BIOGRAPHY: Director and Photographer Michael William-Paul is an artist who’s vision and work has earned him a reputation among his contemporaries as a creative professional, an insightful entrepreneur, and a dedicated humanitarian.
His director approach is original and authentic. His ability to recognize and respect individual talent inspires synergy that enhances the quality of the work., resulting in an emotion which bridges a true connection between the characters and the audience. A Director with a keen eye for new talent, he has supported early career development of young artists who have become paramount in the creative industry today. He has worked with worldwide “A” list celebrities, while receiving commissions from dignitaries of high statures in government and business.
At an early point in his career, Michael was hired as the portrait photographer for North America’s leading Women’s Lecture Series “Unique Lives and Experiences”. This job led to an ongoing collection of portraiture photography, inspiring his series of portraits of the worlds most distinguished and influential women of our time. He has worked with and been influenced by Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLain, Erin Brockovich, Isabella Rossellini, Maya Angelou, and Teraji P. Henson to name a few.
Michael’s fashion photography both editorial and advertising has been published in international magazines which include: Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Town and Country, Flare, Wedding Bells, Today’s Bride, Arise, Idoll Magazine, and The New York Times Photograph out-takes from MWP’s editorial in Arise Magazine empowering three African super models, (Hawa, Nana and Sonia) were chosen for the special edition book publication “New African Fashion“.
Michael’s work is primarily focused on producing and working as a director. However he has also spent time in front of the camera. He has co-starred in the popular internationally syndicated Canadian TV series “In Your Space” playing himself as the “handy man” in a 23 episodes. He has also contributed to guest appearances for E Network Television Shows and VH1. These experiences have influenced his respect and appreciation for the craft of the performer in front of the camera and the director behind.
Perhaps his greatest motivation to create is inspired through such achievements as his dedicated and ongoing political, philanthropic and humanitarian ventures. His name and work is highly regarded in an extensive client list of elevated government officials, which have led to elite coverage and assignments, from directing the stage for International Forums and World Summits, to commissioned portrait work throughout the world, covering Heads of State including the President of the United States Barak Obama. In 2013 he represented his International non-profit organization Universal Models for Peace (UMP) when invited to Chair the panel for the 1st ever Fashion World Forum at the United Nations Headquarters on International Womens Day with moderator and fashion icon Fern Malis and Carloyn Hardy of UN Women.
His documented and distinguished credibility in the international community and throughout the United Nations has helped to shape a frontier of issues pertaining to advancing the previous Millennium Development Goals, and the post development agenda or the Global Goals for Sustainability. As Founder of Universal Models for Peace (UMP), and the (MAP) Model Ambassador Program, his humanitarian projects continue to have a wide reach.
Recognized for his achievements Michael was honored with the distinguished Zambrano Foundation Award “Defender of Democracy” which he accepted on behalf of his non profit group UMP in Feb. 2016 in Miami Florida during the Presidential High-Level Reception of the Cumbre Latino Americana Event. He celebrated alongside other distinguished recipients former President of Mexico H.E. Vincent Fox, and the Mayor of Medellin Columbia Federico Gutierrez Zuluaga.
Michael is is based in New York City and Miami Beach Florida, but available for International Projects and Select Assignments.
Michael Was just nominated on the board of directors for “Rattle the Cage Productions” An award winning Film and Production Company focused on Animal and Wildlife Welfare and Environmental Conservation.
He is currently working on a Portrait Book a collection of his Women Portraits, and is also signed up to Produce the Media and TV for the 2017 British Virgin Islands Fashion Week, the popular Summer Sizzle Event hosted by Teraji P. Henson and Nigel Barker
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