Gary Ussery

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Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Waco, Texas. I went to high school in Minnesota and then moved to Fargo for college. I’ve left a few times but I always come back!

If there was a movie about your life, who would play you and why?

Seth Rogen. Because people tell me I look like Seth Rogen. I can do the Seth Rogen laugh.

Tell us a little bit about you.

I’m 37 years old but a kid at heart. I am a photographer and got my start in Fargo when I took on a project called Fargo Live, which was photographing local and touring bands in Fargo’s amazing small venues. That lead me to do contract work with Spotlight. Now I am a content specialist here at Spotlight and they have me doing a little bit of everything!

What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?

I am a huge nerd. If I’m not at work you can find me playing Magic: The Gathering, playing video games, or hanging out with fellow nerds. My wife and I are inseparable. We do pretty much everything together and spend most of our nights crushing horror movie marathons.

What’s a ridiculous fact about yourself?

I’ve traveled a bit over 60,000 miles all around the US but I have never been in a plane. 

What part of your position provides the most value?

I am a catch-all. I write, take photos, help with social media scheduling, and more. I would say the creativity I inject into every article I do, including our business magazines, is where I bring in the most value.

Tell us about your experience.

I went to school for business, marketing, and paralegal but I quit the first adult job I had within a month. I picked up photography and fell in love. It started with family photos and gradually evolved and grew into fashion photography, live music, and events. In 2019 I was voted top 5 photographers in the Red River Valley.

What part of your job do you believe makes the most impact?

The ability to create web products for local or global businesses that are designed with purpose, functionality, and strategy, that brings results. 

Why does our community matter to you?

Fargo is on the grow and that means Fargo can start to appreciate its artists. I love seeing art popping up everywhere as well as the amazing local musicians I call friends.

What are some of your goals at Spotlight?

I want to be a sponge. I want to learn as much as I can and grow my network within this community. Spotlight gives me a creative outlet and I plan on taking advantage of that as much as possible.

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