- creative services
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.
The interesting thing about having created Fast Forward Unlimited over 30 years ago … when I did so it was based on an ideal I knew was absolute. That if I loved what I did for income, I’d never work a day in my life. For me, there was no other option. So, I feel that my pursuits and day to day activities at Fast Forward are equal in fun and fulfillment to all other activities in my life. So when I’m asked what do I do with my free time, well … Fast Forward is part of my FREE TIME!
That being said, it’s certainly NOT all that I devote myself to. My life is an ever evolving series of activities and experiences that certainly keep me amused, challenged and fulfilled. Last Spring I decided to reunite with my old band members from White Tiger and put together a series of shows, for the first time in 32 years. We rehearsed for many months and began playing in the NJ rock club circuit again, our first show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, Dec 13, 2014. It was a blow-out success. So we’re playing again and loving it. I’ve got a renewed commitment to playing my guitar,, I’ve got my music back in my life, along with my band (an old, seasoned family) and it’s so rewarding. I’ve also changed my lifestyle to include daily workouts at the gym, I spend time with my Grandkids and my kids who I love limitlessly, and the very special relationships in my life that give passion meaning. I also love to cook. So, my free time is as creative as my time with Fast Forward Unlimited. And honestly, all of my life is free time. It really feels great to say that.
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.