“I am a storyteller.
I am a creator. I am an artist. Telling stories is a beautiful, messy, ever-changing, imperfect process. I help make them great.”
As a child, Jeremy Sherlick loved to play make-believe and would get lost in made up worlds of wonder.
Today, Jeremy uses this same childish imagination to create rich visual stories that delve into adventures of art, culture, history, and science.
As a video and immersive story producer, Jeremy likes to dig deep into new projects, everything from rainforests disappearing in the Amazon, disputes in the south china sea, and the political breakdown of the Iranian government. He may have even won an Emmy or three along the way.
But in his spare time, Jeremy has been known to paint like Pollock, recreate Amelia Earhart’s plane out of cardboard boxes, or plot his next grand adventure with the family — he also does a mean Yoda voice.
Jeremy lives every day as the creative adult who let his inner child survive.
To have empathy is a beginning and not an end. It's the start of a conversation, not the finish. And from it can come healing and growth. But damn it's hard.
The Secret to Talking is Listening
The truest form of listening is when you can remove yourself from the act and just focus on what the other person has to say.
Lead, Don’t Manage
Leadership is about looking forward. It's about looking to the future to what is possible. Management, on the other hand, is about looking backwards to the pack, worrying about all the little details, many of which are completely out of your control.
You Can Only Pick Two
This one comes from my mentor in grad school, Norman Hollyn, the author of the Film ...
Thoughts Aren’t Real
We "think" that what goes on up in our heads is the be-all and end-all manifestation of our true inner core, or soul, or self. Nope. They are just thoughts.
Never Say “No” in an Email
Don't put a "no" response back to some in the written word. There are many, many reasons for this but here are my top ones.
Always Say “Yes” in an Email
If someone wants you to do something and your answer is "yes," put it in an email.
If You Don’t Care, They Won’t Either
If you discard something or show no interest in it, people around you won't either. However, the opposite is luckily true.
Build Legos, Freeform
Lego sets in the "olden day" were freeform. There were no instructions. No movie tie-ins. You just built stuff.
The Case Against Content
I hear and see and read the word “content” everywhere these days. I can’t seem to get away from it.
Jeremy is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer based in the Washington D.C. area. Currently, he produces and manages interactives, video, podcasts, and photography for CFR Digital, at the Council on Foreign Relations. Jeremy has his MFA in film production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and BA in anthropology from the University at Buffalo. He’s worked in the media industry since 2002, including stints at Pixar and Miramax, along with experience on feature-length documentaries, animation projects, special effects, and television. Jeremy has spoken at a number of conferences and special events including, an ONA panel and Docs in Progress.