Leveraging Your Local Community to Land Gigs

Location: Photoville Pavilion

Date: Friday, September 11th

Time: 3:00PM-3:45PM

Featuring: Laura Roumanos (Moderator), Robert Kloos, Jane Kojima, Stefan Ringel, and Courtney Whitelocke

This seminar is part of Luminance at Photoville presented by PhotoShelter.
A full day conference pass ($20) includes admission to all six panels plus breakfast, lunch and admission to the peer review happy hour. Click here to purchase a pass.

You want to grow your photo career and make money, but are challenged to figure out how. Sound familiar? In this panel, we’ll help you think outside the box to build your network and attract clients by leveraging opportunities right in front of your nose. Learn how you can successfully tap into your local community and unearth real opportunities that go overlooked by many including with local business owners, consulates, cultural institutions, Business Improvement Districts, Departments of Transportation, and beyond. You’ll hear from representatives from the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, The Flatiron BID, and the Consulate of the Netherlands, who all share tips to approach institutions and pitch yourself right. Bring your questions!

Can’t make it for the whole day? No problem. Just be sure to register for the free talks you’ll be attending to guarantee your seat.
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Untitled-1_WEB01Laura Roumanos, Executive Director, United Photo Industries, Co-Founder, Photoville
Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia – where she graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts – Laura Roumanos worked as a Producer and Arts Administrator before making the big move to NYC, to join the Manhattan Theatre Club. She then headed over to St. Ann’s Warehouse where she was the General Manager for several years, producing and presenting large scale international theatre, music and art events. Over the past several years, Laura has worked as the Senior Producer of Creative Time and also as a Producer & Operations Director for the World Science Festival. Laura is currently the Executive Producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville, while consulting, managing, and producing numerous theatrical shows and events throughout New York City, including producing Karen O’s new Psycho Opera for The Creators Project at St. Ann’s Warehouse and a subsequent tour to the Sydney Opera House. Laura also recently produced the Opening Ceremony Spring Fashion Show play written by Spike Jonze & Jonah Hill and Directed by Jonze at The Metropolitan Opera and Bryce Dessner’s & the Brooklyn Youth Chorus’ Black Mountain songs at BAM which premiered last November and recently toured abroad.

Untitled-2_WEB02Robert Kloos, Director for Visual Arts, Netherlands Consulate in NYC
Robert Kloos has been the Director for Visual Arts, Architecture & Design at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York since 1993. In that capacity he promotes cultural exchange between the Netherlands and the United States. He holds an MA in Art History from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Over the years at the Cultural Department of the Consulate he has supported hundreds of projects at a wide variety of institutions throughout the country, ranging from small events at local non-profits to large-scale exhibitions at world-renowned museums. In 2009 he spearheaded a plan to donate the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion (UN Studio/Ben van Berkel) as a permanent gift from The Netherlands to New York to commemorate 400 years of friendship. In 2010 he implemented a new set of social media platforms under the name Orange Alert – Dutch Art Events that featured Dutch art, design and architecture. In 2013 these platforms were rebranded and expanded under the title Dutch Culture USA, now including information on all arts disciplines across the U.S.

Untitled-3_WEB03Jane Kojima, Deputy Director, Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership, The Flatiron BID
Jane Kojima joined the BID in November of 2012 as Deputy Director. Before joining the BID, she worked for the DUMBO Improvement District in Brooklyn for nearly 6 years, most recently as Director of Events and External Affairs. Prior to that, Jane was a member of the events team at the Bryant Park Corporation and 34th Street Partnership. Jane has a BA in Art History from Saint Louis University with certificates in Business and Italian Studies, and an MA in Arts Administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Steven-Ringel_WEB01Stefan Ringel, Communications Director, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
Stefan Ringel has served as the Communications Director to Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams since the beginning of his administration in January 2014, developing and executing strategy that has impacted local politics, media exposure, and public policy. He previously worked in the same capacity for Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. As Media Relations Director to Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, he elevated his principal’s profile from a local level to a nationwide platform, managing major messaging campaigns. In 2012, Stefan was named one of New York City’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City & State. He has a Masters in Elections and Campaign Management from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

C. Whitelocke_Headshot_WEB02Courtney Whitelocke, Project Manager, New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program
Since 2012, Courtney Whitelocke has been the Project Manager for the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program and has assisted with Summer Streets, an annual celebration of NYC’s streets. In addition, she aids with representing DOT on Percent for Art projects working closely with the Department of Cultural Affairs. Prior to DOT, Courtney worked at the Westover School as an assistant archivist within the Alumnae Office, Louise Blouin Media and Gina Gallery. A former collegiate squash player and team captain, Courtney continues to compete in a Women’s Squash League. She also serves as a student-athlete mentor for the City Squash Program. Courtney was awarded a Masters of Letters from Christie’s Education/University of Glasgow in London and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and French from Franklin & Marshall College in 2010.

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