"It's part treasure hunt and part research and development," Doug Wright says

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Episode 11 of AMERICAN DOERS, a new 12-part video series featuring original thinkers, innovators, craftspeople, risk-takers and artisans across the United States.

Meet Doug Wright. The Hollywood prop artists is inspired by everyday items to bring his creations to life.

“When I get calls to make whatever the thing is, sometimes I know exactly how to approach it, but often it’s totally off the wall and unique,” he says. “It’s part treasure hunt and part research and development.”

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It takes imagination to turn trash into treasure, and Wright has always had a penchant for design.

“I was always building stuff, putting things together, taking stuff apart,” he says. “Now I’m in Los Angeles making a living at it!”