Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Andrea.
Andrea Dres of ABC 7: Windy City LIVE
Q: Explain your job position.
A: As a television producer at ABC 7 Chicago’s “Windy City LIVE,” I’m responsible for developing and producing an hour long live entertainment talk show from concept to air every week. Being at the forefront of Chicago’s entertainment scene, I’ve worked closely with and produced high-profile and celebrity guests including Cindy Crawford, Giuliana Rancic, Tyra Banks, Anthony Bourdain, Sir Richard Branson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jim Belushi. From booking segments and writing scripts to preparing guests for their media appearance, I’ve been fortunate enough to work in Chicago’s television production industry for nearly 10 years.
While working on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN, I’ve had national, high-profile exposure by producing at the homes of Ms. Winfrey, Chelsea Handler, and John Legend. I’ve produced backstage moments at the Justin Bieber concert; behind the scenes on the set of “The Voice” with Blake Shelton; and inside the Kroc Center on the south side of Chicago with Jennifer Hudson. A major career highlight was working with Lady Gaga before she became an international star and listening to her perform “Bad Romance” during a closed-set rehearsal.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I’m a voracious reader, avid listener and creative force who travels through life with an open mind. After working on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on OWN, I learned to lead with intention and remain true to my authentic self. My pulse is always on what is happening in Chicago: what’s new, what’s hot, what’s everyone talking about? I’ve built a successful network of relationships with publicists and managers who I work with to further develop show and segment ideas. I’m always on the look-out for the next best local Chicago success story or amazing local suburban organization that’s giving hope to those who need it. I always think, “What’s something I can do that hasn’t been done before? What will make audiences’ jaws drop? How can I raise the bar? How can I do better and be better? How can I make a difference in Chicago?”
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: My family and friends. My parents encouraged me to pursue an extraordinary career path; one that has allowed me to experience once in a lifetime moments that I’ll cherish forever. I’m also inspired by a good story. As a natural storyteller, I’ve learned that we all have a story to tell and a lesson to share no matter where you come from. It’s also rewarding to create meaningful and life-long memories for guests and viewers.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I was raised in the suburbs of Chicago. My first job was at “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at Harpo Studios.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: After working in the TV industry for nearly a decade and winning an Emmy award for my work at ABC 7 Chicago, I’m most influenced by those who I’ve worked with at Harpo Studios and at ABC 7 Chicago. I’ve observed my co-workers over the years and have taken note of their producing styles, their writing skills, and their creative touches. I’ve become who I am today because of my life experiences and working relationships.
Q: What is your experience with Alex?
A: Alex is a bright and shining PR star! I admire her relentless pursuit of booking a good story and nailing down an interview. Our relationship goes back several years when I met her at a restaurant rebranding party! Her quick wit, contagious personality, undeniable talent, and straight-up loyalty secured her a spot on my contact list.