About the owner:
Village Green Studios is run by me, Jason Sikes. In a field like web design it seems like the work should speak for itself, ya know? Up until now I have never included an “About” page or bio and have just let the work speak for itself. And so far so good!
Except my folks paid a lot of money for me to go to Northwestern University and they’re always asking me why I don’t put that on my website and list all the
interesting places I’ve worked. Sooooo:
I graduated NU in 1986 with a degree in Radio, TV & Film. NU didn’t give “minor” degress but if they had, I would have had one in Fine Art. (I spent mucho time in the silkscreening lab.) The Art Dept. guy, Ed Paschke (pretty famous artist), asked me to switch my major to Fine Art which would have been pretty cool. However, I was interested in being able to support myself at some point, so I declined. It is a personal goal to some day go back to school and get my MFA.
Anyhoo, after working as a gallery represented fine artist and alternative artspace director and other stuff like that, this need to support myself well took hold. I talked my way into a junior marketing exec position at the just launched E! Entertainment Television where I worked a
block up from the famous Hollywood & Vine. Lots of bums and heroin addicts hung out down there back then. None of which were famous.
Made my way over to the struggling, then four-night-a-week, FOX network as a midlevel marketing guy. My office had a view of the gate in the Charlie’s Angels open. Did this for 6-7 years or so and then was given the opportunity to be the Director of Development for Daytime,
Latenight and Alternative Programming. Fancy title for saying I spent a lot of time denying that I had anything to do with The Magic Johnson Show.
That actually grew old pretty fast and I left with a buddy and we sold and
produced a whole mess of TV pilots. None of which made it to air
for various and often bizarre reasons.Took a brief gig (and got my VP stripes) as the head of
programming for the Playboy Channel. I figured it would be
a really interesting life experience. And it was!... So much
so that I left after eight months, chucked my stripes and
vowed that I would never work for The Man again.
(Not Mr. Hefner per se. He was actually a
pretty nice gentleman. I speak more of the
generic “Man.” And I haven’t worked for
I live to be creative and make things. That is what has always driven me. I decided to get back in touch with my inner-artist.
I loaded my family up to beautiful, green, Agoura Hills, California, taught myself web design and suddenly everything started going my way. There must be some truth to that whole “follow your bliss” business.
If you’ve read this far I would like to know where you found the time.
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