Creative production company Where The Buffalo Roam (WTBR) has signed Azsa West for representation as a director.
“We love Azsa’s sensibility, heart, and dedication to her work,” said Tim Pries, WTBR co-founder and executive producer in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier to have her join the family.”
“The Where the Buffalo Roam team has created a truly welcoming space where people can show up and be their most authentic selves—something that is very important to me,” said West, also in a statement. “This type of environment is crucial to creating great work, so I’m excited to be their new friend.”
West is also a creative director at advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy in Portland where she oversees work for Nike, Disney, Google, Shiseido, Beautiful People and other clients. While at W+K, she’s led creative out of four of the agency’s global offices. She also worked briefly as an entertainment marketing agent at CAA in Hollywood.
She studied photography and illustration at California College of Arts before transferring to W+K 12, Wieden + Kennedy’s experimental school, with an emphasis on film, ideation, art direction, and writing. West’s drawings have been published into a book called “Nature Study on Lonesome Island.” She also has exhibited work at galleries and venues in Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Portland, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney.
As a queer-identified person of color, West strives to create films in the spirit of authenticity and experimentation.
“I’ve always been interested in how visual expression can elevate your message,” said West. “Creating work for underrepresented communities is especially exciting for me. It’s an opportunity to bring my point of view into that space; one that’s very personal for me.”