In my early 20's, I became a licensed General Contractor and started my own business, Brahma House, as a designer/builder in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Hills. One of my clients asked me to do some modeling for a local magazine, and in the process I developed an interest in photography art direction for magazines. As I enjoyed books and reading in my spare time, it was natural for me to take an interest in the imagery, composition and presentation magazines offered for creative consumption. Soon I was studying Architectural Digest on a regular basis and engrossed in interior design and other architectural design magazines in between monthly publications of the Digest.
In high school, I was an "A" student in drafting and really enjoyed it. After my short stay in college as an athletic major, I enrolled in a night course for architectural drafting and soon landed a small project that required me to draw the construction plans for a remodeling project. I asked my drafting teacher if I could turn in the drawings from my project at the end of the course for my grade instead of drawing the plans the rest of the class was working on. He said yes and I never went back to that class again. I eventually finished the remodel and continued my career designing and building a wide variety of projects that ranged from custom furniture, cabinetry and kitchens, exterior hardscapes, specialty construction, remodels and house additions. And, I did get an "A" in my architectural drafting night course.