Well, after high school I enrolled at Kent State University initially to study biochemistry and ultimately become a dentist. Haha, I know. I soon realized that was not the path for me. I had always enjoyed drawing and painting but never realized it was something I could do professionally until after my 3rd major change when I stumbled across the graphic design and illustration program at Kent, pairing it with a photography minor. Being young, indifferent, defiant and frustrated with the traditional ways of school I dropped out, moved home and hopped from bartending job to bartending job, partying too much and investing my time into activities that were dead end, and pointless. I started getting tattooed on a regular basis which got me back into drawing. I thought to be free from institutionalized education would make me more enlightened, but in reality, it just made me even more frustrated and unmotivated. So, I buckled down, went back to school and moved to Cleveland. Part of my degree requirement was an internship, and that’s how I got involved with TRG.
After my first day of working in the studio, my excitement to create and work and push myself was set into overdrive. Every day I learned more about photography and lighting and art and started coming on days I wasn’t even scheduled. Nothing else seemed to interest me more then what I could potentially learn here. Which brings us to today where I’m still just as excited to come to work and be a bit less of a degenerate.
Favorite Project You've Worked On
My favorite shoot was definitely the commercial we shot for Delta Private Jets in Cincinnati. We hung out in a private jet hangar throughout the three day shoot. My favorite part was the point when we needed a gooey grilled cheese for a shot so I hand steam a grilled cheese sandwich on the tarmac with a clothes steamer.