Freelance Friday: Showcasing Bonnie Brown

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 Bonnie Brown, an art producer who started her career as a photographer shooting bands for music labels.  She moved from Minneapolis (no wonder she is so nice!) to the San Francisco Bay Area with her photographer husband, Graham Brown, and has kept her freelance career flourishing since she arrived.  Her experience is vast and her agency list long.  If you do not already know Bonnie, you should.  She is great.

To learn more about Bonnie, 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?
Each job is different—more and more they require a unique approach. I’m on the faculty of PSPF, and participate in APA and ASMP, reviewing hundreds of portfolios from up-and-coming, and established photographers, digital artists, and illustrators.

What are you known for in the art buying/producing world?
They call me the “Velvet Hammer”.

Do you have a motto?
“Cheap, Fast, Good—you may choose two”.

How about a favorite place to produce a shoot?
While there is stellar talent and locations in NYC, LA, and NoCal,  I am in love with Minnesota.  It’s production-friendly, there are great locations, and wildly good Image Makers.  I once traveled to a remote location near the Canadian border in the dead of winter to do a print shoot featuring a canoe builder with Andy Anderson.   Sourcing the location and a Northern Minnesota caterer (Sub-zero temps, hoarfrost and walleye, anyone?) was a hoot. And we all got a kick out of being called  “The Movie People” by the small-town locals!

If you decided not to art produce any longer, what would you choose to do?
I’ve owned an antique store, and also enjoyed being in an artisans’ collective. One day I hope to open “Cowboy Mistress”,  the vintage clothing store, I’ve been concocting in my head for years.

How do you describe your job to your mom or someone else not in the industry?
Some days in the agency are like a mystifying treasure hunt, while producing photo/video shoots, is akin to throwing a big, elaborate party, but with three days notice.

What are some surprising facts about you that you would like to share?
My family came over on the Mayflower, and I am a descendant of “Wild Bill” Hickok,  which kind of makes sense, when you get to know me. (Part Pilgrim, part Gunslinger!)

What is the last piece of creative that caught your attention?
The gutsy, simple shot by creatives Ravelo and Bossan, of a cardinal and crucifix boy for the Untouchables campaign on the cover of Lurzer’s Archive Vol 01-2015

What do you love about your job?
I adore the variety and spontaneity—every day is different: sourcing and discovering new artists, collaborating with a team. (oh, and keeping the bus out of the ditch.)

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Baking something scrumptious, with the music turned way up.

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