Julie Simpson
Writer/Creator
Executive Producer

Growing up in Utah Julie's Mom and her would make up stories to tell their friends. She was always encouraged to use her imagination and her natural humor to entertain. Julie has always loved making people laugh and helping them to see things in ways they never thought of before. From a very young age she knew she wanted to work in the entertainment business, so when it was time to go to college she of course moved to to Los Angeles and got her B.A. in Theater. After graduation Julie became a stage manager, a set designer, and a director. Her dream was always to write and film the stories in her head, now through kickstarter Julie has that chance. Through A.S.K. she can entertain and show the audience that, sometimes good can come from bad and joy from pain. Laughter can open up closed minds and hearts in ways that nothing else can. Julie feels this project will not only give people something to laugh at but make them think about things in ways they never thought of. Julia has assembled a great production team and a phenomenal cast. All she needs is the money to make it happen.

Regine Richards
Assistant Director

Regine Richards moved to Los Angeles from Paris, France, in 2000, where she attended a renowned theater school. Before she went into film-making she earned a BA in Creative Writing and Journalism from Cal State Long Beach. The first short film she wrote and directed "Some Things Are Worse Than Being Gay" was selected at twenty five film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. 

She has worked as an Assistant Director abroad on television commercials, many involving children. For the past five years, she has been working as a 1st Assistant Director in Los Angeles on short films, feature films and music videos while concurrently focusing on her own scripts. 

Steve Ducey
Associate Producer
Set Director

Born in New Jersey and raised in Kansas, Steve Ducey has been involved in the performing arts since his first grade production of "The Mice from Outer Space".  After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, Steve moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.  He started as a production assistant on Fox's MADTV then spent 3 seasons in the Art Department on NBC's Parenthood. He is currently a writer, actor, director and producer from the sketch comedy collective Nightpantz. Though acting is his first love, he is thrilled to be a part of the A.S.K. production team and helping to bring this unique story to life.  

Ryan Meyer
Director of photography
Producer

Ryan Meyer is originally from Miami, FL and grew up in New York City. He began working in arts and entertainment at a young age – doing everything from lighting to photography, stage-managing, set-design and building. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany with degrees in both in Theater and Philosophy.

 

Upon graduating college, Ryan was hired by international fashion guru Christian Lacroix to work in his New York offices, organizing and coordinating major fashion shows and events. It was during that time Ryan began to experiment with his own art and design techniques, including photography, art, clothing and graphic design.

 

With the need to continuously produce art, Ryan started a theatre company in New York City and successfully produced a number of plays, musicals and performance art pieces. This eventually led to additional work in and TV and film. After getting a taste of what Hollywood had to offer, Ryan decided to “raise the bar” and moved to Los Angeles.

 

He started out as a photographer and was hired by various bands including George Clinton, Otep, Mary Mary, Ray Jay and Ciara to photograph performances and aid with publicity efforts. He also gained work handling product shots. It wasn’t long before he got his first job on a major motion picture.

 

 

Jef Joslin
Composer

Growing up in the Appalachian mountains of Johnson City, TN, Jef transfered to Murfreesboro, TN to pursue a childhood dream of making music. Studying audio engineering and music production, he played the Nashville club scene and developed his lyrical sense and studio chops in the songwriting capital.  He taught himself to play guitar, bass, keys and drums heavily during those years.

 

After 5 years in middle TN, he made the transition to Atlanta, GA and very quickly caught the attention of manager Brian Richardson of B.o.B and Playboy Tre fame. Richardson took him under his wing, putting him to work with Grand Hustle producers and writers and setting up live performances that included a six month residency at Atlanta’s Smiths Olde Bar and an opening slot for Janelle Monae, Wiz Khalifa and B.o.B at SXSW’s Atlantic Records showcase in Austin, TX in 2011.

 

Eventually, a lifelong dream of living on the west coast began on January 1st of 2012. He played the LA and South Bay club scene, Joslin spent his time auditioning for NBC’s four famed coaches on The Voice, acting in a national Budweiser commercial featuring Jay-Z, and a lead role in Panasonic’s “GENESIS,” a short film showcasing their new GH3 camera. In November of 2012, he opened 222 Studios, "LA's Most Laid Back Recording Studio," and went to work on his first full length album, For Your Eyes Only, an amalgamation of epic, mega hook-driven pop songs drenched in Joslin’s signature soul sound, which he released in November 2013.  

 

Now in Venice Beach, on any given day you can find him serenading drifters along the Venice boardwalk - playing songs from his latest release, Come Out West. The albus is a blend of Stevie Wonder’s Motown groove, dripping with Brian Wilson-esque harmonic arrangements, where Jef has encapsulated the feel good, California sunshine music he always dreamed of making.

Lara Thomas Ducey
Associate Producer

Lara likes to work. Perhaps it's her midwest values or just an inner motor that doesn't know when to quit. Either way -  Lara moved out to Los Angeles to work and has yet to look back. What has she done with her time? She's acted in sereral dramatic and comedic plays, films, and commercials - in addition to writing, producing and performing in a lot of sketch comedy. She is way stoked to be a part of A.S.K. Since she loves to  juggle several projects at once - she is  looking for that next awesome opportunity to meet new people and make some incredible work - she can't wait to speak with you about that next project - unless it has clowns. She doesn't do clowns.

Katie Marquardt
Hair & Make-Up Artist
Wardrobe Supervisor

Katie Betian is a native of LA and has been a freelance makeup artist and esthetician for the last 10 years, working in TV, film, editorial and special events.  Her company has beautified many through Southern California and beyond.  She has her BFA in Theatre Arts from LMU, where she started in the business as a singer and actress.  Currently, she resides in Oceanside, CA where she is a Production Manager of a theatre managing productions of all sorts and occasionally getting the chance to direct and act in some of the productions.  She is the resident makeup and hair designer for the adult and youth program and loves that she can use her degree and artistry in one place.

David DeAngelis
Sound Technician

David graduated from Full Sail University with an A.S. in the Recording Arts. He spent the last several years in Boston, where he was working as a 2nd engineer at a recording studio. Since moving to L.A he has found a new home for his love of all things sound in the film industry. In addition to being an engineer, he also composes and produces music and is a drummer.

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