My  professional life began in 1969 in photography with the U.S. Army, where I was trained as a photographer, applying my photographic skills to the Vietnam conflict in the early 70’s.

Fresh out of the service, I applied some G.I. bill money toward schooling as a professional announcer in a well-known Hollywood school for radio & television. Upon graduation, I stumbled into a job producing radio programming for Wolfman Jack.  The job was strange at best, and yielded some great L.A. stories that I tell at dinner parties.

At the same time I was introduced to the world of photography professionals by my future mother-in-law and I learned how to click a shutter with some of the best known names in the wedding and portrait realms.

My next show-biz job placed me in a sound studio recording  and mixing various

radio programs, including  former Governor Ronald Reagan’s “Viewpoint.” The show folded when the Governor went off to run for President.

The mid-70’s put me back in college working on a journalism degree, which I achieved, along with a great skill set for television and video production. My prominence as a

prolific producer there landed me a job with an educational television consortium and eventuated in an associate producer position, working for and with KABC-TV Los Angeles.

At the same time I also working as a fine artist, of sorts, painting photographer’s backgrounds, combining my knowledge as a photographer with my ever-present artistic sense to create a curious niche specialty that would serve me well in the future.

At the very same time I was helping start a

family printing business in Pasadena when I had an opportunity in newspaper advertising for a major southern California retailer.  The skills of  layout and design, camera work, copy-writing, production and art direction filled my bag of tricks for seven years.

In 1986,  I pulled up roots in L.A. and followed

my wife on her career opportunity to the

San Francisco bay area, did a short stint in marketing for a building supply manufacturer and eventually hooked up with the public health industry as a writer, designer and  program producer for anti-tobacco concerns.

At this time, personal computers were on the rise, and I found myself swept up into its mouse and Apple world,  learning, out of high interest and necessity, how to write, design and even photograph with this new creative tool.

My first foray into computer design was for anti-tobacco health campaigns and snagged me two Addy Awards for multi-media presentations. I dined on that until the California Prop. 13 funds ran out .

And then  there was the time when my wife

Athena suggested that I try my hand at decorative wall finishes. She had a

ready-made market as an interior designer. 

And so the primary tools of  latex paint and

sea sponges, used for creating those aforementioned photographic backgrounds, became a primary source of income for more

than 20 years.

With a bachelor’s degree in journalism and awards in advertising, I found myself making more money with basic art than I had ever expected. I’ve created hundreds of artistic environments working at 30-foot ceiling heights and floor-level baseboards. Go figure.

At present, with all these other creative outlets, I am enjoying the digital art of photography, with a specialty in architecture and interiors.

And which one of my talents will be tapped next? Who will need my skills to inspire, motivate or otherwise communicate?

Well, it could be you.

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Timothy D. Manning, Tim Manning, Manning Magic,,

Lafayette California, Walnut Creek, California, Contra Costa County California,

East San Francisco Bay, California,, photography, interior photography, architectural photography, portrait photography, event photography, digital photography, photo restoration, digital art & design, video production, multi-media presentation, graphic design, faux painting, decorative painting