A Currituck native and Elizabeth City State University graduate will be “Making It” on a network TV show airing Monday night.
Ashley Basnight, 28, will appear on Monday night’s season 2 premiere of the NBC reality series “Making It.” The show, which is hosted by actors and executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, challenges contestants by assigning them a series of handmade projects. For example, in an episode last season the contestants had to make a working light fixture using natural items found outdoors, like acorns and corn husks.
The season’s overall winner is awarded $100,000 and the title of Master Maker.
Basnight graduated from Currituck County High School in 2009 and from ECSU in 2013. Today, the computer science major works as a software engineer for Boeing in Oklahoma City.
“I work on the B52 bomber,” Basnight said, during a phone interview Tuesday.
Basnight also is into woodworking and shares many of her projects at her Do Itself Yourself blog at Handmade-Haven.com.
“I had started a woodworking business about three years ago,” Basnight said, explaining how she became interested in appearing on “Making It.”
“Man, I really think I can be on that show,” she said, of her reaction after watching a few episodes. Fans on Instagram also encouraged her to apply, so she did.
The show allowed her the opportunity to showcase her talents and creativity, she said.
“I definitely think it was an exciting experience,” she said. “It definitely was a big eye-opener.”
Making It is a two-week competition with episodes airing nightly from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 2 through Dec. 5, and again on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. The season concludes Dec. 11 with a two-hour finale starting at 9 p.m.
Fans can catch a glimpse of Basnight in the season 2 trailer posted at nbc.com/making-it/video/amy-poehler-and-nick-offerman-share-a-first-look-at-season-2-of-making-it/4065892.