We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenneth Mecca and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kenneth, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
I’m not sure if I would call it a principle, but it is something I have tried to live by in my work and personal life…. It’s simple really…. Do one more thing. At the end of the day (and I don’t mean that in a rhetorical sense, but in a real time sense, do one more thing. It can’t be planned or its part of your day. It has to be almost spontaneous… after you’ve grabbed your keys or shut down you computer or put down you tools, or however you end you day. Stop. Think. And do one more thing! IF you’ve already had a productive day, it gives you 5 plus daily opportunities to get ahead. If you’ve had a day you did not feel was as productive as you wished it had been, this guarantees you a satisfying end to it. Simple. Do one more thing.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Our art is not traditional. It is collaborative, for sure. My company’s sole purpose is to turn our client’s dream, napkin sketch, or detailed drawings into a three dimensional fabrication with quality, on budget, and on time. Sometimes it requires engineering, sometimes it has to be built in half the time or budget needed, most times it has coloring…. paint, laminate or printing; and it always ultimately enjoyed by people we will never see or meet. My degree is in theatre, and I have been performing and or building sets since 1976. And I have been watching TV, yes very important education for my line of work, since the 60s. What makes our creative process different from most other forms of art is that we have to think how to construct it so the final piece looks the way it is intended, but must be assembled and dismantled quickly, and it can be broken down and put into box or truck for transport. A lot of creative work goes into elements that are never seen.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because our work is all over the city, I would take them on a daily tour of different Dallas attractions… Spend a day at the Perot museum, where we have helped build many exhibits; spend the afternoon at the Dallas Arboretum, where we built permanent educational exhibits at the Children’s Garden, spend another day at the Dallas Zoo, where we have countless fun, giant signs and 3D experiences; go have lunch at one of the food trucks at Klyde Warren Park, where we built rolling libraries, lawn games, and a solar piano and then go take in a baseball game at the World Champion Texas Rangers ballpark, where we built all the tables and trim throughout the stadium, and the decorative walls in the luxury suites.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For everyone earthly who had more faith in me than I had in myself. And for those who gave up on me and taught me how wrong they were. To Barry W, who taught me about wit; Elaine M, who taught me about true artistry and dreams; To Ronald McD and Bill O, who taught me the meaning of hard work and “the game”; To Brad S, who taught me not to sweat the small stuff; To Leslie C, who taught me of freedom; To Leonard, who taught me about sacrifice; and to countless others that have taught me patience, acceptance, love, and truth.

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