MEET OUR TEAM
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Camera Ambassador was founded in 2014 by artists Brandon Werlin & Erica Duffy. Their vision was to create an environment where all art forms could come together and in doing so that all would be elevated. Since its inception, Camera Ambassador has grown into a vibrant community of creators. While supporting clients through equipment rentals is our main focus, Camera Ambassador is much more than that. We offer monthly workshops & feedback sessions, host screenings, promote filmmakers, and fund the annual Community Builders Grant. We love getting to know our clients and supporting them in all areas of development and creation. When walking into the shop, you can often be greeted by the shop dog, met with a warm smile, and take a moment to kick back at our snack bar before prepping your rental.
Meet Our Core Team
Our core team members are the nuts and bolts that make Camera Ambassador possible! Each team member has unique and diverse skills that bring a special and welcoming vibe to the Camera Ambassador studio.
Erica Duffy, Managing Partner
Erica Duffy is the mama bear of the whole operation. Erica loves connecting with clients, collaborators, and people alike. She is very active in the Chicago film community and recently accepted the role as Executive Director of The Midwest Film Festival. Along with being an aerial yoga enthusiast, she is an incredible trip planner and was likely a world renowned travel agent in a former life.
Ellen Partain, Rentals Manager
Ellen is the smiling face and warm voice of Camera Ambassador. She’s a master organizer who loves to help clients find the best combination of gear within their budget. When she's not at Camera Ambassador, she enjoys arts of many mediums including drawing, painting, designing handmade cards, and decorating.
Eric Silver, Lead Tech
Hailing from Philadelphia with the mane of an angel, Eric is the Tech Lead at Camera Ambassador. When he's not breaking a sweat in the tech department, he works as a Movi Operator and Camera Assistant. Eric spends his free time photographing his life in the city and capturing much needed headshots of his cat, Luna.
Jordan Graves, Sales Manager
Jordan joined the team at Camera Ambassador nearly 5 years ago and runs the sales department. When he isn’t slinging cameras and camera accessories, he’s busy being the Owner/Business Director of Talus Films, a Chicago based production company specializing in short films, music videos, and commercial work. Jordan is also an Eagle Scout who loves backpacking and camping.
Austin Taylor, Creative Director
Gimbal guru, Movi Maniac, Stabilizer Stud: Austin is a man with many skills. He started out with Camera Ambassador as a tech, but with his keen eye for design, he started working in the marketing department and is now the Creative Director. Additionally, he runs his business Midwest Movi. In his free time, Austin enjoys cooking and playing music.
Dominique Chestand, Head of Marketing
Relatively new to the film world, Dominique has worked as an artist, educator, and arts administrator for organizations such as Young Chicago Authors, the Danish Arts Council, the Los Angeles Dance Project, the Chicago Park District, Redmoon Theater and Adventure Stage. In 2018, Dominique began working as a crew member for indie film productions. Since then, she has worked as a 1st and 2nd AD, Production Assistant, and Production Coordinator.
Meet Our Day Players
Camera Ambassador is proud to support and collaborate with some of Chicago's finest filmmakers. Our day players work with us in the shop and out in the field. They save the day when we need extra hands and represent Camera Ambassador on a daily basis.
Meet Our Current Interns
Camera Ambassador is proud to facilitate an environment that fosters professional and personal growth. We partner with many local schools to offer college credit. In addition to our core curriculum, we customize each internship based upon the individuals goals, interests, and skills.