Carmel Quinn is a creative producer based in Brooklyn, NY. We sat down with her to find out a bit more about one of our favorite OAD girls.
Originally from Australia, I am New York based Creative Producer. I produce photo shoots, short films, branding and design projects, artist collaboration projects, and special events. A lot of different things!How did you find your way to NYC?
I studied design and business at college back in Australia. During this time I was really drawn to and inspired by the work of New York based artists, designers, and photographers. I came to NYC for a two week holiday, and immediately knew that I would like to live here at some point in my life. Soon after graduating, I was fortunate enough to get a working visa, and I wanted to challenge myself with a completely new lifestyle. I had only been to New York once before I moved which is kind of crazy, but I was craving something totally different from my world in Brisbane, Australia — which is a small city. I made the move in 2014, and have lived in the U.S. ever since.How does creation play a part in your life?
The creative process of bringing something into existence is everything to me. I have always been compelled to create, or to help facilitate creation. Through the work that I do, I am extremely grateful to be an enabler for directors, photographers, creative + art directors, artists, and designers to create exceptional work. I really believe that creativity is essential for everything in life.Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with design?
Good design helps me live with more positivity, clarity, efficiency, and productivity. I care deeply about thoughtful design.What are three things you could not live with out every day?
My boyfriend, my puppy, and bananas.
What is most inspiring to you about New York?
The aspirational energy of New Yorkers is infectious and inspiring. I have a lot of friends here who are doing incredible things, which is super motivating for me. I love that there is a lot of opportunity for creative collaboration here if you're open and willing to work for it. I do like the pace here too. Everything is fast, and I'm a fast person, so that is gratifying for me. I can get a lot done in a day and I love that about it. That being said, it can feel a little too intense at times. It is city with a capital C in every respect. It is deluxe, you know? You really feel like anything could happen here. I am a proud Australian, but I do feel very much at home in New York.Can you give up your 3 favorite spots in your neighborhood?
I love getting dinner at Alameda in Greenpoint, Loosie Rouge, and Cafe Mogador in Williamsburg.How do you relax + recharge in this busy city?
I try to stay grateful and mindful. I think that having a sense of gratitude with a sense of humor goes a long way. It's a technique to be graceful! I also try to remind myself that things are going to be hectic, but that’s a good thing — it means you’re growing or learning, usually both. I definitely do have a tendency to feel anxious at times, and I have little rituals that help me to stay centered. I need to start everyday with exercise, and I make sure to schedule time for things that nourish me — like going to dinner or to the movies with friends. As I have gotten older I have become more conscious about replenishing myself. At the weekend I try to have a breather from my week. I try to keep Sunday as a self care day, where I take things slower, and pamper myself a little bit.Any exciting projects you’d like to share with us?
Yes! I'm really excited about a few projects that are in the works with my partner, Director and Photographer Bon Duke. We're working on few short films that are due for release next year.What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? Sometimes it's important to take big risks, even if you're very fearful. It can be a bigger risk to stay in your comfort zone. Also, always always be thoughtful and considerate of other people!