Born in Mexico City, Armando is a multi-awarded Creative Director. He has spent his life working in different countries and traveling around the world making music and working on various photography and film projects.
His multiple interactions with different cultures and love for what the world has to offer prompted him to create the Dangerous Beauty Project. He believes in equality of cultures and aims with this to break with stigmas and change negative perceptions of certain nations.
ERIC MACHIELA / Producer
Eric Machiela is co-founder of Gorilla, a Grand Rapids, Michigan and Los Angeles-based film and production company. He has created award-winning commercial work in over 30 countries. He has co-wrote three feature films — Beautiful Prison, Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson (starring Christopher Lloyd), and the upcoming feature film Camp Manna, which he also directed. He is the Executive Producer of the Australian feature film, Arrowhead, distributed in over 40 territories. He also executive-produced the outdoor reality series Exploring Kaman, which was acquired by Mark Cuban for AXS TV. His passion lies in storytelling which elevates the human condition.
JULIE SMYTH / Art Director & Researcher
Julie is a Senior Art Director from Chicago with over 10 years of experience having worked on a variety of different projects for brands such as Gatorade and Hyundai amongst others. Her strength lies on making concepts come to life in the form of beautiful visual expressions.
Her passion and love for discovering cultures and travel is what makes her a great asset for the project. She believes that every cultural interaction can be a tremendous learning experience, that connects the world one person at a time. Her addition to this project will help the mission and propagate the endearment that we should have for one another. She joined Dangerous Beauty in February 2017.
MAX EMANUELSON / Photographer
Norwegian photographer with vast experience in lifestyle and commercial, Max has photographed everything from some of Norway´s largest industrial companies to biggest pop Scandinavian artists Marcus and Martinus, .
Ever since he was young, human equality and the wellbeing of others has been a big part of his essence. Being surrounded by a large culturally diverse community, he has always had the urge to create images that could change the perception the world has on certain groups of people and nations. This project is his endeavor to accomplish that.
CHARLOTTE CARR / Editor & Post Production
Charlotte is a Senior Editor with over a decade's industry experience. Both a skilled technician and a collaborative creative, she has worked on award winning title sequences, commercials, promos and music videos for some of the world's biggest brands including Nike, MTV and Jack Daniels.
Originally from London Charlotte has worked for The Mill Group across three of their main offices in London, New York and is currently based in Chicago. Outside of her enthusiasm for storytelling through editing, Charlotte loves to travel and meet people from around the world.
JEFF SUKES / Cinematographer
Jeff is an American cinematographer currently based in Michigan. As a cinematographer he has worked on countless projects ranging from national television commercials, to music videos, documentary films, and feature films.
Jeff has had the opportunity to shoot multiple projects abroad in countries such as, China, South Korea, Denmark, France and the United Kingdom. This has fueled his passion to experience, explore, and to tell the stories of people around the world.
MIKEY PEHANICH / Colorist
Mikey’s breadth of work ranges from music promos and short films to high profile commercials and social media campaigns.
Mikey’s love for colour goes hand in hand with his affinity for photography. His technical knowledge of film and colour science, combined with his unparalleled style, make for an inspiring creative artist to partner with in any collaboration.
His passion and understanding of colour contributes to his unique style and boundary pushing creative vision.
LAURIE ADRIANOPOLI / Post Producer
Laurie is a native Chicagoan who enjoys being a patron of the arts and helping others. Laurie went to college at DePaul University where she studied Digital Cinema & Computer Science. She's naturally curious about people and is passionate about telling interesting stories that open people's hearts and minds.
Laurie is the Executive Producer of Colour at the Mill in Chicago. She brings with her over a decade of experience in Post Production. Her background includes collaborations on campaigns for high-profile clients including Guinness, Prada, Netflix, and HBO.
Laurie has an innate trustworthiness with a broad range of clients and a deep sense of care for her work as well as consistently ensuring her team delivers premium quality creative from the onset of a project through to the final delivery.
JOHN "JOAO" FERREIRA / Sound Engineer
John is a Portuguese music producer born in South Africa who founded Genuine Music in Chicago. John creates and produces sound tracks for films and commercials in the USA, Thailand, Indonesia and others in the SE Asia region.
John’s passion for music comes from the early days in SA being amazed at the rich and unique music culture of South Africa, especially the rhythms the beats. The incredible energy created by these moments has been a source of inspiration since childhood till this day.