A creative mind is not a linear place to be. Amanda knows how to connect the dots.
One of her greatest strengths is her ability to help organize creative talent. I know this from my own experience with her while working on the film “Dream Out Loud.”
This was a film I had wanted to make for nearly 20 years, a film about U2 and their relationship with their fans. I had a plan, I could see how it needed to come together, but how do you organize 200 interviews in 5 countries and still stay focused on the story?
Amanda took the reins on the organizational side for me. She contacted each interviewee, set up times and locations, including backup opportunities, to ensure that each person that wanted to be interviewed for the film could be. Every morning I would receive a succinct e-mail with the day’s itinerary of interviews, and some notes on each person. All I had to do was concentrate on the story, and how to get them all into the film.
She was an incredible sounding board for me as I went through the creative process, and always took care of the administrative details. She made every e-mail and letter we needed to send better. She secured the music licenses needed for the songs I wanted to include.
Amanda dares to believe that anything can be achieved because she knows that it is only a function of how hard you are willing to work at it. Everything she did on that film allowed me to be as creative as I could be, focused on the story, and because of that, “Dream Out Loud” is a better film. Thank you, Aardvark Girl!
Before working with Amanda, I was a bit lost.
Lost for time! I was nowhere near organized and she walked me through some very simple ways to get a handle on my books and budgets. It just so happens, all the things I don’t enjoy spending my time on are her strengths!
She has an excellent eye for detail and anyone who is running a successful business would benefit from her insight and talents in managing, tracking and reminding! My experience with her has been excellent all around, from production to producing to management to bookkeeping.
Amanda has an ease about her that makes accounting less of a chore.
Somehow, she manages to engage me in my own QuickBooks, something no other business consultant has been able to do.
I look forward to our reviews and her suggestions for my company. She knows her craft and loves to help people.
Working with Amanda has been wildly helpful to us.
We’ve been able to hand off portions of our projects to her that then allow us to focus on staying out in front. She is very good at managing budgets, handling the day-to-day needs of our clients, and keeping projects on track.
I don’t know how we managed without her before she became such an important resource for us!
Miss Amanda has been a joy to work with, not just because of her wicked talented brain that loves to solve financial equations but because she makes it pleasurable even when it’s sticky.
And in the production world, it tends to be sticky more often than not.
Over the years, we have worked on many projects together – and not always in the same capacity. I’ll tell her I’ve got a crazy idea and then ask her to jump into a different role. She’ll give me that inquisitive look, then say, “OK let’s try it,” with a smile.
Probably the best example of a crazy request: taking on the budget management for the Presidential Debate in Las Vegas. It was NOT your usual big budget as it had many diverse requirements and personalities that all needed to succeed. A massive, high-profile project for all involved, but we knew we could conquer it together. And that we did!