Curious who’s hanging out behind the scenes at creativeLIVE? Every week, in addition to profiling our incredible students, we also feature one of our brilliant co-workers in our staff profile series. From producers to editors to product engineers we are going to introduce you to the hardworking team that makes creativeLIVE’s clock tick.

At creativeLIVE, we frequently air over 28 learning hours in a single day using each of our four studios.  Throw in our YouTube clips and promo reels — and that adds up to a ridiculous amount of video footage! Today, we want to introduce you to the woman responsible for making sure all of that content is edited and uploaded to our site. Meet Managing Post Production Supervisor Chelsea Patthoff.

What do you do at creativeLIVE?

I am the Managing Post Production Supervisor. I work with the production, marketing, and engineering teams to make sure every video gets the proper creative and technical treatment before they are uploaded to our site.

What inspired you to go into production?


I originally wanted to be a Broadcast Journalist, but quickly learned that I loved being behind the camera more than in front of it. Also, I never had the voluminous hair of an anchor. Here at creativeLIVE, I get a great balance of creative production and live broadcast!

Why is your job hard/fun/ rewarding?

Post Production plays a role in every workshop — from our promotional videos through the live broadcast and beyond. As the company grows, there are more and more videos being created daily. I am fortunate enough that I get to work closely with almost every team at creativeLIVE and see how incredibly focused and talented everyone is. The reward has been watching this company grow while keeping its fun yet hard working atmosphere!

What did you study in school?

I switched from Architecture to Journalism and ended in Electronic Media before figuring out that I was learning more through working in the field. At that point, I graduated early to move to NYC as a freelancer.

What was your first job and where else did you work before cL? 

Circus Hat

My first job was scooping ice cream at a small town creamery in West Virginia. More recently, I’ve worked in production for TV shows like Hoarders and as the video producer for Disney on Ice. I also ran away to join the Ringling Brothers circus as their full time producer and part time bearded lady.

Do you have creative hobbies?

I like to document and turn all my snowboarding adventures, road trips, and vacations into highlight video reels. I’m always trying to get to a new place or hike to a different peak so I can get a cool shot and experience something unique 🙂

Who or what inspires you in your creative endeavors?

Travel and adventure have always inspired me to be creative and take chances. And the sappy but honest answer is my fiance’ inspires me every day with his art. I love seeing how he views the world technically and artistically.

Who is your favorite cL teacher and why?

It’s between Brooke Shaden and Corey Rich. Brooke’s imagination inspires me to just create. Her style of teaching makes even your largest dream seem like an accomplishable task. Corey’s class just made me want to get out and travel more. He gave me new ideas on how to capture my own experiences and how to capture them from a unique point of view.

If you were a creativeLIVE instructor, what would you teach?

Mastering the Art of Karaoke. How to choose an appropriate and crowd pleasing karaoke song that makes you 50% embarrassed and 50% life of the party.

What’s the strangest/most awesome thing you’ve ever done in a job?

Directing elephants and tigers on set while working with the circus was amazing. But I think learning how to properly shop for bacon with Paula Dean while on a commercial shoot takes the cake for strangest!

Where do you see education going in the future?

Education is always going to be one of the most important parts of society. I think technology will continue to make learning easier, accessible and more of a community process. It will allow people to not only get answers quickly but to work and communicate with people who have the same interests and challenges that they face. I’m excited to see how it evolves!

What’s your favorite family tradition?

My dad is the smartest and most adventurous man I know. Not an “intentional” tradition but he always manages to give us a good story after every vacation. Example: stranding us on the remote side of an island after swimming in the ocean with the rental car keys in the swim trunks with a hole in the pocket. He always manages to get us home safe and make us laugh a long the way 🙂

Most life-changing (non-creativeLIVE) class you’ve ever taken?

Show Choir. A part from the essential jazz hands and facial expressions that get me through every day as an adult…it was the first class that really showed me how working as a team can create something.

photo courtesy of Kate Hailey

What do you do with cLers outside the office?

Find more awesome red heads who want to work with an amazing company and/or convert other cLers to the ginger side.