We had the good fortune of connecting with Bree McCool and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bree, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I always knew I was never meant for a 9-5 and if there was a chance I could make it doing something I loved, I was always going to go for it. When I started my business though, I had to wear so many more hats than just Creative Director and now I’m learning to hire out for those things that bring my desire to create to a halt. Now I’m able to do artistic projects with my clients, pursue creative endeavors to grow my business and continue my personal creative projects.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My unique vantage on the photography business is my background in production that has shaped my process with clients from start to finish. I support collaboration between departments and help provide a steady line of communication throughout. Professionally I’ve begun offering more services to clients and that has provided a solve to what was missing before. I’ve been able to guide clients through the post production process with me into Marketing Strategies to shift their businesses. I’d want the world to know that I value every client so deeply and am forever grateful I get to support women in this way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh this is great, I love to take people around the city! I think of itineraries in terms of neighborhoods…so here’s a few… Venice – Intelligentsia for coffee, a stroll down Abbot Kinney for shopping, lunch at Butcher’s Daughter and sunset at the Venice Canals. Eastside – Stop for coffee at Maru Coffee, early morning walk up the Fern Dell Nature Trail and then hike/drive up to the Griffith Observatory and stay til it opens to catch a showing in their theater. Malibu – Stop at Cosentinos to snag some cacti on your way to Paradise Cove for brunch and spend the day at the beach. Head to El Matador for sunset! Downtown LA – Do the downtown walk from The Secret Staircases of LA book, lunch at Grand Central Cafe, ride Angels Flight and catch a show or movie at one of the old theaters. Head out to Angels City Brewery and get dinner at Wurstkuche. Mid City – Coffee at Paper or Plastik, walk all around LACMA, lunch at food trucks lined up on Wilshire and dinner at Rays and Stark Bar. Catch a show at the El Rey or Wiltern Theater.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to shout out all my business friends and the “work-ships” that support my business everyday. Whether it’s in a group form online or in person, there’s a wonderful crew that I’ve been able to grow alongside that is priceless.