Freelance, Remote and New York
2004 – Present
Freelance Creative Director, Art Director, Videographer, Animator, Designer, and Artist
  • Lead and collaborate upon original creative solutions across television, social media, print, out-of-home, and experiential projects, including key art, content creation, motion design and animation, and advertising design
  • Execute multifaceted video projects from conception to completion with experience directing, producing, writing, animating, and editing award-winning, engaging short-form videos, including stop motion animation, live action, and motion graphics for use on-air and for social media platforms
  • Captivate audiences and propel engagement through custom video and animation content that embraces personality, spirit, character, humor, and strategic experimentation
  • Fulfill diverse creative needs of notable clients: NBCUniversal, Paramount brands including Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon, AMC Networks, Food Network, the New York Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, Edelman, Movement Strategy, AKA, Situation, VidMob, and many other entertainment and media brands and agencies

Blazing Fig, New York
December 2020 – Present
Creative Director and Founder
  • Establish a solid foundation for an unconventional and subversive video studio through research, strategy, leadership, and an arsenal of creative knowledge and hands-on experience
  • Develop custom creative, from attention-grabbing social content and unusual ads to mesmerizing music videos, bumpers, and more, tailored to the unique goals and needs of each client while incorporating best practices for evolving media platforms
  • Empower partners to bravely but delightfully stand out in a crowded media landscape by producing disruptive, memorable short-form video content that embraces stop motion animation, experimental live-action, unexpected analog techniques, captivating practical effects, and playful humor to entertain, engage, and build valuable, lasting relationships with fans and followers

NBCUniversal, Oxygen, New York
May 2016 – April 2017
Freelance Designer
  • Elevated Oxygen’s millennial-driven reality series through compelling key art, logos, video, and photography
  • Supported the network’s re-format to true crime with provocative creative, emphasizing emotional connections
  • Amplified on-air and social creative by producing and directing inventive crime-themed stop motion animation/li>

The Doctor Oz Show, New York
April 2015 – May 2016
Freelance Art Director and Designer
  • Maintained momentum for ongoing projects and spearheaded new endeavors as interim Creative Director
  • Strengthened the design and experience of through enhanced layouts, features, and capabilities
  • Augmented digital franchises and on-air creative with design for ad units, video graphics, social media, and more

NBCUniversal, Bravo Media, New York
December 2010 – March 2015
Digital Designer
  • Supported Bravo as an influential entertainment brand by executing creative for Emmy and Webby-winning digital exclusives, capturing event and talent video, and designing and animating engaging web, social, and on-air content
  • Modernized and improved Bravo’s digital experiences by contributing to the network’s responsive site redesign
  • Fulfilled sponsors’ expectations with co-branded design and video creative, including ad units and microsites

Upright Citizens Brigade, New York
December 2011 – December 2013
Director and Director of Photography
  • Boosted the quality and volume of content for UCB Comedy by directing, shooting, and pitching ideas for original sketch videos, collaborating on scripts, and providing constructive ideas and support throughout each production

Gawker Media, New York
March 2010 – December 2010
Freelance Designer
  • Enhanced Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and other brand websites with captivating and original content including co-branded interactive experiences, digital ads, video, and motion graphics

Rocketdog Creative Studio, New York
March 2010 – December 2010
Freelance Artist and Designer
  • Strengthened numerous successful branding, marketing, and advertising campaigns and pitches through playful motion graphics, imaginative brand and event videos, innovative stop motion animation, and engaging digital ads

Clear Channel Radio, New York
October 2008 – January 2010
Producer and Designer
  • Elevated and modernized web experiences, digital ads and promotions, video content, and other co-branded and sponsored media for Clear Channel’s New York radio stations, partners, and sponsors

Hannon Hill, Atlanta
September 2006 – September 2008
Video and Multimedia Producer
  • Promoted brand awareness and strengthened client relationships by producing marketing videos and podcasts, documenting events, and creating product training videos and animations

Whole World Theatre, Atlanta
February 2007 – August 2008
Audio, Lighting, and Camera Technician
  • Produced quality live theatre experiences by directing audio, video, and lights while collaborating closely with directors, actors, and crew

Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta
January 2004 – May 2006
Equipment Cage Manager and Video Department Monitor
  • Supported faculty by coaching students with video and audio equipment and software, assisting instructors with classes, and maintaining production gear

Partizan Entertainment, Los Angeles
June 2005 – September 2005
Music Video Production Intern
  • Provided hands-on support by embracing music video pre-production, camera, and casting responsibilities while gaining valuable on-set experience with notable directors, producers, and crew

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film and Video
Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta
  • Summa cum laude honors, GPA 3.8
  • Numerous academic scholarships, student awards, and exhibitions of work

Technical Proficiencies
  • Video and photo production equipment
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, XD, Bridge
  • Dragonframe
  • Apple: Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro
  • Avid: Pro Tools
  • Social media platforms: Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter
  • Google Workspace
  • Microsoft Office

Professional Development
  • Queens Economic Development Corporation: Comprehensive Small Business Training Program
  • NYC Department of Small Business Services: FastTrac NewVenture for the Female Entrepreneur
  • PhotoUno Photography School
  • 92Y School of the Arts
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • NBCUniversal In Development: A Cable Entertainment Mentor Program
  • 90 Day Business Launch
  • The Peoples Improv Theater: Professional Writing
  • Magnet Theater: Sketch and Improv
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade: Advanced Study Writing, Sketch, Improv, Character Development, Career Development
  • Television writing workshops including sessions with staff of Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, the Tonight Show, the Late Show, the Daily Show, and more
  • Whole World Theatre: Improv
  • Dad's Garage Theatre: Improv

  • Contributed to projects honored with Emmy Awards, Webby Awards, Telly Awards, Cablefax Awards, Promax Awards, and more
  • Selected by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York Foundation for the Arts for a 2021 New York City Artist Corps Grant with a public showcase of work
  • Prizes, honors, and scholarships include the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest, Paper Magazine & Jack Spade Un-Hollywood Digital Film Contest, and various juried awards
  • Screenings of film and video work at national film festivals, venues, and on television networks
  • Articles about work have appeared in publications including Paper Magazine, SPIN Magazine, Performer Magazine, ARTnews, and the Toronto Star

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