By: Ryan Cass
My name is Ryan Cass and I grew up in Jenks, Oklahoma. I was raised by parents who taught me to treat others how I want to be treated, and to never compromise who I am. I always wanted to stand out, and parents like mine helped me to do that because they didn’t tell me it was wrong, they encouraged it. If it wasn’t the X-large suede Ecko Unltd jersey it was the bright purple soccer cleats. Having this creative liberation allowed me to be as “me” as possible, and in turn helped me grow into the creative I consider myself today.
I believe that people can do great things when they are in the correct niche. I’ve found through college that when I was working on things that didn’t interest me, the quality of the work would be lacking and I would be miserable. But when I actually started taking courses that I enjoyed, and writing articles or taking pictures of things that I enjoyed, there was a dramatic change in the quality and efficiency of my work. I’ve always had the idea in my head that no matter where I went in life I would never be stuck doing something that I wasn’t passionate about. That’s not to say I haven’t had a job I didn’t like, because I have, I currently do, and I most likely will again, but I will always be striving for the life I envision myself. If it is acquiring on the side commissions, or sneaking a camera into music festivals, or helping friends design album covers or videos, I’m constantly putting time towards what I am really passionate about and that motivation to grow helps me get through the work I don’t like doing.
I’ve done many things over the course of the twenty one years I’ve been around. I played soccer from the age of 5 until the age of 19 when I decided to leave the school I was playing collegiate soccer at, CSU-Pueblo, and transfer to OU. I had always been interested in photgrpahy, and would take pictures of my friends during high school, but it wasn’t until I got to OU that I began to think in terms of a career, what fields I was skilled in, and what I enjoyed, and photography fit the description. I got on as a freelance writer for a local Oklahoma City magazine called Red Dirt Report. Through them I was able to combine my adoration for music, specifically hip hop, and my photography to create articles and build my portfolio. I hope to learn how to do more digital design work so that I can be a more well-rounded creative.
My desire to create an exciting life for myself is what guides me through the process of growing up. It’s hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life when there’s so much to do. By networking and learning about career paths that involve things I am interested in I’ve been able to find a more secure end goal that I know I’ll enjoy.
People that have reached their goals motivate me to reach mind. People who started on a blank canvas and wrote stories that would outlast their soul. Seeing other people succeed only motivates me to succeed more because I get a sense for what it’s like. What my parents and grandparents went through to get to where they are today motivates me because I’m old enough to understand that I was more fortunate than many other kids. That thought left an impression on me, and is a constant reminder to create and work to the best of my ability in whatever I do.
Design plays a very small role in my life so far, but I strive to change that over the course of this class. I am a photographer first, but if I can incorporate digital design skills into my arsenal it would create major room for improvement.