(The content on this page is actually from another of my ventures, ActingUpward.com. as it was necessary for me to provide a bit more information for the visitors of that site.)
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A brief history
I’ve been called a jack-of-all-trades. And I certainly haven’t taken the most conventional path in life.
Computer graphics artist
I’m formerly a computer graphics artist. I’ve worked for AAA gaming companies like Rockstar Games and Big Huge Games making art for top-rated video games. I worked on Red Dead Redemption as well as the Rise of Nations series.
In my career, I’ve designed websites, coded HTML, created logos, designed user interfaces, shot & edited videos, and more. And I still do, but mainly for myself now.
I began my professional portraits career in 2004 — but I should note that I have sometimes taken years-long breaks from portrait photography to juggle other careers. But even with breaks, I have several years of experience with portrait and landscape & nature photography — which hopefully shows in my work.
I’m a writer and soon-to-be-author. You may have come across some of my work online and not realized I wrote it (it’s often unattributed). And it’s not the sort of writing that most people care to find out where it came from.
“Not everyone will understand your journey. That’s fine. It’s not their journey to make sense of. It’s yours.” ~ Zero Dean
That’s my most popular piece. In 2013, it was shared with a combined audience of over 30 million people on Facebook alone.
Most of the quotes you will find online are actually excerpts from my pending 3-book personal development series which was born from a nearly 2-year journey I spent crisscrossing the United States on an epic road trip covering over 60,000 miles.
I took an unplanned break from book-writing to help a friend with his general contracting business. What can I say, doing hard labor sounded like fun! He asked and I said yes (here’s what happened).
I also have a fair bit of experience writing comedy in the form of a webcomic — although it’s all actually real-life experiences written in a funny way.
Before I began sharing lessons in written form, creating & teaching computer graphics pipelines, providing guidance to portrait subjects, mentoring models, and giving photography & photoshop lessons to budding photographers, I was sponsored as an undergrad to design and teach a college level course at my University (Intro to Computer Animation).
And before that, I was hired by my University to teach multimedia software and web/graphic design to students and faculty. So I have a fair bit of experience providing guidance as well as using the software and tools necessary to create content.
Oh, and at one point, I spent a semester in Australia studying Screenwriting and Film Production.
This just goes to show you I’ve been pursuing related interests for years.
In 1998, I founded a private network for computer graphics, animation, and FX professionals in the film industry.
20 years later it is the longest-running community of its kind and is still a thriving communication network composed of all the major players in the Animation and FX industry around the globe — including major studios like Disney, Pixar and Industrial Light+Magic as well as Academy Award winners, directors, and more.
In 2006, I founded the SoCal Mountain Bike Club and Funbuddy Social Activities Clubs. Both became highly active and thriving communities before disbanding after I moved south to San Diego.