Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille Key.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My story began in 1980 when I was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, where I was raised on Krispy Kreme Donuts and Cheerwine. Fast forward years later… I graduated from the University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in Finance and dove into the financial world, opening up 1st Option Mortgage in 2004. After seven years of being completely stressed on a daily basis dealing with people’s finances, I decided it was time for a life change. I became proficient in web design and development and relocated to Charleston, South Carolina.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that Charleston was a creative melting pot comprised of very talented photographers, clothing designers, artists and musicians. For years I produced large scale events through my new brand, Charleston After Dark, attracting crowds of 1,000 + people at my annual events. We featured tons of creatives and attracted hundreds of people from outside of the state who would travel to join us every year at my New Year’s Eve bash.
Some of my most memorable events are Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Amsterdam with Pilger Designs and a slew of private after parties for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2013 Miami 365 was born and I began living in Miami Beach full time, working with select designers at Miami Swim Week. I would help designers and creatives with their online presence, website, events and runway shows.
Producing events eventually led me into Creative Production for film and TV which is my true passion. I am currently co-producing a commercial with Director Michael Givens and his lovely wife Jedelle, to showcase how families in the US coped with the COVID19 shutdown. We are fortunate to get to work with a team of talented actors from the Michael Givens Acting & Film Institute and an amazing production company in Italy. Through our work, we have been able to maintain a positive attitude during a difficult time and are happy we are able to provide people with hope.
My home life consists of my incredibly talented spouse, Dr. Mark Zhuk, my two bonus kids Asher & Ariya, and our little dogs Benny & Hobie. We live on the water and can be seen wake surfing and paddleboarding on our off days. We love Miami!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Is there ever NOT a struggle? On every project and event I’ve worked on, there’s always a bump in the road. You learn to deal with it, become resilient, power through it and make things even better than you initially expected. From struggles in early childhood life, I was taught to keep moving forward and focus on the future. I believe surrounding myself with successful, positive people has really helped me to succeed in my ventures.
Miami 365 – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Miami 365 is a creative agency. For years we specialized in helping build our client’s presence online, doing everything from website design and development to PR to online marketing. Recently we have morphed into a Creative Production company and are focused primarily on TV and film production. I’m most proud of the fact that this company started in my little apartment in Miami in 2013 and has taken me around the world to work with very special people who I have been able to watch shine while they do what they love. Our more personalized, southern hospitality is definitely what sets us apart from others. We are always there to hold your hand along the way and make it a pleasant experience!
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
One of my proudest moments was receiving the Josh Ratliff Fashion Award from Columbia Fashion Week. Josh was a close friend and co-worker before he passed away. I was honored to receive this honor in his name and will treasure it for life!
- Website: http://mia365.com/
- Phone: 843-405-4794
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miami_365/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamilleKey/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/CHSAfterDark