Elizabeth Starkey

Elizabeth Starkey

Freelance Art Director, Designer, Videographer, Animator, Illustrator, and Artist at Freelance
New York, United States

About me

I'm an award winning New York based art director, designer, videographer, animator, and artist with sixteen years of experience in creative for entertainment and media brands and agencies including NBCUniversal (Bravo, Oxygen), Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon), EPIX, AMC, the Doctor Oz Show, People, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Post, Condé Nast, Food Network, Gawker, the Upright Citizens Brigade, AKA NYC, and Situation Interactive, among many others. My experience encompasses key art, design for print and digital, experimental stop motion music videos, motion graphics, and everything in between. I'm a strong collaborator who enhances visual and narrative projects with personality, spirit, character, and humor. I love reviving analog creative processes as fresh and unique approaches within evolving modern landscapes. Examples of my work can be found at www.elizabethstarkey.com.

  • English - Native


Freelance Art Director, Designer, Videographer, and Artist
United States
January 2004 - Present (17 years 11 months)
• Provide original creative solutions as a multi-talented, award-winning freelance art director, designer, videographer, animator, illustrator, and artist with over sixteen years of experience with entertainment and media brands across television, print publications, streaming, and theatre
• Lead and collaborate upon diverse projects encompassing print and digital design including key art, branding and logos, social media, motion design and animation, photography, infographics, illustration, ad design, and web and interactive design
• Execute multifaceted video projects from conception to completion with experience directing, producing, writing, and editing award-winning music videos and shorts, including stop-motion animation and motion graphics
• Propel visual and narrative creative with personality, spirit, character, and humor
• Fulfill versatile creative needs of notable clients including NBCUniversal (Bravo, Oxygen), Viacom (MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon), EPIX, AMC, The Dr. Oz Show, People, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Post, Condé Nast, Food Network, Gawker Media, the Upright Citizens Brigade, AKA NYC, Situation Interactive, 360i, Horizon Media, Rumble, Rocketdog NYC, and many others
Freelance Designer
New York, United States
May 2016 - April 2017 (11 months)
• Emphasized Oxygen’s millennial, multicultural, and female-driven series through off-air design including key art, logos, social media, press photography, and other creative needs
• Supported the transition into a crime-driven network by maintaining consistently innovative but provocative creative that expands upon emotional connections of on-air crime series
• Amplified the network’s on-air creative and social media engagement through producing, directing, and shooting inventive crime-themed stop-motion animation videos
Freelance Digital Art Director and Designer
The Doctor Oz Show
United States
April 2015 - April 2016 (1 year)
• Maintained creative momentum for ongoing projects and assumed creative lead for new endeavors while serving as interim Creative Director for the digital team
• Strengthened the responsive design and user experience of DoctorOz.com Recipes through enhanced layouts, features, and capabilities
• Augmented digital franchises with clever visual content, printable companion guides and worksheets, promos, and design for interactive social media experiences
• Supported ongoing digital creative needs for both Doctor Oz and Sharecare with stimulating infographics, social media design, ad units, photo retouching, video graphics, and on-air creative
Digital Designer
New York, United States
December 2010 - March 2015 (4 years 3 months)
• Enhanced Bravo’s digital experience by creating engaging visual content for network website, mobile apps, and social media
• Met clients’ expectations and network needs by delivering co-branded creative, including microsites, content sponsorships, and ad units
• Improved and modernized Bravo’s digital products by actively participating in responsive site redesign and adapting to expanding creative requirements for emerging media
• Supported Bravo as innovative and modern entertainment brand by contributing design and animation elements for cutting-edge Emmy and Webby-winning digital initiatives
• Augmented digital video exclusives and on-air spots by executing motion graphics, creating visual comps, and shooting video featuring network talent and events
• Ensured consistent digital, on-air, and marketing design aesthetics by collaborating across departments
Director and Director of Photography
Upright Citizens Brigade
United States
December 2011 - December 2013 (2 years)
• Strengthened web presence and content of UCB Comedy by contributing to original sketch comedy videos as director and DP, pitching ideas for content, collaborating on scripts, preparing storyboards, and providing constructive and supportive input during the entire production process
• Supported branding, creative, and promotional efforts by undertaking additional design and social media needs
Freelance Digital Designer
Gawker Media
United States
March 2010 - December 2010 (9 months)
• Enhanced Gawker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, Lifehacker, and other brand blogs with eye-catching and original advertising content including ads, branded interactive media, video, and motion graphics
• Supported efficient multimedia design by developing templates for animated and interactive units
• Visually emphasized Gawker’s personality through conceptualizing inventive layouts for branded sites
• Augmented sales proposals by brainstorming and executing potential advertising creative for clients
Freelance Digital Artist and Designer
Rocketdog NYC
United States
March 2010 - December 2010 (9 months)
• Contributed to numerous successful branding, marketing, and advertising campaigns through playful motion graphics, imaginative brand and event videos, innovative stop-motion, interactive ads, graphic design, and engaging animation for clients such as Henri Bendel, iHome, the Children’s Place, Publicolor, and Mobi Munch
Digital Producer and Designer
Clear Channel Radio
United States
October 2008 - January 2010 (1 year 3 months)
• Expanded and strengthened digital endeavors for Clear Channel’s New York stations’ websites and partner sites by designing engaging ads, promotional pages, microsites, interactive content, video, and other media
• Satisfied clients’ needs by collaborating with the sales team to effectively design and integrate sponsored content and develop custom proposals
Audio, Lighting, and Camera Technician
Whole World Theatre
United States
February 2007 - September 2008 (1 year 7 months)
• Produced quality theatre experiences by directing audio, video, and lights and working closely with directors, actors, and crew
Video and Multimedia Producer
Hannon Hill
United States
September 2006 - September 2008 (2 years)
• Promoted brand awareness by producing marketing videos and podcasts, creating design elements and motion graphics, documenting brand events and presentations, and contributing to social media
• Enhanced clients’ understanding of products by directing and editing training videos and animations
Equipment Cage Manager and Video Department Monitor
Atlanta College of Art
United States
January 2004 - May 2006 (2 years 4 months)
• Supported faculty by coaching students with video equipment and software, assisting instructors with classroom requirements, and maintaining gear
Music Video Production Intern
Los Angeles, United States
June 2005 - September 2005 (3 months)
• Provided hands-on support by embracing music video pre-production, camera, and casting responsibilities while gaining on-set experience with notable producers and directors


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Film and Video

September 2002 - May 2006 (3 years 8 months)
• Summa cum laude honors, GPA 3.8 • Numerous academic scholarships and student awards

Trade Organizations

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

2012 - Present (9 years 11 months)

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