Today we’d like to introduce you to David Brady.
David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like many people who do what they love I feel fortunate. As I’ve always loved books and always loved to create, the two felt like a natural team when a friend asked me to make a book about his recent adventures in Guatemala and the murals of the Maya. I was hooked. I was hooked on the effect that the book had on the person who took the adventure and then relived it when looking through their personal publication.
A wide range of projects began to come into the studio, from wedding and special events to cookbooks and legacy books. Each one a personal moment or story that needed to be shared. One such project was “Wisdom for the Journey Within Us” by Frank Blackston, a family man who wrote inspiring quotes on anything he could find. These words of wisdom were made into a book and upon its completion, Frank through a party, with a wide grin he signed his book for everyone at the event (over 150 copies). Within a few weeks, I received a beautiful letter from the family telling of his passing after the party and how special that book meant to him and everyone that had it. That connection the book represented for me was a turning point in the company. I now wanted to focus on publications that not only brought people together but ones that would truly help others.
Throughout my life, I have always carried a sketchbook. I felt free to express anything that came along including my feelings about social issues such as mental health awareness. After completing a number of sketchbooks I began to make this personal artwork available to the public via social media and gallery exhibitions. This led to a series of unique publications that would tie in everything.
My desire to help others, make art and create unique books has come together. Here are a few examples:
• “The Humble Tiger” is a series of mental health recovery books by Joan Tucker, a Canadian psychiatrist.
• “Rise Up for Elephants”, Created for the PAMS foundation to raise funds for elephant protection. Includes a tribute by Dr. Jane Goodall.
• “Hug Tails”, Portraits of Therapy Pets, to support Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
• “Preserving the Archaeological Past” by the Kaplan Fund.
and a host of others.
Has it been a smooth road?
As they say, I took the road less traveled and no it has not been smooth. There is always a learning curve and I had many curves to navigate. Many of the early books simply did not make a profit. Most of this came from the amount of time I needed to gather information from the client like photographs and copy, most of the time the clients were simply too busy or tired to finish. Gradually, we overcame this with improved communication, better contracts, and good publications that convinced clients that we knew what we were doing and to let us take on more of the project.
The company never would have moved forward without the assistance of our first few clients that truly believed I was talented and wanted to see this new business succeed. One provided a free working studio to get us off of the ground and another kept bringing in projects for us to do.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
We create personal publications for anyone with a special event, a legacy to share, an adventure they just had or a cause they want to promote. Our services include taking your concept from an idea all the way through the printed copy in your hands. Our key service is that we are creatives providing people with a one-on-one experience with their project. Whether you want 1 or 1000 copies, we make it easy for our clients to allow others to purchase their book so they don’t have to foot the bill for friends and family.
We are known for making professionally designed books for people who never dreamed of finishing one. Many of our clients are surprised at how great their artwork or event looks after hiring us to create a book about it. I guess it’s what I enjoy most, to get the phone call after someone’s books have arrived and heard the joy and emotions generated after the box is opened. If you’ve ever seen the film “Back to the Future”, in the end, George McFly fulfills his lifelong dream to have his book published. The look on his face when he opens the box with the first copies is truly one of the best feeling’s one can have in life.
I’m proud of all of our publications for the happiness they bring to each client. My mother is proud that many of my books help others through fundraising, awareness, and support.
Connecting with each client personally about their project is what sets us apart. Each book tells a story of what we can create together with our clients by listening, sharing and always giving our best.
Is there something we can do as a city to improve the outlook for businesses like yours?
Yes, I do believe Phoenix is on the up and up. It is why I moved the company here from Los Angeles in 2018. I believe the creative and business communities are committed to growing new and exciting creative companies here. From the First and Third Friday’s to the Art Detour series, we have benefitted from these community-focused events.
- Initital publication consultation is free.
- Basic publications start as low as $750
- Order from 1 – 1000 copies
- Website: www.bradyart.com
- Phone: 480-408-3778
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brady_art
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bradyArt