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Jeff Madoff is the founder and CEO of Madoff Productions, which produces commercials and other branded video content for ad agencies, public relations firms and private clients. Some of these clients have included: Victoria Secret, Ralph Lauren, and Tiffany. Jeff is also a professor at Parsons School of Design where he teaches a course he developed called “Creative Careers,” where he explores how students can be successful in creative careers. He is also the author of Creative Careers: Making a Living With Your Ideas, which is based on the class. Early in his career Jeff was involved in the fashion world and was chosen as one of the top 10 young designers in the U.S. His most recent project is his play “Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical,” which will premiere in 2022. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • Why it’s important to understand your motivation to build a successful creative career (6:06)
  • How Jeff got into fashion after not studying it in college (10:30)
  • How did Jeff make the transition from working and living in Wisconsin to NYC (17:00)
  • Why it’s important to look at the opportunities around you when starting a business (20:30)
  • How Jeff switched gears and entered the film business (25:50)
  • How Jeff began working with Ralph Lauren (30:00)
  • Why you don’t have to be artistic to have a creative career (35:40)
  • How to deal with professional setbacks often out of your control (44:00)
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