Lisa Reilly, Founder and CEO of REEL Entrepreneurs, Inc.™, spent 15 years in broadcast media with such media giants as Red Sox radio, Radio Disney, Westwood One and XM. As an entrepreneur at heart, Lisa had 5 other businesses under her belt by the time she launched the Yellow Brick Road Project in 2009. The YBR Project was an organization based in college completion initiatives. In 2010, as the trends turned more and more towards entrepreneurship, Lisa realized a true value in the connection between college completion and entrepreneurship. Lisa went to work assembling a team of film makers, editors and marketers to supplement this educational and entertainment concept. The model she’s created in REEL Entrepreneurs ™ is spawning other REEL brands like REEL Innovators, REEL StartUps and now the TV series Million Dollar $tartup! It is Lisa’s goal to capture and share as many of the stories from within the entrepreneurial community and those behind the curtain personal and professional journeys to build successful, sustainable companies. Lisa believes that anyone, in any age demographic, can be an entrepreneur and follow their own yellow brick roads. It is Lisa’s goal to make REEL Entrepreneurs the PIXAR of entrepreneurial content. Lisa currently resides outside of Boston and is the proud mother of two daughters, both already on their own yellow brick roads.
Jemma Byrne is a Videographer for REEL Entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of the New England Institute of Art with a BA in Digital Film and Video production. Her background is in live event videography and working with local Roxbury non-profits. Jemma’s passion is in nonfictional works, and aspires to travel all over the world to help tell the stories that people usually ignore.
Nick Scotti is a Videographer for REEL Entrepreneurs. He graduated from the New England Institute of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production in 2010, with training in all aspects of video production. His experience since then has included work in corporate video, education, and documentary production. While previously working as a video editor, Nick prefers getting outside and working in the field as a videographer. Nick loves living in the city, and is actively involved in the local music scene.
Kevin Sandler is a Video Editor for REEL Entrepreneurs. Having grown up around computers and being a technology enthusiast Kevin knew he would end up working with computers. Like most people, he enjoys television and movies, and decided that the right career for him would be a video editor. While attending Keene State College, Kevin focused his efforts in the film department on post-production, gaining multiple internships, including one at a major television network where he was able to gain valuable post-production experience. After leaving that internship, he became the producer of his senior thesis film at Keene, where he helped created a documentary that was featured in the 2013 Salem Film Festival. From there, he gained another internship at a major post-production facility in Boston, where he was able to expand his skills from editing to graphic work as well. This all led into the position of editor he holds now at REEL Entrepreneurs!
Andrew Rosenblum is a Video Editor for REEL Entrepreneurs. He graduated from Emerson College with a BA in Media Production and is enjoying working and living around Boston. Andrew knew that he wanted to be a video editor since high school, where he was working with the original iMovie and a small MiniDV camera. Now, Andrew uses much more advanced programs, such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Photoshop, and After Effects and he enjoys every minute of it. He is looking forward to helping REEL tell the stories of up and coming entrepreneurs with his editing skills!
Josh Foisey is a Video Editor for REEL Entrepreneurs. He is a recent graduate from the New England Institute of Art, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Digital Film and Video Production. Josh’s internship experiences have included companies such as CBS 3 and StyleBoston. As a freelancer Josh has experience working with MIT, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and other small businesses.
Hannah Cross is a Video Editor for REEL Entrepreneurs. She has a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University and loves to look at society and culture through the lens of, well, a lens. She first got a taste for filmmaking at summer camp, where she volunteered to do all the editing that her actor and cinematographer friends were avoiding, and never looked back. Now an enthusiastic and devoted Final Cut user, she’s thrilled to be on board with REEL Entrepreneurs. Off the job, Hannah likes to watch BBC panel shows and dote on her cat.
Kelly O’Hagan is the Art Director and Designer for REEL Entrepreneurs. She recently graduated from The New England Institute of Art in Brookline Village, and while Kelly is now living in Chicago she will still be part of the REEL team. She previously studied at Central Michigan University for two years prior to transferring to Boston and NEIA. From West Bloomfield, Michigan, she grew up with inspiration surrounding her with beautiful lakes and nature. An artist at heart, she started to self-teach herself Adobe™ programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign near the end of her high school career. In her first two years at CMU she took the role of website designer for her sorority Alpha Chi Omega using InDesign, as well as taking classes on different aspects of Graphic Design. Outside of the digital field of design, Kelly loves to spend time with her family and friends, travel when she can and simply enjoy life with any opportunity that comes her way.
Aly earned her BA in Communication and minor in Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has enthusiastically delved into the world of makeup artistry. Hailing from the dunes of Cape Cod, MA, Aly grew up doing makeup for her community’s productions and events, and is now enjoying the benefits of living in the thriving city of Boston. Being able to study both communication and art at a university level has allowed Aly to understand how to best combine her passion of makeup artistry and interpersonal skills into a successful career within a competitive industry. Aly feels as if REEL will be able to even further ignite her passion of using makeup as a powerful means of communication and expression. Aly is now working as an artist and manager for Lancome, and has been developing her own freelance makeup business for Greater Boston/Cape Cod. She looks forward to assisting the REEL team as their on-site makeup artist on the new TV show Million Dollar $tartup!