In an effort to promote the website FreelanceArtProducer.com, we have started Freelance Friday. The purpose is to promote the freelancers on the site so as to gain more attention for them and the others trying to get hired. So, from now on, when a freelancer on the site provides us with a blog post, we will promote it on a Friday.
Today, we are featuring Chelsea Levy, an art producer that found a way to utilize fine art world talents in the advertising world. She has a love for the Grateful Dead, meditation and strong coffee. And, she has an impressive list of agencies and clients on her website that any art producer considering her for a project would think most impressive. Her site is super cool too!
To learn more about Chelsea, be sure to read on. And, if you think her post is interesting or the site is helpful, please do share it and let your art producer friends know about this new resource. And, if you do share it, let us know that you have done so. We have a little something for you to say thank you.
Where are you searching for photography or other content needs nowadays?
My search is broad. With my background and the blurring lines of fine art photography and commercial photography, art trade shows, and galleries are my first stop shop to peruse and glean inspiration. I consistently utilize easy access to social media, and the usual commercial online and publications, print resource magazines, and books. Art schools are also a wonderful place to watch the emerging shape shifters.
When discovering photography and other mediums, there really is no stone unturned.
What are you known for in the art buying/producing world?
There are many variables to the job and having lots of artists in my back pocket to recommend is definitely a strength of mine. Recommending artists is definitely my forte.
Do you have a motto?
In regards to production my motto is, “There is always more than one way to achieve something, lets be flexible and problem solve the answer.”
How about a favorite place to produce a shoot?
I love traveling to new places and discovering new teams anywhere. I am likely biased living here, with no shame I would say New York is one of the best places to produce with easy commuting, and copious amounts of crew and technology at my fingers.
If you decided not to art produce any longer, what would you choose to do?
After many years in art and production work I definitely am most inclined to public health in a multitude of capacities. Ultimately any field a role can have a producer dynamic in it.
How do you describe your job to your mom or someone else not in the industry?
People often think I “buy art.” I share the nuances of the role and always pin point my efforts
to help pair artists on production jobs and aid in career growth when possible so that artists can eat while ads come to life in the best ways possible.
What are some surprising facts about you that you would like to share?
A child born from hippies, my love for The Grateful Dead brings me a continual jovial experience. I have seen them and iterations of the musicians countless times live, somewhere at 100 times or more. Most recently I was appointed photo editor of an autobiography for drummer Bill Kreutzmann.
I regularly practice yoga and meditation with Al Finger of Ishta Yoga. I find the spiritual path of reconnecting with ourselves doing “No-thing” to be profound and am always happy to share my experiences with others.
What is the last piece of creative that caught your attention?
Recently I met with a young emerging photographer who photographs musicians live and offstage and the surrounding fans in lifestyle works. He impressed me. Eric Mooney, 22 years old.
What do you love about your job?
The process of aiding in creative teams effort to see something come to life is rewarding. Spending time researching and learning and always problem solving. Full on growth.
What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Brewing strong coffee, listening to wfuv (Fordam radio Sunday Morning Breakfast Show) with my loved ones. Cooking and being a homebody. Practicing Yoga and a sitting meditation. Sunday New York Times, and my true love favorite TV show CBS Sunday morning, watched in the evening.