About Jim Olen

Jim Olen started his post-production career at Editel/Chicago.  While there, he learned every aspect of the industry by working in production, audio, graphics, editing, and client services.  A move to the sales department not only produced record revenues, but instilled an entrepreneurial spirit that has endured.  In 1996, with two partners, he opened the music production company The Rhythm Cafe, which quickly grew to become one of the most respected shops in the Midwest.  As President and Executive Producer, Jim’s skill set expanded to include accounting, human resources, and marketing.   He successfully produced music campaigns for The Oprah Winfrey Show, HBO, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, and Gatorade.  Creatively, the Rhythm Cafe’s projects ranged from an eighty-piece orchestra in Prague, to a marching band in Los Angeles, a hip-hop track in New York, and countless other styles and tracks out of the Chicago studio.  Jim has often been referenced as a professional conduit, connecting the dots between a client that has a need, with a vendor, artist, or individual who can make that need a reality. Jim closed The Rhythm Cafe in 2011 and started Creative Arts Consulting.  The focus of this consulting offering is to marry the left brain to the right brain of creative entrepreneurs. Jim helps small shops by developing marketing strategies, performing CFO services, offering strategic management advice, and building new revenue streams for owners and creative individuals who like to keep their focus on their clients and craft. Jim currently serves as Creative Director/Director of Branded Entertainment for New Chapter Entertainment, where he takes his passion for connecting the dots to another, by matching forward-thinking brands with high-quality, entertaining content.

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