Senior Art Producer | SYNEOS HEALTH

I am a Sr. Art Producer for Syneos Health. In the 10 years that I’ve been with the agency I’ve produced photo shoots both nationally and internationally, commissioned original art and procured images for a myriad of pharmaceutical clients. I enjoy the nuts and bolts of art production — seeing it all come together seamlessly in the end.


I have also worked in the stock photo industry as a researcher (pre-digital!) and in the Art Department at McGraw Hill Publishing. I began my career in the early days after college as a photo assistant. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, photography and making collage art.


What was your very first job? 


At 13 I started working at a pick your own fruit farm in Ohio. I worked the donut counter in their bakery, planted strawberries, and always enjoyed going to the farmers market to sell the goods on the weekend. In the fall, we’d make jam from the fruit picked on the farm.  I still say it was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.



Please describe, in your own words, what your job is and what work it entails.


HA! I still have a hard time explaining this to family and friends.  I typically say “I coordinate photo shoots”.  But it’s much more than that.  I license all types of imagery, problem solve, try to help creative professionals bring their ideas to life and make sure what we’re doing is legal (copyright compliance). There is also a bit of travel agent thrown in there and sometimes chauffeuring.



How did you discover that the creative world was right for you? Was there a time in your life that you credit to this discovery? Was there train of events that brought you to where you are today?


When I was a kid I had an Aunt and Uncle that were Graphic Designers. They were both very artistic and creative people. I would stay with them and they’d let me use their fancy markers to draw whatever I wanted (Usually the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazard). I knew then that I wanted to do something creative in my life.  I always enjoyed flipping through fashion magazines and looking at the photos. I think that is why I’ve always been drawn to photography. In College, I took a photography class on a whim. My first day in the darkroom I totally fell in love with it. I interned with a local photographer which made me realize I didn’t want to make that my career. Luckily, I could see other facets of the business that I knew I would enjoy. For my current position, I think it was kind of luck. I happened to be in the right place at the right time and had a friend believe in me, and that I would be right for the job.  



 In your constantly growing and expanding industry, how do you find inspiration to keep your work fresh, innovative and relevant? 


Just by going outside and seeing what’s out there. Continuing to be curious about everything—music, movies, literature, and creating. I love going to museums and seeing new work as well as work from old masters to get the creative juices flowing.



If you had to pick one piece of work or project that you are most proud of, more for the creative work and innovation it required, rather than its recognition or industry “success,” what would it be?


 I guess it would be the first shoot I did for the agency, “Keep Pain Waiting” for Exalgo. The concept involved creating characters to represent pain. We shot on the backlot of Paramount. There were lots of custom made costumes, and it was fun seeing the characters come to life. There were even some trained pigeons!  


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