Freelance Friday: Celebrating Freelance Art Producer Angela Harken

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 1.18.03 PMIn an effort to promote the website, we have started Freelance Friday.  The purpose is to promoting 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 Angela Harken  an art producer who got her start in Chicago, then moved on to line producing and back to art production.  Welcome Back Angela!

To learn more about Angela, 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?
Other than the typical resources I get engrossed in Instagram.

What are you known for in the art buying/producing world?
I’m re-entering the art buying/producing world, yet if my close friends in the industry were asked the question I would suspect:  detail-oriented, thoughtful, skilled negotiator, easy to be around, is a team-player, has a keen sense of style, is able to think quickly/strategically and has a positive attitude.

Do you have a motto?
I have many… keep it simple, one day at a time, stay consistent, be kind-always, never give up, everything is a negotiation, anything is possible.

How about a favorite place to produce a shoot?
Anywhere outdoors.

If you decided not to art produce any longer, what would you choose to do?
Full-time painter who is consistently traveling, selling my work and painting all over the world.  Or, become a chef.  I love to cook and and host intimate dinner parties.

How do you describe your job to your mom or someone else not in the industry?
Look at a magazine and depending upon whether I’m talking to her as an agency art buyer or photographer’s producer, I point to the ad and articulate in simplistic terms, “Mom, my team and I organized the efforts to make this ad come to fruition.”

What are some surprising facts about you that you would like to share?
I ran a marathon in 2007, I ran 8 half marathons in 2008 , I am a certified yoga instructor and I teach painting workshops.

What is the last piece of creative that caught your attention?
Olivia Bee’s work for Adidas- it brought me back to my days growing up playing basketball, softball, running track and the team spirit involved in every sport.

What do you love about your job?
Meeting people/making friends, being surrounded by creativity, negotiating, seeing a concept become reality, creating an environment for a photographer to captivate moments in time, creating memories.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday?
Starting my day in bed sipping black tea with my fave soy milk, reading and writing in my journal, enjoying a hot yoga practice or a run on the beach, painting on the beach along with a swim in the ocean, a trip to the farmer’s market, chilling on my couch listening to the palm trees whistle in the wind, cooking dinner for friends while listening to good music and taking a dip in the Jacuzzi.

Cover Image: ©Andy Anderson

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