Spotlights

These are the career stories of diverse individuals working in a variety of careers. Watch or read about what inspired them to pursue their career, what they were like growing up, what they love most about their career and more!

Alexxis Jackson Director of Photography
Alexxiss grew up in Detroit, Michigan and graduated with a duel Bachelor of Arts in Film/Video Studies and English from the University of Michigan. As a Director of Photography, she heads the camera, lighting and grip departments on a variety of productions, including films, commercials and music videos — which she also directs. Among her responsibilities are aspects of production like camera movement, camera angles, lighting, setting up shots and working with the Director to tell a story visually. Her work has been recognized at least 20 times from a number of international bodies,… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Ismael Villarreal
Ismael Villarreal is a design engineer for AdelWiggins Group, a small aerospace company based out of Commerce, CA.  AdelWiggins Group produces custom-designed products for fuel distribution systems, such as hoses, clamps and connectors.  They primarily sell their products to Boeing and Airbus, but also work with manufacturers like Embraer in Brazil and Leonardo in Italy. Villarreal, who has been at the company for about a year, works on mechanical components either by adjusting existing designs or creating brand new products. Because AdelWiggins is a smaller company, he said designers often… Read more
Engineering
Stephanie Corona Huge
MAIP Year: 2014 Title, Company: Visual Designer, Huge Stephanie Corona is a visual designer based out of Chicago, IL. She recently made the jump to the digital world of design, and currently works with Huge on the McDonald's account. Previously she's gotten to work with on projects for Bayer, SC Johnson, Wrigley, and United Airlines. She has a background in advertising, infographics, presentations, and bookmaking. Who/what influenced or inspired you to pursue design? I was extremely lucky to attend a public high school that had a well-developed and well-funded arts program. I got to… Read more
Architecture, Art & Design
Magic A. Moreno
Magic A. Moreno, born in 1953, is a music producer, performer and educator. He has his own company, Magic Presence Studios. He became involved with the music industry thanks to his stage mom, who taught him violin at the age of four.  He learned quickly, and just two years later performed at a competition at The Hollywood Bowl.  At the age of eight he joined the Mitchell Singing Boys choir alongside his brother, Gerard. During his five years with the choir, Moreno traveled across three continents. He learned about several religious philosophies from the group’s leader, a theologian, which… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Kyle Bowser
With more than 25 years of experience as a Hollywood executive and producer, it’s safe to say Kyle Bowser has a knack for creative development. Though his professional trajectory wouldn’t be considered conventional, or even conventionally unconventional, Bowser made a mark on the industry almost instantaneously. He set foot on Los Angeles soil in the fall of 1991 with a desire to “create content.” Since then, he has served as one of the head curators for TV and movie productions, helping to develop projects such as In Living Color, For Your Love, Trial By Jury, Living Single and many others… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Clifton Simmons
MAIP Year: 1991 Title, Company: UX Content Lead, Allstate Clifton Simmons II has worked as an advertising copywriter for over 25 years, working on many major brands – Chevy, Chrysler, Coke, McDonald's and more. He's created many award-winning campaigns in event, experiential and digital marketing. Clifton has used that experience to transition into UX content strategy, developing mobile applications. Who/what influenced or inspired you to pursue advertising? My people of my generation credit Darren Stevens of TV's Bewitched as an influence. For me, it was Tom Hanks. His TV show Bosom… Read more
Architecture, Art & Design