We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan danley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I started this company with a purpose to provide fashion tees by a fan or a fan of themes / brands that I’m passionate about. so I don’t always go with the “in” crowd or do properties that are uber popular. I stay true to what I love so I don’t create something that I’m not a fan of just to make a quick buck. I scrutinize, over analyze and truly try to make something unique and one of a kind. When I started there were only a few companies like mine on instagram. Now they are a dime a dozen…so having my own style and uniqueness allows for distinction. The most important factor though is to make sure I’m truly in love with design and tee.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
started as a musician in 2000’s ….while in college started a band with my brother / high school friend and from there being a musician / artist was born. I was lucky to rise quickly in the local music scene and got great opps as a hired gun for a signed artist touring on warped tour and opening for HEART & ALICE COOPER… as well traveling around the country and world playing music professionally.. of course the road isn’t always easy as the music industry has gone through so much change in the last 2 decades. As a musician whose been signed, unsigned and everywhere in-between. What still motivates me is that feeling of regret if I quit. I still want to play in a band, still want to create, still want to make new music…. I’ve done producing, hired gun, soundtrack, teaching,,,but nothing satisfies my artist soul like being a guitar player in a band….
I started DOA CO. in-between musical projects ,,, I was depressed about a band breaking up and was drunk in line for a haunted house at halloween horror nights and decided I have something to offer in the way of tee designs and halloween / horror goods for events and conventions. The rest is history.
along the way you learn from failure. so its almost imperative to have some missteps. From those you learn what works, sells or doesn’t. so as much as I try not to fail, I also don’t let them destroy my mindset or progress.
DOA CO. is a brand of unique fashion tees and goods for the passionate spooky lifestyle.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
universal & disney. most definitely!!!! as well some great tiki bars like suffering bastard and trader sams. as well orlando has a great halloween bar “cocktails and screams”… we also have some great putt / putt courses which are always a blast…. orlando is like an adult playground so there is so much to do always!!! also we would have to take a trip to cocoa beach for a little surf sesh!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
my family,,,,who help with making products and events! I started this as a thought and dream and have manifested it to a successful business with the help of family!
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