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Behind the Brush - Part II

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Now before I explain what lied on the other side of that door and took me down an exciting, adventurous, and very lucrative career for the past 8 years of my life, I would like to explain were I was at that time and what nut I was trying to crack.

 

It was when Orange county Choppers was everywhere you looked and the big boom of reality TV was just starting to rear it’s ugly head. Before Octomom had 57 babies and an a guy named “ Billy “ a rodent exterminator became a celebrity. Yes, you may sense a bit of attitude and sarcasm in my story, because I was just beginning a show of my own called “The Art of The Ride”.

 

This was going to be one of the coolest reality TV shows and focus on some behind the scenes of how the art was designed created and executed on some of the coolest vehicles on the planet. I had already finished about 5 episodes and we were test running them on local television stations in about 87 different cities and towns all around the east coast. Hoping the right person might see or hear of the show and it might be discovered for main line TV.

 

I’m most proud of the very first episode because so much work went into it and it was a very cool vehicle called a “T-REX”. It was a type of crazy looking motorcycle type vehicle that really turned everybody’s head were ever it was seen. I painted it for a semi-pro ball player and we did a wild realistic fire theme on it with a large basket ball featuring the slogan “game over” burned into the ball. It turned out to be quite the painting because as you’ll see in the show if you check it out, we used an automotive chip guard coating in a way to make the texture of the basket ball look incredibly real. That particular show actually was a 2 part show and when it went out on the local airwaves, actually started to generate a lot of interest in our direction and people started to ask what was next.

 

Well 5 more episodes were filmed and 4 more were edited and released when the a large door of opportunity stood before me on Feb. 15, 20?? I was asked if I would be interested in taking my airbrush course that I was teaching privately to people I had met at the “live” airbrush shows, and write a curriculum for a technical college level program and jump onboard.

 

Wow! Well I never seen that one coming. I had only started teaching because I was now being asked at the car shows by so many people if I had ever thought of teaching. After all I was showing techniques, and explaining how things were done and created right in front of you at the shows and people just assumed I was different than most artists in the sense that I didn’t mind sharing my methods and techniques. Since this was occurring so much at each show I was attending, I explored that avenue as well and began my own private classes in the basement of a very run down auto body shop.

 

I figured if you really wanted to learn I could definitely teach you, but I had no glamorous place to in which to teach. Well that was all about to change because now the Baran Institute of Technology was asking me to jump on board and add my already successful private course to there very successful and established auto body program and create what would be known as the “custom plus program”. Later that year the program took off and became one of the fastest growing new curriculums. Students from Tech schools all over the east coast and as far out west as Ohio and Indiana were eager to come to CT and take this new and exciting program.

 

So why did this program take off so quickly and produce the numbers and the buzz it did so fast? Well it all started when one of the main admissions reps. Came to me one day and said, “Hey Rich, I have an idea and I want to run it by you”. That was the beginning of one of the most exciting, adventurous, and satisfying segments of my career.

 

To be continued……