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Meet the Team...
Our Team - Nils Erik, Creative Director / Director / photographer

Creative Director / Director / Photographer

Nils Erik, MFA

Pablo Picasso once said, ‘every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ Does anyone wonder if that’s what J. M. Barrie was thinking when she wrote her play, Peter Pan? For Nils Erik, the University of Miami became his own Neverland. While running with the Lost Boys, he first picked up a Kodak 24 frame disposable camera during his freshman year. He found great joy in capturing their own spontaneous, wild and crazy adventures. He looked to the professors at the []_[] as his very own Wendy for guidance and for sparking his growth in his initial photographic development. Later, armed with a photojournalism degree from the []_[], Nils began his career with Ocean Drive Magazine. When the lure of growing up became too strong to ignore, Nils left Neverland in Miami and ventured west to complete his Master of Fine Arts at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Living in the City of Lost Angels since 2008, Nils nurtures his own team of creative soldiers now while specializing in all aspects of photographic production. Today SMILE XXVII Studios has already captured thousands of images and created new visual campaigns with Nils’ own magical fairy dust for celebrities, models, artist, entrepreneurs and designer brand companies alike!

‘Everyone grows up, yet ‘the trick is growing up without growing old.’ ~ Casey Stengel

“My experience and vision lend themselves to accomplishing your creative and business goals. I regard my craftsmanship as being an investment in the longevity of your brand.”

Business Manager

Nikky Anglin

Nikky dedicates herself to executing strategic branding and marketing initiatives everyday for business owners who want to focus on their product development. Her Bachelors in Business Administration from Iona College coupled with her experience working with companies like R.R. Donnelley & Sons and Odyssey Re, has developed her understanding that multimedia production is problem solving, it is essential to refining your brand and moving forward. She works with your team to find or enhance your unique identity, essentially building the foundation for establishing your exclusive position in the market. Her leadership, strategies and solutions coupled with the essential print and video materials provided by SMILE XXVII Studios, helps your business grow and enriches your bottom line.

Nikky Berteau - Executive Producer - SMILE XXVII Studios
Nikky Berteau - Executive Producer - SMILE XXVII Studios

Business Manager

Nikky Anglin

Nikky dedicates herself to executing strategic branding and marketing initiatives everyday for business owners who want to focus on their product development. Her Bachelors in Business Administration from Iona College coupled with her experience working with companies like R.R. Donnelley & Sons and Odyssey Re, has developed her understanding that multimedia production is problem solving, it is essential to refining your brand and moving forward. She works with your team to find or enhance your unique identity, essentially building the foundation for establishing your exclusive position in the market. Her leadership, strategies and solutions coupled with the essential print and video materials provided by SMILE XXVII Studios, helps your business grow and enriches your bottom line.

MUSE Publishing - Media production Company - Partners w/ SMILE XXVII Studios

Media Production

MUSE Publishing

MUSE Publishing is a media production company specializing in content production for various international and domestic commercial publications. We are a team of music, fashion and entertainment professionals. Our goal is to provide our clients the most comfortable atmosphere to create stunning imagery. Our work can be seen in SportsIllustrated.com, Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Maxim, FHM, Cosmopolitan and their international editions as well as many other publications. Our clients range from professional athletes to actresses, models, musicians, fashion and apparel companies and designers. We work as an avenue for individuals to receive commercial media exposure and enhance their resumes.

Editor / Colorist

Clinton K. Hollister

Raised on the streets of Montecito—and in the rough and tumble countryside of the Gaviota Coast—Clinton Kyle Hollister stems from a long line of enterprising California Natives. With a background in both Engineering and Photography, Clinton straddles the warring spheres of creativity and technical expertise with the most delicate touch. Like Da Vinci himself, he prides himself in harnessing these divergent worlds into one, focused, stream of productivity and artistic output. As an editor and colorist, Clinton has worked on projects ranging from Independent Feature Films to National Television commercials.

Meet the team - SMILE XXVII Studios
Meet the team - SMILE XXVII Studios

Editor / Colorist

Clinton K. Hollister

Raised on the streets of Montecito—and in the rough and tumble countryside of the Gaviota Coast—Clinton Kyle Hollister stems from a long line of enterprising California Natives. With a background in both Engineering and Photography, Clinton straddles the warring spheres of creativity and technical expertise with the most delicate touch. Like Da Vinci himself, he prides himself in harnessing these divergent worlds into one, focused, stream of productivity and artistic output. As an editor and colorist, Clinton has worked on projects ranging from Independent Feature Films to National Television commercials.

First Assistant Director, Kevin Huang. SMILE XXVII Studios

First Assistant Director

Kevin Huang

Kevin Huang grew up in Taiwan. Exposed to art at a young age, he has long been passionate toward the subject and has dabbled in a variety of art media. He was trained in industrial design but quickly changed his focus to film once he realized the influences that film has on its audiences and the affect it has to the public, believing that film is the best medium for him to reach peoples’ hearts across the world with his vision and messages. At University of Kansas he learned about film theories but itched at the chance for production. After working as a cinematographer for couple years, working on projects ranging from music video, commercials, to narrative shorts, he decided to pursue his original goal when entering the business–directing. Now living in Los Angeles, he continues to work on his upcoming projects.

Director of Photography

Daniel Rink

Daniel Rink grew up in Central Oregon, wakeboarding, skiing and spending a lot of time outdoors. His surroundings inspired him to start photography and under the red light of the dark-room, he perfected processing and printing black & white photos. Soon after he started shooting short films and fell in love with storytelling through cinema which led him to Brooks Institute, a film and photography school in Ventura, California. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production with a focus on cinematography, and was nominated for a Student Heritage Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his thesis film. Daniel currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as a cinematographer on narrative films, music videos, commercials and documentaries. He is constantly exploring new aspects of the art of cinematography and loves to create and collaborate with passionate filmmakers.

Daniel Rink, Director of Photography. SMILE XXVII Studios
Daniel Rink, Director of Photography. SMILE XXVII Studios

Director of Photography

Daniel Rink

Daniel Rink grew up in Central Oregon, wakeboarding, skiing and spending a lot of time outdoors. His surroundings inspired him to start photography and under the red light of the dark-room, he perfected processing and printing black & white photos. Soon after he started shooting short films and fell in love with storytelling through cinema which led him to Brooks Institute, a film and photography school in Ventura, California. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video Production with a focus on cinematography, and was nominated for a Student Heritage Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his thesis film. Daniel currently lives in Los Angeles where he works as a cinematographer on narrative films, music videos, commercials and documentaries. He is constantly exploring new aspects of the art of cinematography and loves to create and collaborate with passionate filmmakers.

SMILE XXVII Studios - Steadicam Operator

Steadicam Operator

Erdem Ertal

First Assistant Camera

Brian McCauley

Another Brooks Institute graduate, Brian McCauley is relatively new to California. Born and raised in Kirkland, Washington Brian moved with his small family to LA to pursue his life long dream and passion of working in the film industry. Recently nominated for Best Cinematography at the 48 Hour Film Project in LA he understands that it takes a team of talented and impassioned people to make something incredible. His focus has been as an assistant, working on such cameras as: the Red One, Scarlet, Epic, Phantom Flex and Phantom Gold to name a few. One of his favorite things to do is building the camera at the start of a shoot day.

Brian McCauley - First Assistant Camera - SMILE XXVII Studios
Brian McCauley - First Assistant Camera - SMILE XXVII Studios

First Assistant Camera

Brian McCauley

Another Brooks Institute graduate, Brian McCauley is relatively new to California. Born and raised in Kirkland, Washington Brian moved with his small family to LA to pursue his life long dream and passion of working in the film industry. Recently nominated for Best Cinematography at the 48 Hour Film Project in LA he understands that it takes a team of talented and impassioned people to make something incredible. His focus has been as an assistant, working on such cameras as: the Red One, Scarlet, Epic, Phantom Flex and Phantom Gold to name a few. One of his favorite things to do is building the camera at the start of a shoot day.

Spencer Huff - Editor

Editor & Colorist

Spencer Huff

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Reginald Pipkin

Reggie is motivated by opportunities to grow, enthused by the chance to lead, and look forward to solving problems. He am constantly in search of opportunities to learn from peers, mentors, and teachers especially in the areas of fashion, design, and brand building. He can be a bit eccentric but only because he’s passionate about creation and ideation. Mix that with a bit of efficiency and a ‘think outside of the box’ mentality and you get him; a guy who simply wants to make things better.

Graphic Designer - Reginald Pipkin - SMILE XXVII Studios
Graphic Designer - Reginald Pipkin - SMILE XXVII Studios

Graphic Designer / Illustrator

Reginald Pipkin

Reggie is motivated by opportunities to grow, enthused by the chance to lead, and look forward to solving problems. He am constantly in search of opportunities to learn from peers, mentors, and teachers especially in the areas of fashion, design, and brand building. He can be a bit eccentric but only because he’s passionate about creation and ideation. Mix that with a bit of efficiency and a ‘think outside of the box’ mentality and you get him; a guy who simply wants to make things better.

Ashley - Makeup Artist - SMILE XXVII Studios

Make-up Artist

Ashley Beverly Cordova

Ashley Beverly Cordova started in the make-up industry in 2006. She offers freelance make-up services and hairstyling for both men and women. Her Work expands from Film,Television, Commercials, Print and Music Videos. Ashley’s work extends in a wide range of ways from special events to red carpet events. 

Ashley is dedicated and committed to everything she does. she strives each day to better herself. Ashley enjoys bringing out the beauty in people and being a part of a great team. She is interested in meeting and networking with talented people.

The most important element of Ashley’s work is the ability to use her creativity to enhance natural beauty yet bring out a person’s inner beauty and individuality.

Web Developer

Chris Reid-Eriksen

At age 10, Chris received his first computer, a Tandy 1000SL from Radio Shack. He learned BASIC in middle school. In high school, he took a programming sabbatical to dissect a cat, learn calculus for some unknown reason, and try getting into college. At Hamilton College, he was able to create a few web sites in HTML (2.0 of course), meet his future wife, attend a “few” parties, and manage to graduate with BA in Biology. Today, Chris creates solutions to complex issues using the power of acronyms like HTML, CSS, XML, AJAX, JS, and many others. One day, he will make it so you can refinance your house at an ATM.

Chris Vogth-Eriksen, Web Developer. SMILE XXVII Studios
Chris Vogth-Eriksen, Web Developer. SMILE XXVII Studios

Web Developer

Chris Reid-Eriksen

At age 10, Chris received his first computer, a Tandy 1000SL from Radio Shack. He learned BASIC in middle school. In high school, he took a programming sabbatical to dissect a cat, learn calculus for some unknown reason, and try getting into college. At Hamilton College, he was able to create a few web sites in HTML (2.0 of course), meet his future wife, attend a “few” parties, and manage to graduate with BA in Biology. Today, Chris creates solutions to complex issues using the power of acronyms like HTML, CSS, XML, AJAX, JS, and many others. One day, he will make it so you can refinance your house at an ATM.

Chase R. McCurdy - Photographer / Videographer - SMILE XXVII Studios

Photographer / Videographer

Chase R. McCurdy

Chase R. McCurdy is a fashion and music photographer hailing from Las Vegas, NV with a passion for story telling and capturing raw emotion. He brings a diverse set of experiences to the Smile XXVII team having worked on music videos, reality tv and short films while building his portfolio as a freelance photographer. His love of subject and craft are apparent in his work and demeanor no matter the shoot, as he finds himself continuously in awe with the magic of story telling and being on set.

Photographer / Videographer

Chase R. McCurdy

Chase R. McCurdy is a fashion and music photographer hailing from Las Vegas, NV with a passion for story telling and capturing raw emotion. He brings a diverse set of experiences to the Smile XXVII team having worked on music videos, reality tv and short films while building his portfolio as a freelance photographer. His love of subject and craft are apparent in his work and demeanor no matter the shoot as he finds himself continuously in awe with the magic of story telling and being on set.

Chase R. McCurdy - Photographer / Videographer - SMILE XXVII Studios

Product Packaging Design / Graphic Design

Amber White

Amber has been invested in her creativity from an early age. It all began with her devotion to arts and crafts projects in her youth; now she is developing packaging and branding solutions for some of the most popular brands around. Poised with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Connecticut she has built a professional career working for brands such as MNI, Pepsi Co., Diageo, Sharper Image, Porsche, ING, and Conair, Cuisinart… just to name a few. Her heart also lies in the work she produces for small businesses and start-ups where she invests heavily in establishing their creative mark within their industry with her innovative designs.

Amber White

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