For over 27 years, Brandi has solidified herself as a valued member of the art department team by striving to go above and beyond on a daily basis. Her passion for this industry drives her to continue to delve deeper on every project, and keep her skillsets current, and it is this passion, that she wishes to instill in the creative, young people coming up today.
The Essential Art Department is her brainchild and passion project. A project meant to inspire and guide through experiential learning of one of the most demanding departments on any project.
Brandi knew at a young age that she was destined to be an artist. With a musical father and an artist mother, she didn't fall far from the tree! Brandi grew up in Colorado, where she attended Metropolitan State University and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Realizing at that time that there were just way too many graphic artists getting ready to saturate the market, Brandi was persuaded by her mentor to attend graduate school for Theatre Set Design.
She had just newly discovered this design capacity but was fully drawn to it. She applied and was accepted to The California Institute of the Arts, where she plunged into design in every facet and received her Master's of Fine Arts in Theatre Scene Design.
Still not satisfied with being held to design amongst the theatre profession, she continued to shadow and work with her mentors in the Film and TV industry. She was smitten from the get go, and couldn't get enough of Hollywood.
She found her skillsets as a formidable draftsperson would play a big part in some of the most rewarding jobs that she would have throughout the industry. Her drafting skills landed her a freelance job with Universal Studios Hollywood, where she met and become friends with the head Artistic Director, Chris Williams, with whom she would continue to work with for the next 20 years.
16 years into her work with Universal Studios Hollywood, they offered her a permanent position as a Production Designer in the Entertainment Department, with her lead focus working on the very popular, Halloween Horror Nights with Chris Williams as the Lead Production Designer.
Brandi has spent every day in some sort of design capacity, and not a day goes by when she drives into work, without her smiling and saying out loud, wow, I work in this crazy industry, I'm part of the magic.