David Wooddell: Inclusivity in Tampa and the Importance of Asking Questions

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David Wooddell is the Creative Director at Barbizon USA, a company that’s been a driving force in the modeling and acting industry for more than 80 years and aims to help young people gain confidence and develop life skills.

As the Creative Director, David plays a major role in building brand awareness through the creation of strategic marketing campaigns (digital and print), event planning, graphic design, the creation of a custom online platform because of COVID-19 that mirrors its in-person class functions, and much more. 

With over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry and a current position that requires adaptability, creativity, and versatility, we were excited to interview David Wooddell. 


What’s your favorite part of your job?

My absolute favorite part of my job is being able to see the success that comes from our nationwide events. My team and I plan, sell, and produce these events and work many sleepless nights to create a unique experience for kids and teens that are looking to get started in the entertainment industry. There’s no greater payout than seeing our clients sign with an industry pro and go forward to book some pretty amazing jobs.

How do you pull yourself out of the inevitable creative rut?

When I find myself in a creative rut, I take a step back, chug some Buddy Brew cold brew and listen to a podcast or relaxing playlist on Spotify. Generally, I’ll have a notebook and jot down what comes to mind. That really helps take me out of the creative rut. 

If you could give only one piece of career advice to someone who’s just starting out, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. I found myself time and time again not wanting to look like a fool asking questions but quickly learned that it’s so beneficial. If you don’t understand something or need clarification…ask. Leadership is there to help groom and develop you professionally. 

What do you love most about Tampa?

I love that Tampa is so inclusive. This city is growing at a rapid pace and has something for everyone. Recently, I was elected to the board of directors as special events chair at Balance Tampa Bay, an LGBTA non-profit. I’m excited to help create even more opportunities to bring us all together. Oh, and not to mention, Tampa has a really diverse culinary landscape.

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