We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Travers and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Moving to California sixteen years ago from the Midwest was a big risk for me. I only knew one person and didn’t have a job, but had two college degrees, a little money saved up, and ambition. I’m now glad I did! Taking the risk to relocate to a more opportunistic location opened up new doors for me. It may be easier for some individuals to take risks given their situation, but I definitely think it’s something to seriously consider if you want to evolve both professionally and personally. You don’t have to move halfway across the country like I did to try something new you might not be comfortable with.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I currently work under the name “Redideo” as a Multimedia Producer & Artist. The name is a branding concept I came up with which is the fusion of the words: red (my hair when I had it), radio (audio), and video (visual) forming a multimedia neologism. While at the Kansas City Art Institute, I studied visual arts and sound and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media. My most recent art pieces would probably be classified as Generative Art. The art is algorithmically determined and computer-generated which makes me feel like more of an explorer. The artwork I currently produce consists of mostly fractals which I find really interesting because they’re the result of math equations that produce visuals ubiquitous in nature. For me, the trick is to discovering and framing something that is visually unique and intriguing to the viewer. Using fractals as an art form can be challenging to work with because a lot of people automatically associate it with psychedelia. In an attempt to prevent it being classified as “just trippy art,” I try to make the finished pieces more relatable to real-life objects. But, if you take the time to do more research, you’ll find that fractal math technology is used in a lot of different credible cutting edge industries and still evolving to this day. I have a book coming out soon with my fractal art. So, be on the lookout! Other past projects I’ve done include abstract art on upcycled vinyl records and a low brow comedy animation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My go-to spots in San Diego when people visit are: – 2-hour bay Hornblower Cruise. You have to try an adult beverage. – Cabrillo Monument – Balboa Park – Mt Soledad – any of the beaches – Mexican food (Depends where I’m at. There are so many great options.) – Hodads – breweries (All of them!) I love it when people visit because then I can do all of the touristy things.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely want to thank my family for being supportive of my decisions. There were also a lot of other people along my journey I’ve learned valuable lessons from that include coworkers, professors, and friends.
All images copyright Daniel “Redideo” Travers