Do it anyway…


“If you don’t go on the adventure, you don’t grow on the adventure.” – J.Lowe

Last summer, my girlfriend and I packed everything we could fit into a couple of suitcases, donated my car, got a travel carrier for the dog, put our remaining stuff in storage, and said goodbye to our friends and family. We boarded a plane and as it took off, Portland, Oregon, became a part of our past.

For months before we moved I was scared. I’d be moving away from everything I knew, and moving to the East Coast without a job lined up. My girlfriend would be attending an art school.

It didn’t help that we hadn’t secured an apartment until a week before we left. We’d also be moving into it without seeing it in person.

But a funny thing happens when you have friends that support your wild plans and dreams, even if it means they’ll get to hang out with you less. Those wild plans and dreams can work out.

We landed in Philadelphia and started a new chapter. I have a job now, my girlfriend’s producing paintings and meeting amazing artists from New York. And right now I’m at a bar about to meet up with an old friend.

On the way here this evening I took an Uber. The woman and I had a great conversation about being positive. She said she was thinking about moving out of state like I did, but it’s scary to move away from family etc.

She pulled over to let me out. I opened the door and paused. “I was scared to move and enter the unknown but when we got on the plane all that went away. It’s scary, but do it anyways.” She thanked me and drove off.

My Work

Bend Broadband – What We Share (commercial)

Role: Director.

Agency: tbd 

We did a series of these, all using real bubbles and without CGI.

Branded Content

Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)

Was honored to edit this inspiring piece for Wieden+Kennedy. Sally DeSipio and Bill Davenport produced. Patty Brebner was the post producer.

Duran Duran – Runway Runaway (music video)

Role: Writer, Director

Selected as one of the best music videos shot in Portland, OR in 2011 via OPB and shown on Duran Duran’s 2011 tour.

Electric Six – Psychic Visions (music video)

Role: Writer, Director

This video recently crossed 100,000 views on YouTube without any advertising.


Above: still from a recent assignment, recreating the ending of The Hangover with an all female cast to promote a new app.

Coraline – Doll Hair (branded content, shown on IFC and YouTube)

Role: Editor (Joint Editorial)

Client: Laika

The Blow – Knowing the Things That I Know (music video)

Role: Director, Editor, and DP (concept by Mike Merrill, animation by E*Rock)

Voted one of the best music videos of the year by RES Magazine, and featured on the magazine’s monthly DVD. 

Nike ID – Patty Cake :15 

Role: Writer, Director, co-star   Agency: Wieden+Kennedy

(Producer: Jeff Selis, Creative Director: Mike Byrne)

New music

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Spinning Coin. “Raining on Hope Street.”

If I had to describe it, I’d call it punk dream pop with a touch of Neil Young and Quasi. But we don’t need new labels.

From the Domino Records websiteTellingly, they’re part of a tradition of socialist independent pop from Glasgow, one with a strong history of DIY creativity against the odds, of making the most of what you’ve got in front of you, and of finding a way through the world by gathering like-minded souls around. They understand that the collective is the way forward, their 45s and cassettes as magnitizdat postings from the front.

All my thoughts while watching Taylor Swift’s new music video.


Whoa. This video has a pretty big bird cage.

I like the motorcycles.

There’s some serious Madonna going on here.

Whoa, now we’re back in a big fancy New Orleans house….OK so, that’s why they said it was riffing on Beyonce…. I think she did a music video in New Orleans for Lemonade.

This song isn’t all that great.

Whoa…that’s a pile of people.

Who directed this?

Why didn’t I direct this!?

I could probably buy a car.

I like the green lasers.

“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now” – brilliant line

 WAIT. She’s dead?

Wait. Is this like when Hannah Montana became Miley?

I wonder how many producers this song had…probably those older guys in Denmark.

Is that Scarlet Johansson? (No that’s Taylor Swift).

Wait what? This is getting kinda creepy.

 The plane with the word reputation on it was awesome.


This post is dedicated to web developer Leandra Tomaine and social media strategist Kimberly Helling. 

It’s OK to suck.

Caryn Ganz, Joe Cascarelli, Jon Caramanica, and Jon Pareles did this great interactive piece for the NYT yesterday, “Women are making the best rock music today. Here are the bands that prove it.”

I appreciated the storytelling and the mixed media (and dug the band Snail Mail). And found this excerpt to be insightful:

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A lot of people (myself included) would love to sit down behind a drum set and go right into a solo or grab a guitar and wail on it. But when you do that without experience or education – it can sound like sh#t.

Nobody wants to suck. But if you’re willing to suck for awhile….YOU CAN ROCK!