TroyWitt A pioneer in video on the web, Troy Witt has been producing video of all kinds since the mid-90s when the Internet was just beginning.  Now, Troy and his team produce video - both live and on-demand - for everyone from trade journals, to big pharma, to automotive and education.  While you may not know their name, Take One Productions, you have seen their work.  Their job is to let client's names be known; and, often as a sub-contractor, brought in to remain in the shadows.

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Clarissa BurtClarissa Burt has done it all.  Entrepreneur, TV/Video producer, public speaker, author, writer, inventor, award-winning actress and entertainer.  By the age of 19, Clarissa was signed by the Wilhelmina modeling agency in Manhattan.  Then, off to Paris and Milan she quickly began appearing on over 250 magazine covers such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan, as well as on most of the major runway shows in Milan, Paris, New York, and Japan.  This led to work for cosmetic houses Revlon, Dior, and Clarita, Helena Rubenstein and her selection as the worldwide “Face” for Orlane Cosmetics.

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Editor's Note:  SOCALshowbiz generally writes about the directors, actors, gaffers, and producers where we look at those who help make the magic happen behind the scenes.  This article is focused on a well respected consultant whose expertise is on the business side of the business.  

Marty Shindler has worked in and around the entertainment industry for over thirty years, but there has been a continual thread of a relationship with Lucasfilm that you will see unfold that played a key role early in his career.

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Art KirschEditor’s Note: A number of people have told me that I do a pretty good job of interviewing other people so I should interview myself as well. Here goes.

The entertainment industry is the second career for this Brooklyn, NY native after a quarter century in sales and management in the computer graphics industry. For the past decade Art has produced special events, shorts, commercials, documentaries, and is deeply involved in local arts issues.

As a young boy, he was home schooled for a few years when he was unable to walk from ages 7-9. After his recovery he studied engineering at City College of New York (Harlem campus) and eventually earned a degree in Accounting & Finance from Pace University (downtown Manhattan.) After a stab at law school, he enlisted in the Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant. Art started his business career doing computer programming and then selling accounting systems in Manhattan for five years before beginning 25 years in the computer graphics industry, principally selling and managing sales forces before moving into corporate management. He eventually began building and fixing businesses with assignments that took him to Florida, Georgia, San Francisco, England, and Australia.

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Adding An App To His Credits

Matthew ModineOne of the most prolific and respected actors in Hollywood (this author’s favorites - Vision Quest and Full Metal Jacket), as of this writing Matthew Modine already has some 79 credits as an actor, 16 as a producer, 13 as a director, and a slew more as writer, cinematographer, and in other categories.  Nominated and winner of countless awards including a Golden Globe.  His place as an entertainment industry hall of famer is secure.

He can currently be seen in the Edward Zwick-produced Family Weekend with Kristin Chenoweth and will star as former Apple CEO John Sculley in Jobs, the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic alongside Ashton Kutcher as Jobs.

If that weren’t enough, he is now adding App developer to his credits based upon the detailed diary he kept during the filming of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.  His diary and behind-the-scenes notes were originally published as a limited-addition book and now has been adapted as an iPad App Full Metal Jacket Diary and has been accepted as an official entry in the New Media Film Festival coming up Los Angeles in mid-June 2013.

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Marilyn McLeodMarilyn McLeod is an executive coach, author, and popular speaker.

She is an expert in professional social media networking. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Media Communications Association International, OC/LA chapter, she advises people in the entertainment arts on how to maximize their positive exposure to others in order to maximize their opportunity for success. Marilyn is an accomplished and highly respected professional. She has traveled an extremely interesting path and, I am sure, will provide inspiration to many who read this interview.

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