We had the good fortune of connecting with Adele Amos and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adele, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I believe the most important factor behind my success is treating each and every crew member with the same respect that I treat the client, agency & director. Since I started as a PA in 1993, I always paid close attention to everyone ‘above’ me as I came up the ladder…. I had no issues turning down work if there was someone I didn’t like working with, yet would put in 200% for someone I did like working with.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started my career in 1993 in Portland Oregon then quickly moved to Los Angeles in early 1994. Taking off in the commercial world as a PA, I loved it! I could drive anything, load trucks, collect coffees for the ‘upper echelon’ i.e. director, producer, agency, client etc. I never walked… always jogged or ran on set…. funny. I was quickly swept into ‘office PA’ then ‘coordinator’ and finally Production Manager position by 1997 or 1998… I learned from many great Coordinators & PM’s in LA… I was a SUPER SPONGE….. I believe what sets me apart from others is that I refuse to treat anyone poorly or disrespect. If someone makes a mistake, I approach them and explain how they could do things differently on the next job. Our industry is made up of many crew who are constantly ‘climbing the ladder’ and I will always mentor and help someone no differently than I was helped along my path to Producing. If challenged, which happens on EVERY job in one way or another, I believe my approach of puting your head down and figuring it out is always best. Commercial production is very much like puting the pieces of the puzzle together… sometimes you just need to lay all the pieces out on the table, then start, one by one, placing them together. Before you know it, you’ve completed the puzzle and all looks and runs smoothly. I’ve definitely learned patience! That is KEY to any successful production. Collecting a great team is also key to success. Without a full great team onboard and all doing their key roles, we’d be a mess. lol. I am VERY good at relaying needed information to the correct heads of dept’s to make the prep run smoothly on projects.
Those who have worked with me over these past 29 years know me for being honest, brutally honest. Whether for the benefit of the client or production company or crew… I can see a calendar, budget, boards etc and can relay pretty quickly IF we (prod co) can pull off the expectations of the agency / client. I’m a logistical queen…. and have no issues turning down a project that I don’t feel I can pull off for the budget, or timing of the calendar etc.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Having moved to the Phoenix area in 2013 from Los Angeles I have had a very fun time adventuring around Arizona. If I had a week to take someone around, I’d start by packing up the old Airstream and heading towards Sedona. Sedona is a treat for anyone to see, eat, hike and explore. A dear friend, Lisa Dahl, owns now 6 of the top restaurants in Sedona.. and I love good food. Sitting on the outdoor patio at Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, sipping on an afternoon drink, watching the sunset hit the red rocks is priceless. Alternatively, grabbing a togo order and telling stories around the old 1976 Airstream is always just as fun. Heading back into the Phoenix area, I love taking people to watch the bull riding at our local haunts. Real Bull Riding… with real Cowboys…. Super fun. Living in Cave Creek is wonderful… I call it the ‘Horse and Harley’ town….. though only a stones throw away from Phoenix itself. Another side trip would be to visit the cool little towns that Arizona has to offer. Jerome, AZ with their haunted buildings from the old mining days to Williams, AZ for the ‘Gateway to the Grand Canyon’…. and not to forget another great restaurant in Williams, AZ … Hunger Square … East Indian food that you will NEVER FORGET…. owned by Chaitali Bose and Suditpo Balav… two other wonderful friends and co-workers in our production industry of commercial making.
My other favorite thing to do when friends are in town is to take them to see music… Cave Creek always has good music… especially the T-Bonez who play often at Janey’s Bodega and Coffeehouse. Sitting outside and enjoying good music with a group of friends as another definition of ‘epic’ evening out.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d dedicate my ‘shoutout’ to Nydrle Inc. The Production Company in LA that ‘pulled’ me into producing in 2000. Director, Peter Nydrle, his EP, Jeanne Mattiussi and his CFO, George Govednik, were all about making sure I’d ‘make it’ as a Producer. Jumping from PM’ing into Producing is quite a change… Peter Nydrle was all about making sure I made that transition right and with success. There were many times those 3 ‘slapped their foreheads’ with my questions of how to handle a certain situation, however, they all stuck with me until I was able to ‘fly’ on my own. I’ll be forever grateful to them and that time of my life.