September’s Man of the Month is:
Here’s a little bit about him:
Jeff Scharf is the founder and Development Director of Bluegreen Productions, which was founded in 2005 and offers services including Production management, Labour and logistics, Special FX and equipment rentals.
While simultaneously establishing Bluegreen Productions Jeff worked as the Production Manager for several companies including MVKA Productions – one of Vancouver’s finest event design and planning firms. He helped facilitate events ranging from small intimate settings; to large multi-day programs often including some of the top headline entertainers and speakers that have taken place throughout North America.
Jeff’s skill set includes a wide range of technical experience and a team oriented hands on management style that contributed to MVKA producing several award winning and cutting edge critically acclaimed experiences at home here in Vancouver.
Some noteworthy events that Jeff has contributed to recently include:
March 26th, 2011- 40th Anniversary Juno Dinner Gala & Awards 2011- Toronto
October 2010- Canuck Place “Gift of time” gala dinner
September 2010- Dr. Peter Foundation fundraising dinner gala
July 27th 2010- MPI: World Education Congress 2010: Closing night celebration on Granville. (Award recipient)
April 2010- Juno Dinner Gala & Awards 2010- St Johns
March 2010- CANWEST Olympic Suite: Publish Lounge at the Meille showroom
October 2009- Canuck Place “Gift of time” gala dinner
July 2009- MPI: World Education Congress 2009: Salt Lake City- Tourism BC
July 1st 2009- Canada day at Canada Place 2009 (Award recipient)
March 2009- Juno Dinner Gala & Awards 2009 – Vancouver
Jeff has also been the stage manager and lighting director for the Vancouver chamber choir for the past 8 years, and has worked as a studio musician and performer with several bands over the past 20 years.
And here’s how he answered my 6 questions about creativity:
What does it mean to you to be creative?
To be “creative” is easy because all of us, big and small, black or white are creative. It is in our very nature to create and imagine something wonderful out of nothingness.
Creativity can be stimulated by colors, music, poetry and writing, or a simple sunset or memory that triggers the process.
I am asked to be creative in my field all the time, and its ironic because most of the time my job is actually NOT to be creative. My role is usually to stimulate thought and action to produce real life versions of a creative concept that already exists, but as I gain more experience I find myself contributing to my clients concepts more than listening to their existing ideas, due to my ability to see through concept to reality as a producer, production manager, and artist.
Even a carpenter building a stage needs to be creative to address onsite adjustments or design changes on the fly, so it is a very generic term describing an extremely natural and common tool in humanity in my opinion.
What triggers your creativity?
Excitement and energy can trigger my creativity.
Whenever a project manager or client is engaged in the program and excited, I find it very exhilarating and I make it my mission to create a successful memorable event.
What hinders your creativity?
Creativity is a delicate thing. Even the best designers, planners and artists can find themselves feeling rushed into a concept or produce something less than they envisioned based on a short notice project, poorly planned budget parameters, and a client, or financial provider that is more concerned with profit or coming in under budget than producing the best design and presentation possible. The best in the business can work around these limiting factors most of the time and thats what makes them great at what they do!
A poorly chosen, venue can also limit creativity, but again good designer make bad into good most of the time.
What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
Many bands, many events, many miles(&KM), many dogs, One love. I don’t think I can properly explain the wildest journey in my life. So I won’t.
What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
When I am asked to be creative for a project, and a strong theme is presented I think it’s important to stimulate all of the human senses, and being “bold” to me means to demand attention, and “provocative” is more difficult to achieve since it requires a project concept with some depth that stimulates thought and emotional response.
What’s next for you?
Many many things….
My goal is to make Bluegreen into a specialized rental house, offering strong onsite and pre production management services, with a focus on high end presentations, and the ability to work with existing management teams or clients to allow them to experience top notch production processes without breaking the budget.
And here’s a couple of things that Jeff wants to pass along that inspire him…
First, here’s a photo of the sun with our most recent space telescope lens and resolution upgrades. The amount of energy in this one flare is barely even measurable by human means and understanding, puts things into perspective for certain.
Second there’s Stonehenge and it’s newly discovered twin structure plus insight into the people who would have constructed it and worshipped the heavens from our humble earthly perspective. Amazing, and Inspiring.
Many thanks Jeff, for sharing your life of making creativity happen!
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