My father was able to peak my interests in technology, but it was my brother who first showed me Photoshop while I was in Middle School. I remember being amazed that I could edit, crop, cut and all the other bells and whistles that came along with Photoshop 7. That’s right, I’m talking before the Creative Suite versions and even longer before the Creative Cloud versions that are now the norm.
Since that fateful day in which my brother showed me his school project, I’ve never looked back. Graphic Design became my passion; it’s what I went to Quinnipiac University for. Unfortunately, web design was not the biggest subject in the program I was in. During and after college, it was up to me to learn HTML, CSS, FTPing WordPress, PHP and everything else that goes along with creating a working, accessible, mobile friendly website. Learning and being able to teach myself is something I pride myself in. I believe that the mind dies when you decide to stop learning any new skill or bit of information. That is a mind-state I take with me everyday, to every project and to every job.
In my time after school, I relocated to Los Angeles; let’s just say that it’s been fun out here, but the city of Angels has been far from heaven sent. I was able to work full-time for a few companies in my time out here, the last being Guff.com, aka RB Media. They went through a few rounds of layoffs due to a lack of funding. Unfortunately me and a bunch of friends fell into the layoff pit; however, this was a major turning point in my life. I started my own freelance web and graphic design company in the weeks after the layoff and have currently been freelancing full-time for over 2 years now. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some big name clients such as Valerie Fitzgerald and Katherine Schwarzenegger, plus many more!
If you’re a full time employer reading this you may be thinking, “well he sounds like he’s just a freelancer,” and while that was true for the last 2 years, I am now in a position where I’d like to get back into the swing of a 9-5 job. Communication and writing are two other skills I pride myself in. I can promise that I may not always be the best designer, but I will always be the easiest to work with.