TRY Studio : Founder & CEO (2016 - present) :: I created TRY Studio, LLC, an online application to connect locals for one-on-one lessons in all things creative. In order to build, design, and develop a one-person bootstrapped startup, I utilized tools to create a fully functional application in 4 months.
I’ve done it all with TRY Studio:
CEO :: Steered the company from original idea through research and navigated the first pivot
Designer :: Designed the application, blog, and all marketing material
Developer :: Developed a two-sided marketplace, with person-to-person communication and payment systems
Talent Scout :: Interviewed and developed creative teacher talet
Marketing and Sales :: Online and in person efforts and events
Community & Creative Director :: Created projects to boost brand awareness and expand TRY Studio’s engagement opportunities (ex: Dare Yourself postcard project)
Giant Rabbit : Lead Designer, Project Manager (2012 - present) :: I design websites and digital experiences for some of the most impactful nonprofits in the Bay Area and beyond. My role lets me engage with everything in the lifecycle of design from color palette and fonts to content mapping and user engagement strategy. My goal is to create effective, beautiful websites that respects the budget, timeline, and user goals.
My goal is to create effective, beautiful websites that respect the budget, timeline, and user goals. You'll find me leading teams from both sides of the conversation (client and in-house), outlining priority queues, sketching wireframes, and in Illustrator, Photoshop, Lightroom.
Before joining Giant Rabbit, I was on my own at HyperCalm (2001 - 2012). One project that is no longer but worth mentioning is Kiwi Vine Design, an offshoot project I created to allow clients more control over their website. Think early SquareSpace for actors. Here's a blast from the past for you.
TechnologyNet : Graphic Designer :: At this start-up during the first boom, I designed ads, created technical specs, and developed business practices for collateral management.
Script Frenzy : Program Director (2008 - 2010) :: This wonderful experience falls somewhere between Startup CEO and Filmmaker, or better, as the perfect marriage of the two. I crafted, organized, and shaped Script Frenzy, a worldwide scriptwriting event, growing it from 8,000 participants to over 25,000.
Wednesday : Producer, Director (2012) :: This short film, based on an award-winning stage play, won a grant from celebrated theater company, PlayGround.
Moving Postcards : Producer, Director, Editor (2011/12) :: I planned and Kickstarted this cross-country portrait of America, and also did the directing, camera work, and editing. vimeo.com/jmarzt/movingpostcards
Rising Star : Producer, UPM (2010) | Independent feature. Kept this feature on track during filming at our two dozen locations in three weeks.
National Novel Writing Month’s NaNoVideo : Producer, Director (2009) :: Created 22 short webisodes. Video content ranged from how-to videos to inspirational shorts for 160,000 participants worldwide.
Cake : Writer, Director :: I wrote and directed this short student film. Proudly, it landed me some awards including The Directors Guild of America Student Award. vimeo.com/jmarzt/cake
Silver Pictures/Dark Castle : Intern :: Performed complementary tasks while being immersed in the daily life at a production company.
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