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Rising Stars: Meet Rick Staggs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Staggs.

Hi Rick, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Born and raised in San Antonio,Tx, after graduating high school and having a passion for music and sound. Decided to make the move to Tempe, AZ and attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Science, after graduating I was able to pick up an internship in either NY or LA and that didn’t take long to decided. Los Angeles would be my new home. Ended up staying out there for almost a decade pursuing music as an engineer, playing around the city in bands and doing session work as a bass player. While playing music I started to dwindle in photography, having just a point and shoot I wanted to know more about the in’s and out’s of the camera and how to really use it for what it was for. Los Angeles is a beautiful city and I couldn’t have asked for a better practice field to learn on. With my 30’s swiftly coming up I decided that I wanted something a little more stable and decided to move back to San Antonio. With being gone for 10 yrs it was slow start building back up in SA, but was able to find my way in to a portrait photography company. I found my passion in the portrait medium and was successful with in the company winning multiple national awards and placing in multiple contests. What was going to be a seasonal gig turned into a 11 year career and I met my wife and we had 2 beautiful daughters along the way, but what seems to be a pattern I found interested in creating in a different medium. I took shop class in middle school and was a trade that stuck with me and was always in the back of my mind. With my grandfather a woodworker and my father being excellent with his hands in building what felt like anything, I started to want to do the same. My wife was a big push in the process and after having our first daughter there was some kind internal instinct to build and use my hands. Can’t explain that, but went with it and this is where we find ourselves.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It’s been a little rocky, but with the help of family and friends I’ve been able to keep the train going. In a lot of ways I am still green to the craft and I feel in this line of work you’re always learning something new. I am my worse enemy and find myself in my head more than I should be, I am my worse critic and that is where family and friends come into picture and important.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I primarily work with wood. Custom items for companies like KSAT12 (SA LIVE) , residential and business. Items like cutting boards, coffee tables, cabinet built-ins, chairs and many other items. I’m still green to the field and the craft so I like to take on new projects whenever I can.

What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
So far the best lesson I’ve learned along the way is the patience. With a craft like this everything takes time and patience.

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