WHAT DO YOU DO AT FAST FORWARD UNLIMITED?
I've been an advertising photographer since I started FFU almost 30 years ago. And today, I continue to do just that. I also build relationships with everyone who needs our services. I love people and I love being able to provide creative services that help grow their businesses and enhance their survival. After years of putting rock bands together, I've learned to understand creative personalities. I've overseen the process of building a team of cohesive, prolific artists who inspire each other and our clients. So That's really what I do now at FFU. I make friends and try to enhance prosperity for everyone. Additionally, I shoot and edit video, write and record music for web and video, and oversee the operations and morale of our team and our clients.
WHAT ASPECT OF DESIGN DO YOU FEEL IS MOST IMPORTANT?
Enthusiasm! And an inspired intuition. Every client has very specific expectations when they come to us for a service. We breathe life into their expectations. We create art, in every form. Photography, graphic design, web design & programming, SEO and Social Media, copywriting, character and technical illustration, video and audio production, music composition. Technical expertise is a prerequisite, boundless inspired creativity on command is the most important aspect of design.
My home life contains the same level of creative energy as my business life. My wife is an artist, a painter. Her work is on display in The Cutting Room in NYC and in the exclusive homes of her many commission patrons and celebrity clients all over the world. Together we have created, with our own sweat, a unique home paradise that has occupied every moment of our free time for the last 3 years. We also entertain friends, travel to Italy (her family) and New Orleans (my family) every year, and watch great movies.
About Dan before Fast Forward :
- In 1963 at the age of 7 years, I saw the Beatles appear for the first time in America on the Ed Sullivan show. I decided at that very moment that I wanted to play the guitar in a rock band. At the age of 10 I got my first guitar. At the age of 22, in 1978,a after years of putting bands together and playing in any New Orleans night club or CYO dance that would have us, I got the opportunity to take my band to the New York City area and play the very active rock club circuit. The drinking age was 18 and everyone wanted to see and hear rock 'n roll. My band was White Tiger, we were from New Orleans, and we were a huge hit here in the north east. After over 4 years of extreme success, in 1982, I made a career change. I wanted to make conceptual photographs for the national advertising world. I had a friend in NYC that had achieved world-class success doing this, so I went to work for him. Soon I broke off on my own, opened my own studio in downtown Manhattan, and worked for over 12 years doing special effects photography for national ad campaigns and record covers. Fast Forward Unlimited was born. In 1998 I moved my business out of Manhattan into the nearby northern NJ area and grew my client base and roster of services to what it is today.
Education/Design Background :
- Communications major at Loyola University.
- Photography learned under the employment of Don Carroll, NYC and Alberto Rizzo, NYC.
Quirky design characteristics :
- I don't experience time passing when I'm shooting or designing. And I continue to create ideas and options unless I force myself to look at the fact that there an economic side to this art and business. I would still be working on the first album cover I did if time and fees weren't a consideration.