Hailing from the land of monster truck rallies and flannel shirts, Indiana, I'm a proud Midwesterner.
I've been designing and image-making for over 20 years. And, I have been very fortunate to work with some of the top brands in the world.
I make things. All kinds of things. Cars, photos, motion clips, logos, bikes...It's what I have a passion for, especially doing it alongside those with a passion for what they do.
Tell us about your background
I'm originally from Greentown, IN, a small town about an hour north of Indianapolis. I lived in Washington D.C. for about 12 years, where I ran a design and photography studio. From there, I moved to the DFW area. I worked as a lead designer at a design studio called Already Been Chewed, where I was able to work with dream clients such as Nike, Malibu Boats, KLOVE and several other brands. I moved back to Indiana about 5 years ago and recently began a freelance career in design and photography.
How do you like being a freelance designer/photographer/branding expert?
I love it. I’ve never taken my ID from what I do, because there’s a lot more to me than my work. I don’t label myself as one thing, and I also get to use the gifts I’ve been given to help others. Working with people who love what they do is amazing, and I really value my relationships with clients who actually love their careers.
Favorite thing about being an entrepreneur
The freedom that comes with it and being able to switch it up. I also enjoy the risk factor of not having a “stable” 9-5 job. With that risk factor, there’s no guarantee that I’ll have jobs lined up from week to week. But, with that risk, there’s freedom that people who work a 9-5 don’t have.
Most difficult part about being an entrepreneur
The discipline. I could sit here all day today and mess around, but you’ve gotta do it. No one else is going to pick up the slack. Basically, having creativity on all the time - that can get tough.
Favorite local restaurant
Asparagus in Merrillville
Favorite local shop
Society and The Drivers Gallery
Favorite entrepreneur resource
Behance, which has curated galleries of work. It helps to spark inspiration and design.
Most valuable thing you've learned being in business for yourself
Take risks. Take nothing for granted. Take breaks.
I like to find a really obscure scents/cologne. I look everywhere for them!
Fun fact about you
I was in a band called The Snake Biters. We were in one show, then we broke up because of creative differences