Dana Cole

Dana Cole

Capitol Communicator is running a series featuring profiles of communicators in the mid-Atlantic.  In this “Up Close and Personal” profile, we feature Dana Cole, executive producer of Oscar Production, LLC. Photography for this series is by Cade Martin; wardrobe styling by Pascale Lemaire for THE Artist Agency; and hair and makeup by Patti D Nelson and Janice Kinigopoulos for THE Artist Agency.

Dana, tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a freelance producer based in Annapolis, but I work closely with DC-area public relations firms and advertising agencies on national broadcast, cable, web and print campaigns. My wide range of clients and cause-related campaigns allows me great opportunity to work with directors, editors and music companies of all genres – which always keeps things interesting. Some of my recent projects include the NAB Teen Mental Health Awareness Campaign, Alzheimers.gov website launch, HHS TV and radio PSAs; Inova Healthcare TV campaign; President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition PSAs;  and WMATA’s new TV campaign for the Silver Line, which you just featured on the Capitol Communicator website.

Are you involved in any other organizations?

Yes, I’m on the Board of Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, which is based in Annapolis.  Maryland Hall is a multi-disciplinary arts center that provides opportunities for lifelong community participation in arts education, the visual arts and performing arts. I’m also a Guardian Society member of the South River Federation in Edgewater, Maryland.  The Federation exists to protect, preserve, restore and celebrate the South River and its interdependent living community. It’s part of the National Waterkeeper Alliance.

Did you have a role model?

My role model was the head of production at my first agency job, who told me to “always stay calm – and think of Plan B and Plan C simultaneous with Plan A.  Everyone looks to the producer for the answers to any and all questions – and you’d better be prepared”.

Being a producer, is there any appropriate attire for your job?

I can probably wear most anything on set – but jeans are my go-to staple when in production and at the edit. For meetings with clients, I try to make an attempt to kick it up a notch with dresses and heels – but not the three- inch heels, since I’m already 5’10”! In the colder months, I live in black tights, boots and dresses for most everything.

Where do you shop for the clothes you wear?

I’m a sucker for a cute boutique – whether at Fred Segal in Hollywood or Soho shopping in NYC.  However, I tend to balance those purchases with trips to H&M and Anthropologie.  Boots are an addiction – in fact, the only great part of losing the last summer light is the onset of boot-wearing season And I own way too many pair of jeans – AG is my favorite, although I just discovered MIH – love the fit!

Is there anything else our readers should know?

I’m an avid kayaker and paddleboarder and I recently become addicted to yoga – on and off the paddleboard.  And, I have a small zoo of rescue animals at my house – two dogs and three cats.

How do the dogs and cats get along?

One cat is in love with the dogs.  The other two cats just tolerate the whole deal.

About The Author

The only child of a university art professor and freethinker mother, Cade Martin grew up surrounded by shapes and images. His love of art grew out of summer vacations filled with trips to galleries, museums and art studios. At home he often found himself around the dinner table with an eclectic cast of characters – sculptors, writers and painters. They paraded through his childhood, shaping his art foundation and forming his appreciation for the candid beauty found in people from all walks of life. Cade’s been chasing characters ever since. He seeks out their stories-told through the architecture of their faces or the costumes they wear-whether he’s on a commercial production or setting up an Avedon-like photo booth at Comic Con. They are the heroes in his pictures. His thirst for capturing adventures took its hold while shooting stills on movie sets and then as a photographer for National Geographic covering the railways of India. And it is that sense of adventure that Cade brings to his productions elevating the ordinary to the extraordinary with a cinematic touch. It’s not just a picture. He’s committed to the experience, building beautiful environments and, sometimes for his portraits, simply building trust. A talented storyteller, Cade splits his time between the East and West Coasts creating images for editorial, advertising, fashion, and lifestyle clients

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