Graduated from college at the age of 12 with a double masters in Molecular Biology, specializing in the effects of phakopsora pachyrhizi on asian soybeans in non-indigenous continental U.S. + Northern Renaissance Art History, but opted out of scientific endeavors or antiquarian commentary in order to open up a light bulb manufacturing company (mostly halogen) in India at 19. Though after wearing lehenga cholis grew tediously uninspiring, seeing as I’d given up touring (classical pianist child prodigy) years before, sought out a PhD in neoclassical composition (particularly the ever popular silent symphonies for dogs) as well as opened up a culinary school for wayward vegan orphans. Pretty effin' dull. Huh. Okay. More like seasoned Creative Director (integrated art + copy), Crossword Puzzle Constructor, Writer, Charity Founder, llustrator, Paper Engineer, Music Supervisor, Event Producer, former Pro Classical Ballet Dancer, detail-oriented, independently-motivated, friendly hybrid. Especially keen on branding assignments, those involving science, music, social justice, the arts or meaningful non-profit, long-term gigs which will keep me busy for several months or more, wordsmithian ops plus collaborative efforts with fellow Renaissance types who've never squealed, "You must have too much time on your hands!" ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Would also happily consider full-time staff ops (for the first time in 8 years!) in beautiful, outdoorsy, temperate locales near rivers, lakes or ocean waves, e.g. Portland, Maine or Portland, Oregon...where a couple hundred thousand smackers will nab one a permanent h-o-u-s-e (versus a temporary closet), with room for a tire swing and a sea o' sunflowers. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ In short, open to challenges of all varieties. Please say hello! : )

Work Samples

  • INTERACTIVE + GENERAL DESIGN /// LES SAVY FAV /// POSTER + RICH BANNER /// COPY + ART

  • CROSSWORD PUZZLE AUTHORING /// "THE WILDE YEARS" /// VISUAL ARTS PRESS /// HARDBACK BOOK

  • GENERAL DESIGN /// OUTDOOR ALPHABET BOOK DEVELOPMENT (as seen in Graphis & How) /// FILM PHOTOGRAPHY

Work History

  • Founder / Director

    • CARE for Sandy
    • Nov 2012 - Present (2 years 4 months)

    “Brooklyn-based nonprofit, CARE for Sandy, has emerged as one of the critical grassroots groups helping residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy save some of their most cherished memories.“ — PBS

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    CARE stands for Cherished Albums Restoration Effort. Our mission is simple: to offer FREE digital restoration services for individuals and families whose photos have been damaged by October 2012's devastating hurricane. Visit our website to volunteer or connect Sandy victims you might know with Photoshop experts from around the globe.

    Hundreds from 38 countries & 43 states have volunteered since CARE's 11/10/12 inception. Thousands of photographs continue to receive CARE for Sandy's assistance. As of February 2015 — 1,485 meticulously repaired, gallery-quality treasures have thus far been gifted.

    Select Press:

    ***NEW*** NY1 "New Yorker of the Week" (pre-recorded TV segment + live, televised interview w' "The Call" guest host Maria Milito) ||| ***NEW*** Mylio (web) ||| BBC/Public Radio International "The World" (radio + web) ||| CNN (radio + web) ||| PBS "Need to Know" (webisode) ||| Al Jazeera (TV) ||| Univision (TV) ||| Fox News (TV) ||| ABC New York (TV) ||| NBC News 4 (TV + web) ||| CW/WPIX (TV) ||| News 12 Brooklyn (TV) ||| WFUV/NPR (radio + web) ||| The Toronto Star (print + web) ||| The Philadelphia Inquirer (print + web) ||| The Wall Street Journal (print + web) ||| The Daily News (print 3x + web) ||| Newsday (print + web) ||| Time Out New York ||| (print + web) ||| The Brooklyn Paper & Courier (print + web) ||| Advanced Photoshop Magazine (print) ||| CBC (web) ||| Upworthy (web) ||| gazeta.ru (web) ||| DNA Info (web) ||| NJ.com (web) ||| Brokelyn (web) ||| Graphic Artists Guild (web) ||| Corbis (web) ||| Adobe (web) ||| Resource Mag (web) ||| Hyperallergic (web) ||| Animal (web) ||| NYC Media (yellow cab monitors)

  • Co-Founder / Partner

    • Sideshows
    • 2009 - Present (6 years)

    Production Company/Music Festival moniker conceived in tandem with the Big Apple Circus in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center. Original intent? An 8-16 event music-meets-the-circus-under-the-big-top extravaganza. The recession thwarted our most ambitious efforts, however Time Magazine deemed our premiere evening (DeVotchka, Angus & Julia Stone + circus performers) “one of the best” of 2010. Talent coordination, sponsorship corralling, general production, design, writing, research, IA and guerrilla marketing efforts...you name it, I tasked it.

    Stay tuned for future Sideshows events.

  • Freelance Creative

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    • Aug 2006 - Present (8 years 7 months)

    Having freelanced by choice (not battle axe!) since 2006 has fortified my resumé in eclectic ways. Highlights include art direction for an HBO comic short, a 68-frame website for Robert Redford, catalogue minting for the largest American/ European graffiti exhibition since 1970, nerd-word construction for a commemorative hardback book, commercial music supervision, paper toy engineering for Sports Illustrated plus CD (AD/CW) responsibilities at design firms, interactive agencies and trad ad shops in addition to independently commissioned fare.

    Select Freelance Clients:

    BoomBoom //// Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS //// Council of Fashion Designers of America //// Condé Nast Publications Corporate Art //// Consulate //// Cooper Robertson & Partners //// Delphi /// Digitas //// DIRECTV //// Gourmet Magazine //// Helenbeck Gallery, Paris //// HBO //// ID Magazine //// Imagination /// International Center of Photography (Midtown) //// JellyNYC //// Macy's /// Millennium Communications //// NFL /// One Little Indian //// Other Music //// Paul Park Photography //// Proctor & Gamble /// Putnam //// R/GA //// Sabre //// Samsung //// Time Out New York /// Towers Perrin //// Verizon /// Visual Arts Press

    My blackbook of developers, photographers, editors, directors, producers & talent bookers from which to pluck from for representative projects is also pleasantly robust.

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  • N.A. Promoter / General Ambassador

    • Hey Hey My My
    • Jul 2007 - Mar 2009 (1 year 8 months)

    HHMM is a French band that I ‘discovered’ whilst apartment-swapping in Pepé le Pew country. A fab new press kit + general hobnobbery snared the band their first prominent press from North American sources such as Time Out, am New York, Flavorpill, Brooklyn Vegan and radio-tastemaker KEXP, not to mention an acclaimed mini tour (the band’s first) on U.S. shores. I also booked ‘em two major national commericals. (Label: Sober & Gentle)

  • Crossword Puzzle Columnist

    • The L Magazine
    • Mar 2008 - Dec 2008 (9 months)

    Befuddling strangers and their chewed No. 2s as a newsstand cruciverbalist? Indeed. Though similar in difficulty to Wednesday/Thursday NYT fare, these formerly weekly puzzles are peppered with mucho pop culture, mp3 references and local NYC lore + general irreverence as befit the pub’s hipster audience. (Weekly Distribution = 105,000; No special software used.)

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    *Note: Multiple national xword syndicates temporarily on hiatus due to time constraints. (Running a charity has become a secondary full-time job!)


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  • ACD + Senior Art Director/Copywriter (staff)

    • Atmosphere BBDO
    • Aug 2005 - Aug 2006 (1 year)

    Managed several junior Cingular teams, led client presentations, orchestrated photo and video shoots, wrote, art directed and designed experiences of all digital varieties for this Don Draperland mainstay’s interactive division. (Clients: AOL, Cingular, Citibank, FedEx, HBO, Snickers)

  • Senior Art Director/Copywriter (staff)

    • McCann Erickson
    • Jul 2003 - Jul 2005 (2 years)

    Frequent lifestyle photo and TV shoots: $$$. A nine-month period where I wrote
    and art directed and designed as an efficient triple-threat without a partner: $$$.
    Leaving NYC winters behind for posh biz travel in sol-kissed Miami and LA:
    Priceless. (Clients: MasterCard, Nikon, Rock the Vote, Uniball, Viagra)

  • Art Director/Copywriter (staff)

    • Amster Yard
    • Sep 2000 - Jun 2003 (2 years 9 months)

    My stint at this now defunct advertising/design boutique involved oodles of product and action photo shoots, client relations + loads of alternate packaging, outdoor and guerilla projects with an emphasis on comprehensive branding. [Clients: Bacardi (Dominican Republic/ Spain/ USA), Bacardi Limón (Denmark/ Netherlands/ Portugal/ Spain), Coca-Cola, Excite, Macy’s East, Martini (France/ Italy/ Spain), Outdoor Life Network (Tour de France/ Louis Vuitton Cup/ Global Extremes: Mt. Everest/ International Skiing Federation), Partnership for a Drug-Free America, PFLAG, Vespa]

  • Adjunct Prof

    • School of Visual Arts
    • Jan 2002 - May 2002 (4 months)

    Co-taught Senior BFA Advertising Portfolio Class with DDB's Jack Mariucci.

  • Children’s Art & Dance Whisssperer

    • City of Kirkland ||| Parks & Community Services
    • Jun 1994 - Aug 1996 (2 years 2 months)

    Solo Cesar Millaned up to 155 high-energy short people (ages 3-12) per week within a variety of filled-beyond-capacity classes. Two-year accumulative roster? More than 800 memorized faces, personalities and names.

  • Professional Classical Ballet Dancer

    • Pacific Northwest Ballet
    • 1990 - 1994 (4 years)

    Two-inch long false eyelashes, industrial strength hairspray, knotty knuckles, tour buses plus exponential pounds of jewel encrusted tulle. (Including skirmishes to Hawaii, Canada, France + the Kennedy Center.)

  • Professional Classical Ballet Dancer

    • Royal Danish Ballet
    • 1993 - 1993

    The correlations between Japanese golf, Sleeping Beauty and imperial puff pastries are astounding.

  • Professional Classical Ballet Dancer

    • Pennsylvania Ballet
    • 1992 - 1993 (1 year)

    Catapulting down a 19th-Century raked stage towards an open orchestra pit mid-Balanchine leap. (Naturally.)

Education

  • School of Visual Arts

    • BFA Graphic Design/Advertising
    • 1996 - 2000

    ~ SCHOLASTIC HONORS ~ SVA Rhodes Family Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievement as year’s top 1996-2000 BFA graduate (class of 550); Art Directors Club Merit Scholarship; Bea Feitler Merit Scholarship (SVA's most competitive design award); The One Club Merit Scholarship; Screen Printing Technical Foundation Merit Scholarship; SVA Departmental Honors Scholarship; SVA Silas H. Rhodes Merit Scholarship; SVA Visual Opinion Merit Scholarship; Who's Who Among College Students ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Specialties

Affiliations

CARE for Sandy (Founder); SIDESHOWS LLC (Founding Partner)

Awards

Graphis (18 pieces), Global Effies (Gold), W3 Awards (Interactive Gold), How Magazine (Feature Profile), Promax Sports Media Marketing Awards, Control Magazine (Spain; Best OOH); Press includes NY1 "NYorker of the Week", PBS, CNN, BBC/PRI, FOX, ABC, NBC, Univision, CW, CBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Toronto Star, Time Out New...
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