As Chris himself says -
Taking a life lesson from the people who brought us peanut butter cups, I
took the two things I love most, music and visual arts, and combined them
to make a whole that was even more enjoyable than its parts. Mmmmmm...
With a background in radio, entertainment writing, club DJ-ing and concert
booking, I stumbled into the world of graphic design by making posters for
the concerts I booked. Eventually, I learned that designing posters was
way more fun than arguing over money with booking agents. That initiated a
hiatus from the music business which launched me into the land of
professional graphic design where I worked for about 5 years managing the
Art Departments for IT Firms and Ad Agencies. Preferring to use my own
photos over stock images, it was during this time that I began to teach
myself photography. Yup, I'm self taught. I just push buttons until things
make sense or catch on fire!
But eventually the world of music called me back to the fold. So I took
what I'd learned and started my own company known as funkfactor. Now I
spend my creative energy developing CD designs, websites, photo shoots and
more for members of the entertainment industry.
This change in career has been very kind to me as I've won numerous awards
including five East Coast Music Awards for both Photography and Graphic
Design, several Visual Artist of the Year awards from Music Nova Scotia as
well as a handful of Best Music Photographer awards from The Coast.