Host Parker Plaisted interviews Heather Garrett Flores and Brian Bartusiak from Parkwood Creative. Heather and Brian talk about media production projects and skills producers need. They also share advice on how to get started in media production.

Heather Garrett Flores and Brian Bartusiak

Brian Bartusiak (guest), Heather Garrett Flores (guest), and Parker Plaisted (host)


Heather Garrett Flores

Executive Producer at Parkwood Creative.

Brian Bartusiak

Producer and Director at Parkwood Creative.
Parkwood Creative is a media production company offering pre-production, production and post-production services on a wide variety of media projects for clients.

Episode Summary
Heather and Brian explain how they staff their media projects through their network of talented contributors, give examples of recent projects for clients, and provide advice for people who want to work in media production.

Company Website

Parkwood Creative on Social Media

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Paul Schmidt from Paul Schmidt Voiceover. Paul gives advice on voiceover acting and talks about his experience in stage acting, radio broadcasting, and stand-up comedy.

Paul Schmidt

Paul Schmidt (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Paul Schmidt

Voiceover artist at Paul Schmidt Voiceover.
Paul is a professional voiceover actor who delivers a warm, friendly male voice for commercials, narrations: e-learning and medical, videos: corporate, explainer, and web, telephone systems: IVR and message-on-hold, presentations, conferences, events, film: documentary and feature, and more.

Episode Summary
Paul gives us insight on his professional background in stage acting, radio broadcasting, and stand-up comedy, and explains how the training from those experiences enables him to deliver professional voiceover performances now for his clients.

Company Website

Paul Schmidt Voiceover on Social Media

Commercial Demo

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Desiree Davis from the Advertising Club of Richmond. Desiree talks about the mission of the Advertising Club of Richmond and the mentorship program for students and young professionals.

Desiree Davis

Desiree Davis (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Desiree Davis

Mentorship Chair at the Advertising Club of Richmond.
The Advertising Club of Richmond is a professional organization for people working in creative roles at local companies and as freelancers. The club raises funds for scholarships, hosts networking events and organizes educational presentations to support the creative community in Richmond.

Episode Summary
The Advertising Club of Richmond offers a mentorship program each year where students and young professionals are paired one-on-one with an industry professional in Richmond as their mentor. The mentorship program consists of networking events, lectures, agency tours and an agency-focused project.


Advertising Club of Richmond on Social Media

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Cabell Harris from WORK Labs. Cabell talks about the 5-Step process he has taught at the VCU Brandcenter for developing brand campaigns.

Cabell Harris

Cabell Harris (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Cabell Harris

Owner and Creative Director at WORK Labs.
WORK Labs is a creative branding agency located in Richmond, Virginia, which has delivered award-winning creative for a wide range of clients and agencies.

Insights from Cabell
The 5-Step Process
The Target: Who are we talking to?
The Strategy: What do we say?
The Creative: How do we say it?
The Media: Where do we say it?
The Research: Was it effective?

Company Website

WORK Labs on Social Media

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Marna Bales from Red Amp Audio. Marna talks about her work as the Executive Producer at Red Amp Audio, a state-of-the-art recording studio in Richmond, Virginia.

Marna Bales

Marna Bales (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Marna Bales

Owner and Executive Producer at Red Amp Audio.
Marna handles all vendor and client relations at Red Amp Audio. She is also a songwriter (NSAI Member), an accomplished recording artist (CMA Member), and a professional voice talent featured in local, regional, and national ad campaigns.

Insight from Marna
Marna talks about the services provided at Red Amp Audio and her role working with commercial clients, advertising agencies, and musicians.

Company Website

Red Amp Audio on Social Media

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Elias Dancey from Flatland Creative. Elias talks about his education and work experience in animated illustration projects and the work his agency does for clients.

Elias Dancey from Flatland Creative

Elias Dancey (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Elias Dancey

Creative Director & Lead Animator at Flatland Creative
The team of artists and animators at Flatland Creative produce personality-driven animation stories for their clients to use in advertising and branding campaigns.

Insight from Elias
Elias talks about storyboarding and the additive process of creating animated illustrations.

Company Website

Flatland Creative on Social Media

2018 Sizzle Reel (Portfolio Examples)

SIZZLE REEL: Spots, WIPs & Behind the Scenes from Flatland Creative on Vimeo.

Priority Automotive Commercial

Priority Auto from Flatland Creative on Vimeo.

Frame by frame character animation television spot for Priority Automotive, featuring painted backgrounds and traditional animation.

Host Parker Plaisted interviews Jason St. Peter from Think. Jason talks about his education and work experience as a graphic designer and the work his agency does for clients.

Jason St. Peter

Jason St. Peter (guest) and Parker Plaisted (host)


Jason St. Peter

Owner and Creative Director at Think

Think is a branding and creative agency based in Richmond, Virginia. The focus of their work is creative strategy, positioning, copywriting and design. The team views each project as an opportunity to change the way a client is viewed by their community.

Insight from Jason

Jason talks about his process for working with clients on the development of logo designs.

Company Website

Think on Social Media

Local Organizations

Jason is an active member of the Richmond Ad Club and served as President of the organization for the 2014-15 service year.

Portfolio Example

Below is a sample of a recent graphic design project at Think where the team explored creative designs for T-shirts. The T-shirts are available online at:

graphic designs by Think

T-shirt graphics designed by the team at Think