230 - Andy Edmunds - How To Succeed As the Person in the Arena

MAKE IT Podcast, Bonsai Creative, Andy Edmunds, Virginia Film Office, Filmmaker, Film

Andy Edmunds, Director of the Viriginia Film Office, is a Virginia native and an accomplished musician and songwriter. After studying music at VCU in the mid-80s, Edmunds produced a music video of one of his songs that was broadcast on MTV. This experience introduced him to the film production industry where he ultimately settled in as a location scout until landing a job at the Virginia Film Office in 1997. “I found myself in a non-traditional area of economic development that seemed to be perfectly suited to my experience and interests. Every day I look forward to continuing to give back to the state I know and love through an enthusiastic approach to attracting clients and delivering creative solutions”, says Edmunds. During his time with the Film Office, Andy has worked with the most notable filmmakers of our time including Terrence Malick, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg to name a few. Andy enjoys a long marriage to Andrea. Their brood of three children, Madison, Emma and Evan, became five in 2012 when they decided to adopt two teenage brothers; Joseph and Jason, from Ghana in West Africa.

More About Andy Info for film Twitter: @thefilmwolf Insta: @filmwolf YouTube: Andy Edmunds Info for my music More music: Links: Virginia Film Office IMDb Virginia Film Festival Unring the Bell (music video) Lincoln (film) Ethan Hawke (actor) Ewan McGregor (actor) The Good Lord Bird (tv mini series) Association of Film Commissioners International Donna Gigliotti (producer) Hidden Figures (film) Turn (tv series) Homeland (tv series) Claire Danes (actress) Rainn Wilson (actor) Harrison Ford (actor) Cold Mountain (film) Sidney Pollack (director) Anthony Minghella (producer) Tootsie (film) Mulholland Drive (film) The New World (film) Terrence Malick (producer) Jack Fisk (production designer) Loving (film) Jeff Nichols (writer) Joel Edgerton (actor) Ruth Negga (actress) The Blair Witch Project (film)


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