The Author/About The Blog.
Hi. I’m Andy Baker, formerly the Senior Vice President and Global Creative Director for National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD (I’m now at Netflix), where I managed a talented in-house team of designers, producers and writers. We did a lot of work ourselves, and we also hire many people to help us with our print, TV and digital campaign materials. Which means that I am inevitably referred to as “THE CLIENT.” I’ve never relished the role of being ‘The Client’, since I’ve written, produced, designed and directed thousands of TV commercials, trailers, print ads, billboards, and digital ads for National Geographic and FOX, ABC, & NBC for the last 19 years. “Clients” traditionally are seen as commissioners, approvers, and financers of creative work, but rarely the authors of it. Many creatives are intimidated by clients, annoyed by them, resent them, or most often simply confused by them. And that’s where this blog comes in. I realized that there was something missing in the blogosphere, and in our industry. And that’s the Client perspective.
I hire and work with creatives all of the time, but I have begun to feel that a more appropriate term for what I am is a ‘Client-Collaborator.’ I prefer to work with creative people and work together to make great creative content, so this blog will be all about not only the Client perspective, but also about the sorts of qualities in creative partners “we” are looking for. I’d also like to give a little peek behind the curtain at what goes on over on this side of the table – to give the unvarnished truth about what makes (some) clients tick. In addition to the “client perspective” this blog will also dive into topics that relate to our entire industry – filmmaking, storytelling, team-building, as well as just a ton of behind-the-scenes insights into what we do at the National Geographic Channels.
Thanks for your comments and support, and please share the blog with others in our industry if you enjoyed reading it.
PROFILE FROM MUSICBED ABOUT MY CAREER AND CREATIVE PHILOSOPHIES:
THE ‘TEN DAYS OF GENIUS’ FILM FESTIVAL WAS PROFILED IN FAST COMPANY AND ADWEEK:
WE BUILT A ROBOTIC CHALKBOARD THAT RE-CREATED TWITTER SELFIES IN EINSTEIN’S HANDWRITING AT SXSW:
AN ARTICLE ON THE “WELD” BLOG ABOUT THE MIND OF A CLIENT:
I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE ON THE “ART VS COMMERCE” PODCAST:
AND WAS A GUEST ON THE “RESPECT THE PROCESS” PODCAST ABOUT THE CLIENT BLOG:
A VERY NICE ARTICLE ON MY CAREER BY THE MUSIC BED:
FSTOPPERS BLOG POST/ARTICLE ABOUT THE CLIENT BLOG:
MASTERS IN MOTION SPEAKER PROFILE:
RECENT CONTENT AND PROMOTIONAL EXAMPLES (SEE ALL CREDITS ON VIMEO PAGE):
BTS CONTENT FROM SHOOTS:
Photo by Joey L. Design by Cold Open.
Photograph by Michael Muller. Design by Arsonal Design.
Photography by Joey L. Layout and Design by BPG.
Artwork by Arsonal.