D-PAN Interview: Rex Todd Rogers – Interior Designer

D-PAN Interview: Rex Todd Rogers – Interior Designer


I’m Rex Todd Rogers, and I’m an Interior Designer. I grew up in Flint, Michigan. I work with architects and builders, working on blueprints. We sit and discuss ideas, what the room will look like, what we envision, and what the room should be – like specific floors, the molding, color, what kind of kitchen they want… My goal is to keep their style current, not out of style Me…I went to University of Michigan with an interpreter, (later I had one), I graduated U of M in 1997 with a BFA in sculpture. That time I was planning on going to law school, but I sidetracked because I already took political science. Umm…I think if I had to go back to school all over again…I’m a natural, I didn’t need to be trained. I have a good eye, so I decided to do it on my own, build my name. I didn’t realize that I had that ability when I was a little boy, always decorating my room, ALWAYS. My parents were always ribbing on me for changing my room all the time. My first job was when I was 14 years old. My neighbor hired me to re-do her house, like, redecorate. One night, I finished work, driving my car on a beautiful night on route 50, from Annapolis to DC It was a dark night, with beautiful stars in the sky, quiet and not a lot of cars, I was talking to my dad, who passed away, and we were very close, and I was talking to him, looking up in the stars I said “I have two questions to ask”. Should I continue with my plan to go to law school to become a civil rights lawyer, there was “no answer”, so I asked a second question… Should I go back to being the artist I was always good at? Should I set up a business? [Comet] I got goosebumps…that was my answer. Fun challenges. Working with hearing and Deaf can be challenging, but fun. A good experience for me, and for them too! I expect there will be many challenges, frustrations, and disappointments, but I’m not giving up. If I give up…who will be a good role model to the Deaf community? I’m not a quitter. My goal is to see my name, Rex Todd Rogers, branded, like after I die, branded, I want every Deaf, or anyone to see that name, and know who that person was, he did the greatest things, that ever lived in the 21st century. I always tell young kids or teenagers just follow your dreams. Make it happen. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. That’s my motto.

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