Photography and writing shapes Michele McManmon’s life. As a University of Illinois at Chicago photography major, Michele honed her passion, yet switched gears to collect her BA with a 4.0 GPA in Screenwriting from Columbia College Chicago. Winning 1st place in Columbia’s Written Image Awards for the first feature screenplay she ever penned, she headed to the land of golden dreams…Los Angeles.
The warm surf kissed sand at Venice Beach sharply contrasted the music scene of the Sunset Strip, yet in 2010, Michele was offered a music journalism opportunity from a beach publication. Her entrepreneurial spirit shining, she built from the ground up a plethora of freelance experiences with just a laptop and camera in hand. Within 6 months, she went from the local LA Indie Music Examiner to be promoted to National Music Examiner.
Now her work expands into art, beauty, travel, events, and lifestyles content with Guardian, Thrillist, Playboy, Esquire, LA Weekly, Palm Springs Life Magazine and more publications. Viral interviews with Eddie Murphy for Playboy and Kenny Rogers for Guardian produced cites by Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Her Lollapalooza article for Crain’s Business Chicago landed her an interview on WGN News Radio.
Her unique photography caught the attention of clients Viacom/Paramount and Sony. In 2013 Michele photographed the LA Indie Music scene for Sony’s 818 Project , exhibited at the Sony Store Glendale. Her Rock, Travel and Event photography was featured in “Best of 2014” LA Weekly. Photographer Forum’s “Best Of 2015” Book featured her legendary Coachella image.
Art exhibitions in San Francisco, LA, Chicago and Oregon showcase Michele’s photography work. LA’s Duncan Miller Gallery sells an exclusive fine art edition of “Footprints” while unique Chris Cornell and PJ Harvey framed prints sell exclusively at Amoeba Music, Hollywood.
A love of design led Michele to begin her own Beverly Hills jewelry business in 2008, Domino Designs, which is now integrated into her “artz” business.
Whether it’s writing, photography, or designing jewelry, it’s all one creative vision…Domino Artz.