Those who know Laura Stephens on a personal basis describe her as a storyteller, a fan of creative arts, and a reliable counsel because she draws from a range of unique experiences. She has traveled to 40 countries, studied five languages, won multiple chess tournaments, studied opera under a former Metropolitan Opera star, mentored in animation under the leadership of the 12-year president of the Animation Guild, and has even written a 280,000+ word fan novel set in the Dragonball Z universe. Laura self-identifies as a nerd when she is on her personal time, with a "work-hard, play-hard" approach on life.
When it comes to her "play-hard" work, Laura is known as a diligent creative project manager and brand strategist who is detail-oriented, excels at time management, and "speaks the language" of all key stakeholders, ranging from clients to creative teams. Laura is inspired by the concept of channeling "creativity with a purpose" through brand identity, and helps small business owners develop their brand's identity from concept to market.
Ms. Stephens has worked in the gaming industry, film, branding, marketing and design industries with 7 years of project and production management and 3 years of brand strategy in an agency setting. With a strong ability to speak cross-departmental languages and a process-driven style of management, Ms. Stephens has proven success contributing to teams and managing cast, crew, talent, and vendors in production ranging from commercials to design projects. Former clients include Fungisaurs, StockLawyer, and ViVi Naturals, that latter of which she co-founded by driving branding and packaging from concept to market, and is set to launch in December, 2019. Client accounts she has worked with at agencies and production houses include SundanceTV, Canada Goose, UCLA Extension, Nokia, Tencent, and Chevrolet.
Laura has a master's in animation and digital arts from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a bachelor's in computer animation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Laura developed her writing skills with a bachelor's in English from the University of Michigan. She also received a master's in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management to better understand and advise clients on business and branding strategies.
Consumer insights, qualitative and quantitative data collection, data analytics, marketing analytics, competitive analyses, brand audits, consumer personas, data visualization
DESIGN & LAYOUT
Low fidelity through high fidelity process, user interface design, layout, wireframes, motion graphics, art direction, event design, PowerPoint/Keynote deck design
Video editing, motion graphics, storyboards, personas, 3D modeling, 3D printing, character animation, compositing, rendering, motion capture
ANIMATION & FILM
Project & production management, brand development, brand audits, competitive analysis, marketing strategy, marketing analytics, data analytics, consumer insights
MARKETING & BRANDING
Writing, painting, drawing, pen & ink, graphic storytelling, copy-writing, copy-editing, sound design, music composition, languages, chess