If you think itâ€™s impossible to succeed in more than one career at a
time, you havenâ€™t met Wanda N. ColĂłn.
As one of the most prominent Latina personalities on cable television, she is currently seen as host and designer on the popular TLC program â€śHome Made Simple.â€ť The third season of the show finds ColĂłn traveling to Washington D.C. and Atlanta, bringing a spirited enthusiasm and common touch into a new private home every week. But when sheâ€™s not appearing on the air, sheâ€™s in Los Angeles, maintaining an impressive list of private
clients for her own design firm, creating her own artwork, and, most recently, producing her own short film.
The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants and raised in Reading,
Pennsylvania, ColĂłn grew up with a strong work ethic and sense of
family that drove her to pursue her passions from an early age.
Fascinated with the world of theatre as both a designer and an
actress, she worked her way through college as a bank manager before
deciding that she had the determination and skill to pursue a life in
Relocating to California, ColĂłn continued to hone her acting skills in
classes while finding her design skills were in demand â€“ first in
commercial and film production work, and then designing for private
clients, including Cher and Kelsey Grammar. With her passion for
local artists and materials that reflect local culture and history,
Wandaâ€™s easy-going personality and careful attention to the needs of
her clients made her a natural for the camera, and she found herself
designing and appearing on a number of shows on HGTV, including the
popular â€śDesignerâ€™s Challenge,â€ť â€śDesigning for the Sexes,â€ť and â€ś24
Hour Design.â€ť That has lead to the stint on â€śHome Made Simpleâ€ť and a
new career as one of the most visible Puerto Rican-Americans on TV.
Recently, ColĂłn has expanded to include spokesperson in her resume,
appearing in an infomercial for Body By Jake and signing on with
Febreeze. Sheâ€™s also scheduled an upcoming USO tour to visit troops
in Japan, Korea, Guam, and Okinawa, and recently starred in and
produced a short film â€śSalt,â€ť based on her own screenplay. The
Spanish-language short is currently being circulated to film festivals.