I began directing and working with professional talent, CEO's, and other very important people even while in college at the University of Texas. As a broadcast director for KTBC in Austin (owned by Lady Bird Johnson), I had the opportunity of directing VIP's who passed through the State Capital. I remember powdering the face of then Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, guest of the Ginny Pace Show such as Miss Texas, lighting the Noxema Girl for a Palai Royal commercial spots, and, of course, less memorable members of congress.
In 1973, as a director for KVRL, I teamed with Mother's Family Productions to produce the first live music, commercially successful, color stereo "simulcast.''
Many of the Mother's Family volunteered to help me produce a concept video under the company of Illuminati, Inc. which we presented in person to King Crimson's Robert Fripp and Peter Gabriel of Genesis, on their first US tour.
Later, in the seventies, I directed Dale Robertson in our series of syndicated shows, The American Horse and Horsemen, and produced a second simulcast series called Sensatiation, which as aired in Houston and Lubbock. The simulcasts revealed the existence of a substantial midnight audience, which was expanded into midnight theatre productions of concert and cinema.
So, from children shows in studios full of kids to anchor news talent to on-camera profession commercial talent to corporate employees to CEO's of international oil companies, even a few Presidents of the United States, I have dealt with a full range of people on camera.
I have also had over twenty years of the unique experience of freelance teleprompting for VIP's from around the world from many walks of life. (See sidebars for a more comprehensive list and photos.)
Professional talent and corporate executives have been gracious in acknowledging me for being well organized, calm, confident, and able to put everyone at ease on the set, even during the most critical live event. Whether the event is an intimate recording session in the CEO's office or the main event at the yearly marketing conference in Las Vegas, the person "in the hot spot" receives the support needed to get the message across.