| The Drink Stylist / Culinary Producer
For years I’ve been wanting to branch out and do some creative, artistic work with the
culinary art of bartender/cocktail mixology, in a way that gets to the everyday consumer,
shopper, and diner.
With the development of my bar products, one idea inspired another, inspired another. I
went from books to dvd’s to contributing writer to columnist to audiobook to photography
series to recipe cards to cocktail postcards to cocktail boardgame to cocktail word search
puzzles to cocktail calendars to show producer to host/on-camera talent to writing a
treatment for a 1-hour dramatic television series to a possible iPhone app.
It’s been fun so far in the last decade to create new and unique ideas for products or visual
entertainment, but it certainly takes a lot of time, effort, and funding of my own to come up
with them. And it doesn’t happen without making a few errors and facing a few snags along
It’s not the easiest thing to do, finding a niche or two in the marketplace you can call your
own, where you’ve created a product or show idea from scratch, and it ends up being the
first of its kind available.
I’ve also enjoyed finding and creating my own individual style and vision of what I like, and
what I feel others will like, artistically. After all, in order to create and produce something
new, you have to be willing to take chances, put oneself on the line, and not get too
bothered, hurt, or even over-confident by the critiquing of others.
As one culinary producer, when I know I’ve nailed the bullseye on any given project, it’s a
good feeling to do a job well and be happy with the result. That’s all that matters to me. If it
pleases me and my nose-to-the-grindstone standards, more than likely the finished product
will please, educate and entertain others in however big and small ways.
That’s the ultimate goal.