Here’s My Story

‍As ‍a ‍child ‍I ‍had ‍a ‍wide ‍range ‍of ‍interests; ‍drawing ‍and ‍art, ‍gardening, ‍music, ‍making ‍“inventions” ‍and ‍messing ‍around ‍with ‍electronic ‍parts ‍of ‍broken ‍toys. ‍When ‍high ‍school ‍graduation ‍came, ‍I ‍hadn’t ‍been ‍able ‍pick ‍a ‍career ‍path ‍to ‍focus ‍on.


‍I ‍knew ‍I ‍was ‍supposed ‍to ‍continue ‍on ‍to ‍college, ‍get ‍a ‍degree, ‍then ‍find ‍a ‍job ‍to ‍kick ‍off ‍my ‍adult ‍life. ‍However, ‍that’s ‍much ‍easier ‍said ‍than ‍done. ‍Alongside ‍liberal ‍arts ‍classes ‍I ‍worked ‍in ‍courses ‍on ‍things ‍I ‍had ‍interest ‍in, ‍eventually ‍completing ‍am ‍AA ‍from ‍Kirkwood ‍Community ‍College. ‍At ‍this ‍point ‍music ‍had ‍become ‍the ‍biggest ‍focus ‍of ‍my ‍life, ‍but ‍the ‍schedule ‍and ‍lifestyle ‍most ‍professional ‍career ‍musicians ‍have ‍to ‍maintain, ‍ultimately ‍wouldn’t ‍be ‍right ‍for ‍me. ‍


‍Sometimes, ‍the ‍right ‍things ‍just ‍happen ‍by ‍accident. ‍A ‍couple ‍friends ‍and ‍I ‍wanted ‍our ‍own ‍space ‍for ‍making ‍music, ‍so ‍we ‍set ‍out ‍to ‍find ‍a ‍place ‍to ‍rent. ‍Figuring ‍it ‍would ‍be ‍a ‍good ‍idea ‍to ‍have ‍all ‍our ‍gear ‍insured, ‍the ‍best ‍way ‍to ‍do ‍that ‍seemed ‍to ‍be ‍to ‍form ‍an ‍LLC. ‍With ‍that, ‍the ‍Soundhole ‍recording ‍studio ‍as ‍an ‍actual ‍business ‍was ‍born!


‍Working ‍multiple ‍part-time ‍jobs, ‍running ‍the ‍recording ‍studio ‍never ‍quite ‍got ‍the ‍attention ‍it ‍needed ‍to ‍become ‍a ‍profitable ‍business ‍model. ‍What ‍it ‍did ‍do, ‍was ‍ignite ‍the ‍entrepreneurial ‍spirit ‍within ‍me. ‍It ‍was ‍a ‍great ‍learning ‍experience, ‍and ‍I ‍really ‍enjoyed ‍the ‍work ‍of ‍putting ‍the ‍space ‍together ‍and ‍getting ‍a ‍glimpse ‍into ‍the ‍details ‍of ‍running ‍a ‍business. ‍While ‍I ‍don’t ‍have ‍my ‍own ‍studio ‍anymore, ‍professionally ‍recording ‍music ‍and ‍audio ‍has ‍continued ‍to ‍be ‍an ‍increasing ‍portion ‍of ‍my ‍work, ‍which ‍you ‍can ‍find ‍out ‍more ‍about ‍here. ‍From ‍that ‍point ‍on, ‍I ‍really ‍knew ‍I ‍wanted ‍to ‍run ‍my ‍own ‍business. ‍However, ‍my ‍lifelong ‍question ‍still ‍remained ‍- ‍a ‍business ‍doing ‍what?


‍Over ‍the ‍next ‍several ‍years ‍my ‍interests ‍widened ‍again ‍as ‍I ‍got ‍into ‍the ‍video ‍production ‍industry ‍through ‍audio ‍engineering ‍on ‍video ‍shoots. ‍My ‍familiarity ‍with ‍video ‍and ‍experience ‍with ‍audio ‍landed ‍me ‍a ‍dream ‍job, ‍producing ‍videos ‍for ‍a ‍guitar ‍magazine. ‍While ‍that ‍only ‍lasted ‍six ‍months ‍before ‍the ‍position ‍moved ‍out ‍of ‍state, ‍I ‍had ‍a ‍lot ‍of ‍really ‍unique ‍experiences. ‍Through ‍meeting ‍a ‍variety ‍of ‍artists, ‍gear ‍manufacturers, ‍and ‍people ‍along ‍the ‍way, ‍I ‍discovered ‍I ‍really ‍enjoyed ‍working ‍with ‍new ‍people ‍and ‍having ‍the ‍opportunity ‍to ‍get ‍to ‍know ‍them ‍and ‍their ‍story.


‍While ‍gardening, ‍creating ‍music, ‍sketching ‍house ‍designs ‍and ‍producing ‍videos ‍may ‍not ‍seem ‍related, ‍looking ‍back ‍I’ve ‍finally ‍found ‍the ‍common ‍thread: ‍I’ve ‍always ‍been ‍creating ‍something. ‍Whether ‍it’s ‍making ‍my ‍own ‍little ‍world ‍in ‍a ‍fish ‍tank ‍or ‍designing ‍the ‍look ‍of ‍a ‍website, ‍everything ‍I’ve ‍gravitated ‍to ‍involves ‍creating.


‍I’ve ‍finally ‍been ‍able ‍to ‍answer ‍the ‍question ‍following ‍me ‍my ‍entire ‍life ‍- ‍I’m ‍supposed ‍to ‍be ‍helping ‍you! ‍Whether ‍it’s ‍designing ‍a ‍website ‍for ‍Cappy’s ‍Pizzeria ‍or ‍putting ‍together ‍a ‍business ‍presentation ‍for ‍SugarMe, ‍getting ‍to ‍work ‍with ‍the ‍businesses ‍and ‍people ‍in ‍my ‍community ‍has ‍been ‍the ‍most ‍fulfilling ‍work ‍I’ve ‍done. ‍Not ‍only ‍do ‍I ‍get ‍to ‍meet ‍people ‍just ‍like ‍you, ‍entrepreneurs ‍and ‍creatives ‍in ‍the ‍community, ‍I ‍gain ‍inspiration ‍for ‍continuing ‍down ‍my ‍own ‍entrepreneurial ‍journey. ‍I’d ‍love ‍to ‍learn ‍how ‍you ‍got ‍to ‍where ‍you ‍are ‍today ‍and ‍how ‍I ‍can ‍help ‍you ‍accomplish ‍to ‍your ‍goals ‍for ‍the ‍future! ‍


‍When ‍I’m ‍not ‍creating ‍things, ‍I ‍spend ‍most ‍of ‍my ‍time ‍at ‍home ‍with ‍my ‍family ‍here ‍in ‍Marion, ‍IA ‍and ‍chasing ‍down ‍oil ‍leaks ‍and ‍on ‍my ‍Saab.

Picture of the control room of the Soundhole recording studio.

‍I ‍used ‍to ‍feel ‍my ‍entire ‍life ‍was ‍being ‍spent ‍trying ‍to ‍figure ‍out ‍what ‍I’m ‍supposed ‍to ‍be ‍doing ‍with ‍it. ‍

Daniel Dorman

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