Dan, a fellow Angeleno, was chosen as Entry #2. After a couple weeks of phone tag and synchronizing schedules we finally met. He came downtown for a few hours of getting to know each other and to snap his entry photo. I like to sit and talk with everyone before they step in front of my camera and establish a level of trust. I think that is very important task for any portrait photographer! 

  Dan was shy and a bit reserved at first. He had never met another cleftie before! Not the first time I had heard this before (and to be honest, I loved hearing that) so I had a good idea on what to chat about first! Dan then went on to tell me about his job in the entertainment industry, which is a topic I always love to discuss. He is an editor in television, another creative! We skipped the small talk and spoke about long term aspirations and ideas of adventure. Dan mentioned how excited he is for when the "right people" see this book, I couldn't agree more.

  I like to believe that people walk in and out of our lives for a reason (even as cliche as it sounds). Meeting Dan, I could see this creative fire being oppressed by something. I don't have the answers to everything by any means, but I have to believe that by educating people around the world on cleft awareness we can alleviate some of the stress that comes with others reaction to us. I am so proud to have met another cleft brother that is standing with me on this journey. Dan everyone.  

Zachary Rodetis-Urenda