Oddly enough, my journey in the visual arts began on Halloween nights as a youth in Miami, watching my mom don witches makeup and answer the door for trick or treaters. The fun she had and the look on the other kids' faces clearly had an impact. When my sister gave me a book about monster movies, I learned that people actually did that kind of thing for a living. My quest to become a special effects makeup artist was interrupted only when I discovered I could actually make the films, too.
After graduating high school, film school in L.A. followed, where I worked some interesting film & TV gigs while I studied.
Returning to the D/FW area, I embarked on an odyssey of jobs that included producing video for an ad agency, loads of freelance PA work, a few independent industrials and dozens of freelance art gigs where I produced logos and brochures for clients.
A brief move to Orlando, Florida saw me working as a paste-up artist/supervisor for a weekly newspaper, a production artist at a graphics agency and a designer/pre-press technician at a print shop, where I learned everything I know about commercial art & printing. I also discovered the wonderful world of creating graphics with computers instead of pen/ink/blades/rulers. I owe my livelihood to a generous Art Director at the Sun Newspaper group who showed me the magic of Adobe Illustrator on the Mac platform. AMAZING! It changed my life.
Except for marrying my wife and having my first child, Orlando didn't have much to hold on to me so back to Texas I went.
A stint as a graphic artist for a manufacturer kept me busy until I opened Upstairs Media and began looking for print design clients. Shortly thereafter, I learned of a new piece of software and hardware that would allow me to edit video on the computer. Another life changer. Now I could look for print AND video clients.
I did that for many years, had another child, then decided to go to work for bigger firms where I could do bigger projects. Now I produce video for Tucker Rocky Distributing. My graphic arts abilities, film training and life experience have enabled me to be a multi-faceted video producer. The story does not end there as I am developing a feature film about Cuban Artist Antonio Gattorno.