Bandier Program

Blythe Thomas, music video director and photographer

Monday, April 22, 2019, 6:45 p.m. 007 Whitman School of Management

Presented by the David M. Rezak Music Business Lecture Series

Please respect that this lecture series is an off-the-record event, with a no social media policy. What happens in Rezak stays in Rezak. Thank you.

The Making of a Music Video: A Discussion with Blythe Thomas

The Women’s Empowerment Project at S.U. is pleased to partner with the Bandier Program on this week’s industry speaker. Previous guest speakers have taught us about the importance of working with an effective team when it comes to achieving success within the music industry. Given that the current landscape of the music industry has shown pivotal album releases are more often accompanied by strong and unique visuals, this Rezak lecture will focus on an up and coming video director and photographer. We will hear from Blythe Thomas, a young and accomplished creative who has been instrumental in helping artists like Hozier, Lennon Stella and Grace Vanderwaal bring their artistic visions to life. Thomas will offer insight into what it’s like collaborating with other creatives, how to ensure her voice is heard amongst a creative team and how we can bridge the “confidence gap” that is a product of a lack of female visibility in creative roles.

Blythe Thomas is a CMT award-nominated music video director and photographer.

At just 26, Blythe has established herself as a creative force in the music industry. Her portfolio ranges from official music videos to documentarian work (credits include directing, editing and often shooting). Her clients include Sony Music Group (Columbia Records), Warner Music Group (Warner Nashville, Atlantic), Universal Music Group (Def Jam, Republic), Scooter Braun Projects, Sandbox Entertainment and beyond.

To date, her work has been credited in virtually all major outlets, including TIME, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Vice, Billboard, People, Snapchat, Glamour and Teen Vogue. As of October 2018, Blythe’s videos have collectively been streamed over 120 million times.

Blythe is passionate about producing killer content with a personal touch. She’ll work tirelessly to achieve an artist’s vision, no matter the scope.

In addition to her work in the music industry, Blythe is passionate about speaking out and advocating for LGBTQ rights, helping de-stigmatize the conversation surrounding mental health and helping to bring awareness to the orphan crisis in Africa. Visit The Trevor Project, National Alliance on Mental Health or Unicef to learn more about one of these causes.

Information about the speaker

Blythe Thomas
Music video director and photographer

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For more information, contact:
Lisa Steele
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