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THE MANY ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS OF

DANIEL J. MOORE Whether in theater, design or hospitality, he’s never lacked inspiration. By Beth Rasin Photos by Tara Jelenic Photography

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t all started inside a living room fort in California’s Central Valley. Drawing back the curtains, you’d enter a miniature “Ben Hur” movie set made from bedsheets, construction paper and cardboard. Even as a child, Dan Moore, now of Daniel J. Moore Design and Domestic Aspirations in Marshall, Virginia, was exploring the many outlets for his natural creativity. By high school, he’d discovered technical theater—building sets, taking acting classes, dance, choir—and he ended up on stage. He was accepted to the prestigious Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and he went on to act and perform professionally for 10 years. He performed in everything from “Sweeney Todd” to “The King And I,” “Crazy For You,” “Mame,” “Cabaret” and many more. But it’s now been 15 years since he set foot on stage. “The gypsy performer lifestyle, acting in regional theater from Montana to Pennsylvania to California, is not very lucrative,” says Moore, who supplemented that career by working in scene shops or costume shops. “It’s very fulfilling as self-expression, but financial security is not guaranteed.” Moore would soon refocus his talents into a new artistic endeavor—but first he had a stopover in the world of finance. He’d moved to New York for personal reasons, and after working as a temp in a finance office, he was offered a permanent position, ending up as the assistant to the chief compliance officer. “I had a window, a desk that faced Central Park,” he says. “I would take photos from my desk, and people couldn’t believe it. I was on the 36th floor of a high rise in midtown Manhattan with this view. It afforded me financial security I didn't have as an actor, but I missed the creative outlet. It was hard for me to sit at a desk all day. Since high school I’d have sometimes seven dance classes a week, along with acting, so I was on my feet moving all day, and now here I was sitting at a desk.” In addition to his fabulous office, Moore and his partner Shawn Cox inhabited enviable apartments, with Moore using the space Artistic | Page 36

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