I moved to the United States in the mid 80’s from London, England where I started my working career as assistant to jazz legends Ronnie Scott and Pete King (Ronnie Scotts Club) in the late 1970’s and Israeli poet laureate Nachum Heiman (Logorhythm Studios).
I began working in Hollywood in music publishing for ATV Music (publishers of the Beatles, The Pretenders, Little Richard and more), and for managers Ned Shankman & Ron De Blasio (X, David Foster, Barry White) which opened the doors to work as an independent music supervisor & coordinator for film. Working on over 30+ film projects, coordinating music scores and licensing songs, and making soundtrack albums. I was fortunate to work on big productions, Academy award winning films and small independent projects, offering a wide scope of variety and experience.
I’ve also had the opportunity to work in art departments on feature films, commercials and music videos, as coordinator, set painter, prop builder , and PA, where I gained great respect for production design and art direction, under the guiding hands of award winning production designer Alex McDowell (Charlie & Chocolate Factory, The Crow, Fight Club) and built organizational skills that would become invaluable to my future work as a designer and business owner.
Finding a passion for the environment on the studio back lot, and realizing a strong sense for the need to create more sustainable processes within the media industries, I launched my business interest through eco-textiles and product development. My first design project was started in 1995, providing clients such as Ralph Lauren with handwoven hemp blankets from Nepal, or shawls made from “cruelty free silks” from Tibet and furnishing boutique hotels nationwide with a vision of a sustainable future.
In 2002 I went on to partner with Robin & Jeff Janson of Urban Evolutions, and we created and designed the highly successful recycling company Vy&Elle – a purveyor of handbags and accessories made from recycled vinyl billboards, which sold to over 2000 stores around the world as well as offering companies the opportunity to up-cycle their waste into promotional or retail products (Coca Cola, Toyota, Sundance Film Festival, National Geographic, Lollapalooza and many more) for special events and marketing opportunities. During this project we recycled over 800 tons of vinyl billboard into second generation products.
In 2009 I launched consultancy company Compound Management. Compound began as an idea to assist long time friend and colloborator, musician/artist Howe Gelb in his endeavors through marketing and strategic PR. Since it’s inception the client base has expanded and grown and I now focus on assisting artists, companies and institutions through design, marketing and public relations strategies.
Because of my diverse background, I’ve built a wide network of resources both nationally and worldwide, and a offer my knowledge of what it takes in building public outreach and awareness.
With a diverse and ever changing industry, my independent and entrepreneurial skills offer a full range of relevant services for the creative company or artist looking to expand their audience.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact me at:
by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 520 307 6983 or 323 903 7355