|Electronic Hollywood / Jaime Levy Press From 1990 - 2000|
I.D.: Jaime Levy.|
Born: Hollywood, California. March 8, 1966.
Base: New York.
Dirt: Co-founder and former creative director of pioneering online magazine Word. Has designed interfaces for everything from a Viacom video-on-demand prototype to an Aerosmith CD-ROM. In 1993 produced an interactive multimedia novel before everyone else got the same idea. Created an online adventure game (www.malicepalace.com) using "30 grand I bummed off Samsung." Last spring she formed Electronic Hollywood, an online production studio.
Motto: To enable my clients by building world-class client server Web applications. (Oops, that's my corporate mission statement).
Stolen Motto: Come as you are.
Role Model: Jaime Sommers, The Bionic Woman. She has a kewl name. She has superpowers. She represents good fighting evil.
Best Decision: Moving to New York City. California has no edge, and it's doomed to fall into the ocean.
Worst Decision: Going to the prom.
Trick of the Trade: Use the words "alive" and "dynamic" as much as possible.
Inspirational Book: High Rise, by J.G. Ballard. Because it is a yuppie nightmare set in the not-too-distant future.
Inspirational Movie: A Clockwork Orange-I like the combination of sex violence and sardonic wit.
Inspirational Painter: Andy Warhol, because he's the greatest rip-off artist.
Lowest Point: My first day of snowboarding, and sucking at it. After years of skateboarding, I thought it would be a breeze.
Highest Point: Getting laid off from IBM with six months' severance pay within days of the release of the first Web browser. Greatest Obstacle: Fear of success.
Most Rewarding Aspect of Career: Keeping up with the latest technologies for animation, programming and interactivity. Least Rewarding Aspect of Career: Stress and bandwith limitations. Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: D.I.Y!!! And if you can't figure it out yourself, try viewing the source code or dating programers. For women: If you're going to be a bitch, be a cute and fearless bitch. Ways to Inspire Creativity: I'm always seeing new flicks and buying new music. Martin Scorcese has always been a fine source of inspiration. Ways to Hinder Creativity: You can only feel sorry for yourself for about a year, and then it's time to reinvent yourself and move on.
Future Projects: Preparing to launch Cyberslacker (www.cyberslacker.com), a Web cartoon about a New York hacker girl. Working on an online anti-glue-sniffing campaign for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.