The Artists Project

LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 21: Actress Brooke Burke poses for portrait with her daughters Sierra, Rain, and Neriah at Brooke Burke Visits The Artists Project on December 21, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)

The Artists Project | COMPANY BIO

About TAP The Artists Project is an LA-based studio which provides emerging artists, mostly actors, with two essential services, free photography sessions and one-on-one mentoring from those who have “made it”, to inspire them and help jump-start their careers.

When Michael Bezjian, founder of TAP, put together photoshoots back in 2014, he observed that celebrities often only used a studio for a short period of time and leave it unused for the rest of the day. Seeing a waste in production and a huge opportunity to help out struggling artists who couldn’t afford costly photography sessions, Michael would book the crew for an entire day and have various artists come in and get the head shots they needed.

This created an environment where artists, both emerging and established, were given a chance to help each other grow professionally through inspiration, motivation and mentorship. Since entertainment press photography is more available to artists who’ve already reached milestones in their careers, TAP and its team of press photographers feature the new artists on entertainment newswire service, giving them access to benefits previously reserved for others. TAP also gives established artists an opportunity to directly help and support emerging artists through one-on-one mentorship sessions.

What TAP Believes In TAP aims to maintain a no-fee studio for all artists and a supportive community of photographers, videographers, publicists, and other creatives. This community recognizes the need for a motivating, inspiring, and non-discriminating environment where new artists can grow more freely without their financial position keeping them from having the basic tools they need.

Photo sessions are made possible by various sponsors and TAP’s portrait activation at major events, including the Emmy Awards which greatly benefited from having TAP as part of their event. Past sponsors include Visual Snow and Foster Grant who had the chance to feature their advocacies, brands, and products in portraits and press shots, ultimately helping them reach the public.

The Brains Behind TAP

For the past 13+ years, Michael has helped a number of emerging photographers get into Getty Images. As a result TAP has a strong contingency of veteran photographers on its team.

Lilly Lawrence - Contributing Press Photographer

Rodin Eckenroth - Contributing Press Photographer

Tasia Wells - Contributing Press Photographer

Greg Doherty - Contributing Press Photographer

Vivien Killilea - Contributing Press Photographer

Orsoya Sierra - Fashion Photographer

Toby Jones - Video Editor

Samiah McCarthy - Photo Editor

Jane Owen - Jane Owen PR - Public Relations

Kevin Osorio - Videographer

Jason Stickler - Videographer

Jade Martinez - Key Makeup

Daniel Gravel - Key Hair

Windi Hammock - Production

Leesha McGuiness - Social Media / Business consultant

Joyce Bezjian - Studio/Office Manager

Michael Bezjian - Founder / Photographer

Charles Winters - Webmaster / Website Maintenance

Tapping Into The Future

TAP aims to activate in more major awards shows and entertainment events in 2018. The organization is also expanding one-on-one mentoring sessions to strengthen ties between artists and have a more productive and efficient support system. Apart from head shots, TAP is also looking to offer video audition taping or “self taping", a move that will surely benefit emerging artists in need of production support.

CUSTOM VISUAL CONTENT CREATION

We specialize in custom visual content, with organic product interaction and high-quality visual media crafted to best fit your brand style.Aside from our in house services, we are also the official photographers of the Mammoth Film Festival, and the Daytime Emmy’s. Our studio is comprised of top press wire services, world-renowned photographers, actors, top influencers, models, content marketers, social media experts, public relations specialists, copywriters, designers, illustrators and animators. No two days are the same here at TAP.

TAP Days are currently being held bi-weekly, although no two days are the same!These days are specifically themed so influencers are properly matched with brands, so that the maximum numbers of digital impressions are achieved. Aside from our in house services, we are also the official photographers of the Mammoth Film Festival, and the Daytime Emmy’s.

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TAP STUDIO IN HOUSE SERVICES

Model Management

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Model Management

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Model Management

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Model Management

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THE ARTISTS PROJECT TEAM

An outstanding group of highly skilled individuals who are dedicated to your success

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Natile Porta
Fashion Designer

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Netson
Photographer

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Chen
Co-Founder

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