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Meet Bryan Dahl

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Dahl.

Hi Bryan, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m a classically trained singer and pianist and self-taught photographer and videographer, converting my family’s farmland in Valley Center into a permaculture farm and event space for weddings and retreats. I’ve performed alongside both singers from the Metropolitan Opera and musicians from Morris Day and the Time. My video editing work has produced promotional materials for concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Prior to the pandemic, I was singing opera in Chicago. Three days before opening night, our show was canceled. I was also working on the television shows that film in Chicago and they were also shut down at the same time. Realizing there would be no work anytime soon, I flew back to California and began cleaning up our family property. Eleven acres of farmland and dense oak trees have gone relatively untouched for several decades. The pandemic seemed like a good time to reconnect with the land acre by acre. It’s been over a year now and I’ve since left Chicago and relocated here permanently. I’ve been photographing events for Discover Magazines, planting hundreds of trees on our property and getting to know San Diego again.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Covid has been an interesting struggle- professionally, politically, personally.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My first degree was a BA in English from UC Berkeley and my grad work was singing opera at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Along with all the years of video editing in between, the most important lesson I’ve learned is that the creative process can never be concerned with words, or notes, or images. The end goal is always the emotional response from an audience. If that goal is clear, the pieces fall into place.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
The world moves faster every day and the consequence is that more information must be condensed into shorter and faster deliveries. There is more and more demand for media, but media is quickly consumed and recycled. On the surface, there is less demand for deeply moving experiences, but I think more people are beginning to crave more meaningful experiences and escapes from their daily routines.

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