Robin Friend Stift
Hey, I’m Robin, I’m a professional actor and gymnast (aka freelancer), living and working in NYC.
As a freelancer in one of the most competitive markets in the world, I’ve learned through necessity to be on the cutting edge of personal branding and digital marketing.
I took these skills and ran with them, developing marketing materials and campaigns for small to medium size businesses in NYC and across the US.
The tools are always different, but as an actor and a creative artist, I always strive to remain grounded in clear communication and compelling storytelling. I like making videos because they’re more interesting and they’re more fun. They’re also, by far, the most valuable tool we have when marketing our businesses. To be on the cutting edge of video marketing is to be on the cutting edge of storytelling.
I met Nina (and Clock Wise by proxy) in late summer of 2017 and was immediately attracted to her commitment to providing value to small business owners and non-profits, and the innovative ways she was going about it.
I’m delighted to be on the Clock Wise team, amazed at what we’ve created together so far, and excited about what we’re creating for the future.
At age seven, I wrote and illustrated my first book. As far as I remember, the story was about a princess in distress, a knight, and a horse. A modest profit was achieved as the limited and signed edition of ten was sponsored with a parental grant and sold at fifty cents apiece. Today the book remains out of print.
I’ve seen it all from the early days on independent features, to big national TV commercials, corporate mega-shows and many documentary films, including one I wrote, directed, and produced about Muslim kids in New York, called Abraham’s Children. In short, there’s no film- and video- production scenario I haven’t taken care of.
Along the journey, I’ve met many, many awesomely wonderful people and a few bad-asses. All of them worth great stories.
I’ve worked with stars like Sophia Loren, John Malkovich, and Wynton Marsalis, I’ve interviewed fortune 500 CEO’s, I’ve worked on Emmy award-winning and Emmy-nominated documentaries, and produced hundreds of videos for uber-corporate shows.
I’ve negotiated with teamsters, clients (big and small), actors, crew, children, police officers, a few dogs, and one snake.
On a personal note, I’m a sports-nut – the kind that goes outdoors every moment possible. I bike, hike, swim, ski (all of it – down, cross, classic, and skate). And I walk a lot – Central Park is my back yard and I know (nearly) every inch of it.
I love reading – fiction as well as non-fiction, cooking and sharing meals with friends and family. I still have very close ties to my posse in Switzerland where I was born and raised. I’ve lived in Harlem for 15 years, and since April 2011 I’m a proud owner of an American passport.
Fall of 2017 I finally, finally got a dog. He’s tiny – a so-called Dorkie (Dachshund, Yorkie-mix), but he – of course – doesn’t know that. He has his own Instagram feed – of course – @TiggerFroriep and he’s the cutest dog ever.
- For a look at Clock Wise’s corporate video work – Check out our LEGACY WORK on this YouTube Playlist
- For more reading on video marketing trends and video marketing for small business: Hit Nina’s All-You-Can-Implement Video Marketing Blog!