Videos

By Roadtrip Nation

Chris Salomone

Highlight

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
My brother and I were the first in our family to graduate from college—my parents assumed I’d go to college, but I didn’t receive much guidance from them regarding majors, skills, or careers.
After graduating from California State University, Fullerton, I actually worked at the university’s library for a few years.
I decided to pursue a master’s degree in library information science, but wasn’t very passionate about it, so I started looking for other, more creative jobs.
I left graduate school and got a job with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences doing graphic design and writing, which later turned into a marketing position.
When I bought a house, I started designing furniture and loved it, so I took a few woodworking classes at a community college and found that I was good at it.
Then I spent some time building furniture for commission but eventually got burnt out.
While working on commissions, I started a YouTube channel about woodworking and design, which grew into my second job.
When the opportunity to leave my day job presented itself, I took the risk; now I spend all my time running my YouTube channel—Foureyes Woodworking & Design—and furniture business—Foreyes Furniture.
Keep following my journey

Career

Owner

I make videos about my design and woodworking projects.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Design
Building Things

Day to Day

My day-to-day tasks vary depending on whether it's a building day or an editing day. On building days, I go into my shop and basically spend the whole day building until it's time to come home to my family at night. On editing days, I use programs to cut, edit, and create videos about my projects for my YouTube channel. I also spend time responding to direct messages and comments from my followers and audience.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Creativity is important for what I do. It takes creativity to make projects and videos that stand out from the crowd. The projects that utilized my creativity the most are the ones I'm most proud of.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Put yourself out there and promote your skills and talents. It can be scary to take that step, but the more that I've put myself out there, the more opportunities have come my way.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You have to quit your day job to pursue your dream job."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student
Work-Life Balance

Interviewed By

CSUF Roadtrip