With a TV-Radio B.S. from Ithaca College, I began my career in production on blockbuster feature films and national network broadcast television series, mixed in with national business meetings and special events for Fortune 500 companies, and extraordinary opportunities as Ceremonies Production Manager for both World Cup Soccer ‘94 and the Atlanta Paralympic Games live international broadcasts.
Shifting gears led me to producing post-production of broadcast commercials at the internationally renown Whitehouse Post. I managed and mentored motion graphic artists, produced for editors across the company’s multiple offices, and was instrumental in growing the business infrastructure as it grew worldwide. I set operational standards across the company and designed a customized budgeting platform with a software developer.
Meanwhile, I joined a coalition of industry leaders to save the Chicago film community from drought, becoming President of the Illinois Production Alliance (IPA) which spearheaded passage of the Illinois Film Tax Credit through legislation. This was the first step in leading to what is now a $850M+/yr. thriving production center.
My creativity was unleashed as I immersed myself in television, becoming an expert on the latest trends while developing creative content for potential cable and broadcast distribution. I sourced talent, produced pilots and sizzle reels through my company, Top Bunk Entertainment.
My work as freelance and full time producer has been wildly diverse, spanning commercials, industrials, web series, narrative, news packages, and unscripted long and short formats. I continue to work with animators, graphic artists, and photographers in addition to traditional film, video, and broadcast production.
Recent experience as Manager of Production at DePaul University's School of Cinematic Arts has given me the ability to add Virtual Production experience to a list of new technologies including VR and AR, in addition to an opportunity to manage and mentor a staff of up-and-coming filmmakers. I look forward to what the future might bring for our industry.
I’ve managed creative teams and built long-lasting in-house content structures. I treat each company I work with as if it’s my own and do my best to add value and growth. I’m a workhorse, I just can’t help it.
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