Originally 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 of Logorhythm Studios in Soho, I decided at an early age that, although I was an artist at heart, the career I wanted was to put music to film. Sight unseen, I left the UK with one suitcase and a few hundred dollars, and headed to the United States.
I began working in Hollywood at age 23 in the music publishing world 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 producing 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.
Diversifying during this period, I 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. After many hours in editing rooms, sets and studio back lots, and after a particularly brutal project, I took a step away from the film world, and settled into a dusty old church in Tucson, Arizona to focus on my next endeavor.
Finding a passion for the environment, and realizing a strong sense for the need to create more sustainable processes within the media industries, I launched a design business through soft furnishings, focusing on eco-textiles and product development. My first design company ‘Earth Works’ 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 an upswing of boutique hotels nationwide with a vision of a sustainable future for green-focused soft goods.
In 2002 while at a trade show in Atlanta, I met my future business partners Robin & Jeff Janson of Urban Evolutions – a salvage and architectural elements company specializing in recycled furniture and accessories, and we developed, created the recycling company Vy&Elle – focusing on second generation products such as bags and accessories made from recycled vinyl billboards. The product reached 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, Austin City Limits and many more) for special events and marketing opportunities. During this project we recycled over 800 tons of vinyl billboard into second generation products. With the great recession, and downturn in retail stores and premium products, we ended the project in 2009.
It was then that I launched a consultancy company, Compound Management. Compound began as an idea with long time friend and collaborator, musician/artist Howe Gelb assisting his career, and his prolific musical projects and endeavors through creative management. From this work, the birth of the project company Nicola Freegard Studio was built, which is today focused on assisting a variety of artists, companies and institutions through design, marketing strategies, event planning and producing, as well as offering services for crowd funding and creative monetization sources. It co-produces both large national events as well as Tucson community events that focus on entrepreneurial stewardship for young and upcoming small businesses and artists.
If you are interested in finding out more, please contact me at:
phone: 520 307 6983