CAYLE, FROM
UP NORTH

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WE'RE ALL FROM SOMEWHERE

THE NORTHWOODS MADE ME

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EARLY YEARS

My hometown, two stoplights and 1,500 people. 1,500 of the hardest working and kindest souls one could meet. Park Falls, Wisconsin - this is you. My family. It's your grit, firm determination and raw authenticity that keep me believing what can "be". The epitome of unity and putting others first, the backbone of Smalltown, USA and the backbone of Me. I could not chase, I could not pursue, such a lofty and in many's eyes, naive and unattainable dreams without you. For I am only mirroring such grit, determination and authenticity I observed in my youth. To overcome. 

As a kid, I was fortunate to spend much of my time with my grandparents. It was then when my first dream, or obsession, with film and movies was born. I would return from school and sit with my Grandpa watching old westerns and classic films, sprinkled in with many episodes of Andy Griffith and MASH. There I would think, "I wanna do that". The Duke, Clint Eastwood and Paul Newman quickly grew to be my favorites and greatest inspirations. Throughout my years, this idea never faltered. I grew incredibly fond of the arts, as a whole, and what it means to be a well-rounded, expressive, creative mind. From drawing to interior design and from fashion to footwear, I fell in love with all things design and creative.

COLLEGE YEARS

I went on to the University Wisconsin-Stout, where I graduated with an Industrial Design degree, minoring in Business Administration. It was there my understanding for design and the creative arts was drastically elevated. I learned the significance of emotional and empathetic design and how lives can be enhanced as a result, truly galvanizing my approach.

'NOW WHAT?' YEARS

Those were the questions. Now what? What next? I had my diploma. I had promising design opportunities in the Midwest. But I still had that long-lasting dream. You know, the strong, lingering gut feeling of needing to try something outside the expected norm. This was the time. This IS the time. With every square inch of my little Ford Focus packed tightly with duffle bags and some of Grandma's jam, I said my I love you's, gave big bear hugs and hit the road for Los Angeles, California. It was not an easy journey at first, sleeping in my car (I'm sorry Mom), and until finding a place to live in an unfinished garage on an air mattress. (Thank you, you know who you are.)

 

After a short time, I was able to land a design position and begin building anew. I guess that diploma was good for something ;). I began working and saving, knowing I was going to take that leap and pursue acting fully in the near future. I was deeply focussed on my goals and was constantly looking toward the days ahead. But now after reflection, it was, and still is in these days, that I'm growing into my true own self and falling in love with the process that is life.

 

Currently I'm creating album artwork for multiple up and coming artists as well as spreading the word of love and positivity through my clothing line I launched this past year, DamgoodCo. Oh, and yes, pursuing that long-lasting dream of being an actor.  

FEATURED IN

FEATURED ON

Featured NFL uniform designs. "Rams will have a new uniform concept in 2021, so we asked you to design it".

Featured NFL rebrand design for the Washington Football Team. Received the top-vote for this work.

TLC's Training Spaces, Season 2, 2019

Featured guest designer on the web-series show with Ty Pennington and Paige Davis.

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Alumni interview - creative success.

Runner's World Magazine, 2016

Photographed Olympic-Qualifier Stephen Shay and his van life-story. This story went on to be picked up by multiple online publications.

Photographed Olympic-Qualifier Stephen Shay and his van life-story. 

PUBLISHED
WORK

Photographed Olympic-Qualifier Stephen Shay and his van life-story. 

Photographed Olympic-Qualifier Stephen Shay and his van life-story.