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Ron Dawson

Creative Director | Senior Video Producer | New Media Maven | Author

Greater Seattle Area
Media Production
  1. Dare Dreamer Media,
  2. Mighty 8th Media
  1. Teen Identity Portraits & Magazine,
  2. Intuit, Inc.,
  3. Screenplay Systems, Inc.
  1. University of California, Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business
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Dare Dreamer Media

Dare Dreamer Media

Creative Director/Executive Producer

– Present

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I combine over 25 years of branding, marketing and finance experience with an award-winning filmmaking eye to help global brands, non-profits and individuals communicate their messages.

As the creative director and owner of Dare Dreamer Media I lead and work with a team of creatives to tell inspirational and cause-driven stories for large churches, non-profits and small to large corporations.

I also get to shape and lead the video division of Mighty 8th Media, an award-winning creative marketing and ad agency comprised of down-to-earth, yet wildly talented artists and managers.

Lastly, as an industry blogger, published author, coach, and instructor, I love teaching, mentoring and inspiring professional creatives to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Below are just a few of my favorite projects.


Creative Director/Executive Producer

Dare Dreamer Media
– Present (12 years 6 months)Greater Seattle Area

A new media marketing and video production agency helping large and small organizations communicate their messages effectively and with impact. Our niche is inspirational and cause-driven films.
• Executive produce all projects headed by the firm.
• Direct and edit most productions as well as oversee a talented team of filmmakers nationwide who do additional shooting and editing.
• Cast vision for the company and spearhead marketing, business development, and project management.
• Extensive project and team management to deliver projects on time and on budget for clients.
• Have created and produced a series of original online content include video and audio podcasts. Currently producer/host for Crossing the 180, a weekly audio podcast for filmmakers.

Senior Video Producer

Mighty 8th Media
– Present (1 year 8 months)

• Spearhead creation and development of video production division including strategy, workflow management, project management, branding and video SEO.
• Produce, write, and direct internal and external video productions in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
• Train and mentor video team on all aspects of production including cinematography, post, and business development.
• Collaborate with Creative Director, business development and project management teams to create proposals, develop and pitch concepts and produce story-driven projects.
• Contribute multimedia and written content for company blog via participation on Social Media team.

Freelance Writer on Business and the Creative Arts

Dare Dreamer Media
– Present (8 years 4 months)

A prolific, creative, and inspirational writer that calls on 20+ years of business experience and over 10 years of filmmaking and production experience to provide educational, insightful and inspirational content for books, magazines, and blogs.
• Creator and author of, a daily blog dedicated to the art and business of filmmaking and photography.
• Co-author of "ReFocus: Cutting Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business" (Peachpit Press 2009)
• Contributor to EventDV Magazine
• Contributor to Professional Photographer Magazine
• Past contributor to other blogs/websites including,, and

Director of Marketing & Media Development

Teen Identity Portraits & Magazine
(3 years 9 months)

Teen Identity is a media company dedicated to raising the self-esteem and confidence of teen girls by making them feel beautiful in the bodies they have, and empowering them to "take back the media." Duties include:
• Brand and marketing strategy development
• Business Development
• Sales and customer relations
• Producing original online content
• Video production
• Managing the Teen Identity Network of professional visual artists.

Business Marketing Manager

Intuit, Inc.
(2 years 3 months)

Spearheaded the marketing and implementation of interactive pages in Quicken that provided extended functionality and advertising exposure to Quicken's business partners. Worked closely with product management and

Vice President, Operations

Screenplay Systems, Inc.
(7 months)

Lead the management team in the execution of daily and strategic operations. Reported directly to company owners.

Director of Finance and Operations

Screenplay Systems, Inc.
(3 years 1 month)

Managed largest division of the company, overseeing, human resources, finance, accounting, and production. Worked closely with Sales and Marketing Director to plan and implement key strategic directions for the company.

Assistant Marketing Manager

Screenplay Systems, Inc.
(2 years 1 month)

Reported directly to Sales and Marketing Director to help implement marketing plans. Created company collateral, project managed trade show booth and participation, and worked on advertising graphics.


Dare Dreamer Magazine(Link)


Blog covering the art & business of filmmaking & photography.

Professional Photographer Magazine(Link)

Leading industry magazine for professional photographers. Published by Professional Photographers of America.


  1. Spanish


  • Film Production
  • Video Editing
  • Business Writing
  • Cross-functional Team...
  • Leading Large Teams
  • Video Direction
  • Creative Direction
  • Video
  • Technical Writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Video Production
  • Film
  • Leadership
  • New Media
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Editing
  • Commercials
  • Entertainment
  • HD Video
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Editorial
  • Cinematography
  • Blogging
  • Producing
  • Photography
  • Short Films
  • Web Video
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Social Media
  • Digital Media
  • Television
  • Storytelling
  • Avid
  • Camera
  • Videography
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sound
  • Media Production
  • Multimedia
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University of California, Berkeley - Walter A. Haas School of Business

Bachelor of Science, Finance

Activities and Societies: Delta Sigma Pi, co-ed professional business fraternity. Held various positions including President, VP Pledge Education and VP Professional Development.

De Anza College

Film and Television

Part of the exclusive Fiction Worksop program, specifically designed to provide hands-on film production experience. Each quarter we worked on just one production. Everyone in program was assigned a roll. Required referral or recommendation from another faculty member to join program.

South Pasadena High School

High School Diploma

Activities and Societies: • Junior and Senior Class President. • YMCA Youth and Government Program: held various state-wide elected offices.

Honors & Awards

• EventDV Top 25 - one of 25 most influential event videographers in the industry as voted by our peers (2008 and 2009)
• Bay Area Videographers Association Videographer of the Year two consecutive years—2004 and 2005
- Diamond Artistic Achievement Award (Best in Category Winner) 4EVER Group international video competition.

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