In 2000, I moved to New York City to work on a feature film. Since then I have been working in film, television, and commercial production. After a few years I also began freelancing as a graphic desginer and in advertising. My artwork has been featured on Nickelodeon, CBS, and Logo. In 2010, I was chosen as a Week One Winner of Adobe's 5 Weeks of 5 Competition.
Because my background includes management and creative skills, I am able to think outside of the box when problem solving. I have the ability to come up with a creative brief, design a plan of action and follow it through fruition.
CREATIVE Graphic Design / Art Dept. - Logo’s Big Gay Sketch Show Season 3 (television) •Designed 99% of the Graphics for the Art Dept. •Dressed sets alongside the Assistant Art Director. •Created and designed Props for various sketches.
Freelance Graphic Design - Bravado Inc. (fashion / apparel) •Designed graphics for Bravado’s 2010 Harley Davidson Collection.
Graphic Design - Papa John’s (commercial ad campaign) •Designed three large digital illustrations that were used by as set pieces. Pieces were printed and framed to meet the tight deadline.
Assistant Art Director - The Ellen Degeneres Show – NYC Episodes (television) •Assistant Art Director for Chris Gomaus during the taping of the 2005 Episodes taped in New York City.
Inside Prop - Take One Step: A PBS Health Campaign (television)
Photographer for Background Inc. – Red Lobster •Photographed over 100 portraits of different people in a tight time frame.
Featured Blogger - Crateworks - (Corporate website for Crate & Barrel) •Wrote two blogs that have been featured on Crateworks.com.
Found Art NYC Project (http://foundartnyc.wordpress.com) – Founder / Site Creator and Manager •A social media experiment that allows those in New York to interact with artwork in creative manner by expressing themselves, thus turning the city into a virtual art gallery.
Director - Stars & Scars: Money Mak’in Manhattan (music video)
Director - Stars & Scars: The Get Down featuring JR Writer from the Dip Set (music video)
MANAGEMENT Production Coordinator - HBO’s Down & Dirty with Jim Norton (television) •Oversaw entire production from preproduction to wrap. •Hired crew members and established call times for select crew members. •Coordinated and made travel arrangements for crew and talent. •Ordered and rented equipment needed by various departments. •Supervised all ENG shoots.
Assistant Production Coordinator - Obama: My First Vote (political commercial) •Worked closely with Producers, Production Manager, and Coordinator to make sure pre-production and production were executed efficiently.
2nd Stage Manager - Nickelodeon’s U-Pick Live Music Week (live television) •Live performances by Counting Crows, Avril Lavigne, and Jason Mraz.
1st Assistant Director - Maino: Hi Hater (music video) •Responsible for overall production as a result of the ability to resolve problems promptly. •Completed all shots that were scheduled in a tight time frame. •Managed principal and background talent.
Stage Manager - 2000 US Tennis Open, Fox Sports International (live sporting event) •Worked alongside Producers and Talent in the broadcast booth. •Regulated Broadcast Booth operations, while working with production coordinator on the trucks. •Positioned talent and athletes for scheduled interviews in the broadcast booth, balcony, and outside.
Stage Manager / 1st Assistant Director - City Kitties (pilot)
Production Manager - The Wheels On The Bus (short film)
2nd Assistant Director - Intellectual Property (short film) •In charge of overall production and made sure it ran smoothly. •Managed and prepared talent. •Assigned tasks to production assistants.
Lead Assistant to Director John Polson - Swimfan (feature film) •Scheduled viewing times of dailies for Mr. Polson and production management. •Organized interview times and locations with leading networks for Mr. Polson and the cast. •Coordinated travel itinerary for domestic and international flights for Mr. Polson. •Maintained Mr. Polson’s personal businesses in the U.S. and Australia. •Worked closely with Executive Producers and the 1st Assistant Director. •Preserved accurate calendar and budget for Mr. Polson.
Locations Manager - Phase 2 (political commercial) •Established and permitted all locations for Long Island shoot. •Notified residents and local businesses prior to filming. •Reconnoitered area for production needs that could arise.
Technical English Instructor – ESRA Film School of New York (private French film academy in NYC) •ESRA was found in Paris, France in 1972 and allows students to study abroad in the U.S. •Created lesson plans for two Technical English Courses during the 2011 summer and fall sessions. •Part of the jury that reviewed the student’s film and audio projects at the end of the summer session.
Casting / Research - Galvus (commercial) •Cast the ballroom dance instructor used in commercial. •Scouted dance studios as possible locations. •Researched dance classes and their activities for the Director and Producers.
Talent Coordinator - Verizon Wireless: Let’s Do This (commercial)
Casting Coordinator - American Express (commercial)
Talent Coordinator - Moncler Flash Mob Fashion Show at Grand Central Station (2011 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Event)
COMPETITION / CONTEST Adobe: 5 Weeks of 5 - Week 1 - 2010 •One of the 5 winners selected to win a copy Adobe Photoshop CS5.
EDUCATION Middle Tennessee State University - 1999 Bachelors of Science Degree in Mass Communications Major: Film / Mass Communications / Computer Animation Minors: Art (Graphic Design), Psychology (Advertising Psychology)
Deutsche Sprachschule at the United Nations International School - 2008 German Language Level 1 Hours Completed: 34
New York University’s Deutsches Haus - 2008 Affiliated with the Geothe-Institute (Geothe-Institut) German Language Level 2 (A1.2) Hours Completed: 25
COMPUTER SKILLS •PC and MAC Platforms •Programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro •Budgeting Software: Movie Magic Budgeting •Graphic Design Programs: Adobe Photoshop (17 years experience), Adobe Illustrator •Editing Systems: Adobe Premiere, After Effects •Writing Programs: Final Draft, Screenwriter
CREATIVE SKILLS •Experience working with the Creative Development Department. •Mastered in Character Development and Design for both print and broadcast. •Brand Management, Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Experience and Content. •Writing: blogs, scripts, treatments, pitch books, copy, and pre production books. •Trained in pitching and developing stories, segments, and pilots. •Casting principal talent, background, contestants, and audience. •Practiced in conducting man-on-the-street, junket, and red carpet interviews. •Digital Photography: commercial, fashion, travel, photojournalism, portrait, and still (on sets). •Photo editing, manipulation, and retouching. •Illustration: including print work, fashion and apparel design, children’s books, storyboards, and on-air. •Versed in set design, decorating, and design trends. •Working with Prop Department (purchasing, designing, building props, etc.) •On-camera experience as talent.
PRODUCTION AND ADMINISTRATION SKILLS •12 years experience working in film, television, and commercial production in all major departments. •Experienced working as an Associate Producer, Segment Producer, and Field Producer. •Skilled in supervising edit sessions. •Worked as Stage Manager, 2nd Stage Manager, 1st Assistant Director, and 2nd Assistant Director. •Qualified in Production Management, Coordinating, and Production Research. •Accomplished in working as an Audience Coordinator, Talent Coordinator, and Casting Coordinator. •Location scouting and permitting. •Practiced in setting up and rigging basic lighting for ENG shoots and interviews. •Fully trained in all administrative duties and procedures. •Handling high phone and email volume. •Interoffice and external correspondence. •Maintaining calendars and budgets.