I've never been good at answering the question, "So, tell me about yourself". I either overshare or edit out all the good stuff for brevity and end up seeming basic. I believe everyone has an interesting journey that strategically led them to the exact moment in time when they're asked that dreaded question. So, here's my attempt...
TL;DR... Child actor who worked in FM radio until becoming a broadcast producer. Won a few advertising awards before transitioning into creative operations and design management. Here's what my peers, colleagues and leads have said about my work. Southern California born and raised but the Bay Area is home.
ONCE UPON A TIME... Began my professional career as a child actor landing roles in film, television, commercials and theater productions. At the age of 15, I accepted a part-time job as a board operator for a radio station in my hometown of Palm Springs, California. I was soon supporting the advertising team with production and given an opportunity to host my own on-air shows where I had to balance high school life while evolving my skill set in radio broadcasting. My responsibilities in radio eventually expanded to include Production Director, Imaging Producer and Assistant Music Director.
My background in radio led me to being hired as an audio mixer in the sound effects department at CBS Television. I primarily worked on the marketing / promos team, adding sound effects to various network promos. Occasionally, I would be assigned to the shows that taped on the lot, "Bold and the Beautiful", "Young and the Restless", and my ultimate favorite show, "The Price is Right"! I was lucky enough to have been able to work on the show back when Bob Barker was host and Rod Roddy was the show's announcer. I remember my first day working on The Price is Right, walking behind those famous red curtains with the CBS eye icon on them in a step and repeat pattern. THIS was the game show I would stay home sick (*cough*) from school to watch and NOW here I am now in charge of playing the sound effects for the yodelling climber in the Cliff Hangers pricing game and the *DING* after each bid given by a contestant standing down in "contestant row". Still fanboying over that experience, so I'll stop now before I begin to hum the theme song.
I continued my radio / audio career while also taking production management jobs in television, I consciously let the acting opportunities fade into the back but I maintained my steady stream of voice over work which helped pay the bills when production work was slow. I eventually spent more time working behind the camera than in front of it, which was more exciting to me anyways. My list of Producer / Director credits exceeds 130 projects and include national television commercials as well as broadcasts + cable network shows for HGTV, CMT, and MTV.
I left the freelance world when I received an amazing opportunity from Denise DuBarry, an accomplished actress and the talented CCO for a global direct response advertiser responsible for launching new consumer brands into retail through DRTV and new emerging media channels. Denise had heard my voice in a television commercial and asked her producing team to "find that voice". When the stars aligned, Denise cast me to be the voice over artist for two of her television campaigns ("Body Vibes" and "Resolution Clear Skin System"). I later worked in production for a few of their film shoots and eventually Denise offered me a full-time role on her creative production team as a Production Manager and Associate Producer. That opportunity allowed me to apply my creative production skills to product + brand marketing programs and allowed me to work alongside and direct legendary talent like Joan Rivers, Ed McMahon, Mr. T, Suzanne Somers, and Carol Channing to name just a few. Denise was a beautiful human whose energy lit up any room she walked into. She was a strong leader, savvy business mind and a brilliant mentor who helped mold and shape my career within creative production management and product marketing. I am so grateful Denise happened to be channel surfing that day when she stumbled upon that tv commercial with my voice.
Dylan and Denise DuBarry
I later served as an Executive Producer for the largest direct response creative agency in North America where I was responsible for multi-million dollar production budgets and driving creative for consumer brands like Comcast, RosettaStone, vacuum brands ORECK, Hoover and Dirt Devil as well as P&G Beauty [ producer reel ]. Several of my broadcast spots were nominated for awards through the Electronic Retailing Association, taking home four of them for my work as an Executive Producer for direct-to-consumer brands ORECK vacuums and Comcast Xfinity Home.
Producer / Director for ORECK brand marketing
Directing a shoot w/ David Oreck, founder of ORECK vacuums
My uniquely diversified experience working as a creative and managing creative talent within both the client and agency environment provides me the optics to drive operational strategy and improve efficiency for high-performing creative teams. I partner closely with creative talent and leadership to build and manage programs and infrastructure that allow creatives the space to be creative.
Lead, Creative Services
WB Interactive / Games
Manager, Creative Ops
When I'm not stuck in back to back Zoom meetings, I enjoy gaming, photography and getting lost in nature. I also like animals more than people, but I digress ;)