, whether with magic tricks or pranks. It’s just one more piece of evidence that shows the brothers enjoy spending time with one another and have a great relationship.
Register for RootsTech today, and don’t miss this opportunity to hear from the Scott Brothers.
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