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Meet Brian Kelly of Brooklyn Art Dept. in Golden Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Kelly.

Brian, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Brian Kelly, I am a one man company specializing in the creation of presentational renderings for use in event proposals for destination management companies. Based in San Diego, I whip up sketches for clients such as Hello Las Vegas (and its sister branches in Florida, Arizona, Texas and DC), 360 Destination Group nationwide, Sky Events in LA and several event producers here in San Diego. I evolved to this specialty from a career based in designed scenery for the theater which led to television in New York. Please, projects include five years with the oldest Yiddish theater in America, Jim Henson’s Muppets, Macy’s 34th St. windows, and a Rolling Stones video. One day I was contacted by famed event guru Preston Bailey who was looking for someone with that background, I stayed with Preston for five years serving on his design staff as the rendering artist. I have since relocated to California where I worked for various event companies and ultimately became freelance working for many such companies. For more info on my past endeavors please visit my other website at

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
What career is sort of like the old cartoons with someone would be walking blindfolded on the moving beams of a skyscraper under construction. I would blindly step off one and on to another.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Brooklyn Art Dept. story. Tell us more about the business.
There are not too many people that do exactly what I do so I find myself in a very niche business . I specialize in making detailed renderings corporate events all over the country but mostly in Vegas . Because I work at home I have the freedom to live anywhere I want .

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’ve had mostly good luck in my career as I have been able to make a living as an artist my entire life . I will only been in employee of a company for only about two weeks in 60 years .


  • My pricing is based on the end client of the product I produce but I usually charge about $30-$40 an hour

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