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Jul 18, 2007

About Me

Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Taj Stansberry, 26, has an interest in all things creative; art, architecture, fashion, and photography.  Keeping an open mind, and attempting to find beauty in everything visible, Taj began to photograph some of the Bay Area's roughest parts, connecting with the true character of the neighborhoods and their subjects.  Soon, Taj became eager to explore the world of film a bit more.  In the summer of 2005, Taj began working as a production assistant under acclaimed music video director Anthony Mandler.  Anthony, along with Taj's brother, Bobby Joseph, taught  Taj to be unafraid of his own creative ideas and most importantly, to follow his instincts.  Becoming extremely inspired by Mandler's work and teaching, Taj journeyed back to his home town of Oakland, CA to begin his own directing career.  With a little under two-thousand dollars, a summer's worth of experience, and a natural eye for framing and composition, Taj sought out a local rap phenomenon, The Team.  Offering to fund and direct a music video for The Team,  Taj and The Team collaborated on what would be Taj's first music video production.  Shortly after, Taj's work as a director and cinematic photographer began to gain local attention, soon catching the eyes of Boxfresh Pictures president, Lou Miguel.  In September of 2006, Taj was added to Boxfresh's talented roster of directors and began his professional carrer as a filmmaker, directing videos for Jive / Zomba recording artist, The Pack, Def Jam recording artist Rihanna ("Don't Stop The Music") and Sterling Simms.  In addition, Taj has done videos for artist such as Traxamillion, TVT recording artist, The A'z, SNF Entertainment's, The Gift, as well as commercials for Nike and WB33 Las Vegas. Taj continues to write treatments with a goal in mind to make powerful connections with his viewers, through the talents and character of his subjects.  Among many, Taj aspires to direct videos for Coldplay and Prince.  Keep watching, Taj has a lot more to come.

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Nike (Rockstar Workout) (commercial)
Rihanna ("Don't Stop The Music") Def Jam/ Music Video
Sterling Simms ft. Sean Paul ("Jump Off") Def Jam/ Music Video
The Pack ("I'm Shinin") Jive / Zomba / Music Video
Rockstar Promote Ad Campaign (Photography)
Nikki "The Kenyan" (MTV's "Making the Video") (Photography)