Race to BE Finalist Ryan Pickett
Chelsea Grieco @C_Grieco
District of Columbia
Jun 13, 2012
Four years ago, Ryan Pickett was among a handful of creative young entrepreneurs competing in The Race to BE as part of the first-ever Global Entrepreneurship Week. A finalist in the filmmaking portion of the competition in Los Angeles, Pickett didn’t take home the grand prize, but he wasn’t deterred from pursuing his passion.
Last week, Pickett was again recognized for his talents in filmmaking at this year’s 2012 (II) Los Angeles Movie Awards—celebrating Independent Motion Pictures and the literary arts. His short film ‘Look’, was the recipient of two awards in the Student Category—the Award of Excellence as well as Best Original Score, created by musician, Deepack Ramapriyan.
‘Look’ had previously won an Award of Merit in the Accolade Competition, Award of Merit in the Best Shorts Competition, Gold Award in the California Film Awards and a Silver Lei Award in the Honolulu Film Awards.
In 2008, multimedia mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons hosted The Race to BE. The main goal of The Race was to encourage young people to think of entrepreneurship in a typically unconventional way. It focused on artistic entrepreneurial skills that included, endeavors in music, fashion, and privy to Pickett, film.
Pickett was a Race to BE finalist, beating out hundreds of young entrepreneurs from over 22 states across the nation.
Pickett has been in the entertainment business for more than ten years; working as an actor, film director, and in other various positions such as the Manager of Worldwide Distribution at Playboy Enterprises and Vault Librarian at Ascent Media.