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Beeler Creative

Channelling Creativity into Form.


Welcome!

I’m David Beeler. We are all conduit‘s for the creative energy of life. Some realize that more than others. This site is a repository for my explorations in the creative flow and a place to share what I’ve made, learned and seen that might open that up for others to realize more of their innate creative flow.

Share & Inspire

I have work on offer here for sale, but also explorations into the creative fountainhead and process. Thanks for exploring and I invite you to sign up for news and updates.

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Creative Arenas

Creative Arenas that I am engaged with:

• Acting
I’ve been a professional actor for over 20 years. Find updates on what’s going on here — projects I’ve been in are available.

• Acting Class
Along with a colleague, Joel Dresner, we are starting a Beta Program for acting/acting career later this month exploring the human mechanism, how our brains process and create reality and the implications of that on a career in entertainment as well as how that understand can affect the process of acting.

• Photography
One of my primary passions has been photography (please visit Beeler Photography for shoots/commissions), I have prints/products for sale on that site and this one.

• Writing
The Anthology that my short story, “Mercy in the West” is included in comes out in March. It will be on offer for sale here (with a link to the Amazon page). I’ve also been asked to contribute to another Anthology. I am in talks with a publisher about making “Mercy” a novel.

• Art
• Painting – want to explore painting
• Sculpting – same as above

• Video/Filmmaking
Titles that I’ve directed, produced or helped produce.

Creative Arenas

Services

The arenas in which I am most frequently hired are photography, video/film, writing and directing. Please reach out if I can be of service.



Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

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Clients

These are some of the clients with which we’ve had the pleasure of collaborating:

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Contact Form

We are based in Los Angeles with offices in Burbank. Our studio is in North Hollywood. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to talking to you. Phone: 323.428.7172

 

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Thoughts on Creating

Beeler - Starting Off

Around the age of eight, I would sneak my Mom’s 126 camera out of the house and shoot pictures around the Texas country side. When a birthday or other holiday rolled around, my 126 cameraMom would be baffled that she was out of film. She’d be even more baffled when the pictures came back from the lab… I fessed up and was rewarded with my own little camera when Christmas came.

 

When I was 15, I spent the summer working to buy my first 35mm and when my Mom was picking up enlargements from my 1st two rolls of film, the lady at the local camera said, “These are really good.  Did you take them?”  My Mom said, “No, my son did.  He’s crazy about photography.”  “Do you think he’d want to work here?”

Kismet.

So, I landed a job. By the time I was 17, I was running their professional lab, assisting several photographers, shooting stills on film sets, shooting for the school paper and yearbookdavid17 and having success in several gallery showings. Everything I know, I learned on the job, from someone I worked with or from reading and experimenting. When my personal work led me to a point where I was being asked to shoot, I started shooting…. and the fact that people were offering money for this seemed, well, incredible.

Marketing in a Big Ol' World

Here’s the problem: for many products and services the market place has grown to be world-wide, thanks to that nifty little thing called the internet.  In the past, you might compete locally with a handful of competitors, but now there might be  hundreds — if not thousands — of other options for your end users.   Yikes!  So, how do you compete with that?

You don’t.

There is only one ‘you’, there is only one of your product.  Even if there are knock-offs out there.  The art is to define what it is about you, your product or service that makes it what it is, that makes it special.     The thing that makes stars ‘stars’ is that they understand their personal uniqueness; that’s what builds their careers.

We tailor your message to tell the unique story (or stories) about what you do. At the end of the day, you need a marketing tool that tells not only what you/your product/service looks like, but something about your being, or the inherent feeling with which your product/service will gift them.

On Shooting People

People are naturally fascinating. I can go to the mall or a coffee shop and watch people for hours. When we are in our own skin, thinking our thoughts, we humans are fascinating. The art of shooting people is getting them to that place where they can be relaxed and in their skin, thinking their own thoughts. The art of doing that involves psychology, creativity, intuition, discipline, acute attention, understanding and a deep love for people (for which I thank my Mother whose heart was, indeed, the size of Texas). The topography of the human landscape is always changing, so even if I shot you on Monday, I’d be dealing with a potentially very different person by Wednesday — there’s the challenge; there’s the fun. Some tribes in Africa used to think a photograph would take a person’s soul — that’s what you want to aim for in shooting people. If you can catch a person’s soul, then you’re good– very good. It’s what I aspire to. And in telling the story of you and what you do, the more we can access that humanity, the more potent your story, the more it will “connect” with the humanity in those you are wanting to reach.

Bigger Companies

The key to commercial work with larger entities is balancing the objectives of different people who have a good deal invested in the message. Sometimes different departments within a client’s company– the agency, art director, producer, etc., can be moving in slightly different directions. Usually more than enough thought has gone into “what’s the story” which can sometimes lead to over-thinking and second guessing.  Aligning the message with all departments while forming enough space for inspiration to strike in the moment, is important to insure not only a congruent message, but allow for “lighting in a bottle” to strike. So, being crystal clear about what the story is that we are working towards and having a sense of ease and play are so useful to getting compelling results in a high stakes arena.

Higher Purpose

At the heart of any business is the person or people who run it and what they are about.  And I can’t help but feel that some part of a marketing plan wants to include something about the people who make it happen.  Sure, for a lot of products/services, price may be the only relevant factor. And yet, we all have experience of reaching past the cheapest one because we felt another one was better.  And sometimes, we don’t even know why, but we do it.  So, I like to encourage my clients to take pause, step back and reflect on what it was that drew them to wanting to “birth” their business into the world and continue “birthing it”.  What is it, that beyond making money, you’d like your clients/vendors/end-users to take away?  It’s usually a feeling or experience and it almost always reflects the values of the people making it.  When you and your team are working to champion your core value(s) and bring those more into the world, it gives tremendous fuel to what you do. And, when you are truly aligned with what you do and what’s important to you, making heaps of money is usually incidental. In tapping into the positive intention of your business, therein may lie success.

Alchemy

Alchemy dates back to antiquity where practitioners would seek to transmute base metals into noble metals, such as gold or silver.

Whereas alchemists of yore never succeeded in turning lead into gold, I believe that creativity is a alchemytype of alchemy; and, when aptly applied, it can lead to great riches.

Alchemy, then, is accessing the place from which creative ideas flow. And from that place of pure potential, an idea can spring that can change everything. As Victor Hugo said, “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

Every invention, every product, every story, every design that mankind has created has flowed from this place.

Creativity is unbounded. When we combine that with clarity around the story that you would like to have told, then pure alchemy becomes possible.

I believe that at the heart of all creativity is play. It is the elixir of alchemy. Some would contend that “play” is optional, a luxury to be folded in if the bottom line allows. Whereas, it is easy to see how that might make sense, there is a subtle, yet profound difference when we allow for “play.” It is a catalyst that allows us to more readily access the wellspring from which great ideas flow. The ideas and actions that issue forth from that well spring have a little magic to them, a touch of the divine. They are not only more enjoyable to create, but more effective in every way (including the bottom line). And so, I endeavor to bring a sense of fun to what I do. I look forward to seeing how Goldwe might collaborate and have fun in telling the story you want told, and, hopefully, we can create some gold.

 

  • Where we are

    My office is in sunny Burbank, California

  • Write us at

    david@beelerphotography.com

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  • our phone number

    323.428.7172