I’m Phil Svitek, a unique blend of creativity, analytical insight, and business acumen. My journey into the world of media remarkably began at the young age of fifteen. Notably, I shot and edited a documentary for the Connecticut Hospice, the very first hospice in America, celebrating 30 years of compassionate care. This documentary aired on ABC and became the top-rated show in its time slot, marking the early stages of my dynamic career.
In high school, I wasn’t just your average student. I excelled both on and off the field, earning the title of “All State” in track and proudly captaining the varsity soccer team. My commitment and tenacity were so exceptional that I inspired the creation of the “Phil Svitek Heart and Hustle Award,” a prestigious accolade still bestowed annually.
College life ushered in new opportunities, including playing for the men’s soccer team at Emerson College under the guidance of Coach Jared Scarpaci. There, I developed strong bonds with teammates, leading to fruitful collaborations. One such collaboration resulted in the creation of a documentary titled Intrepid Descent, focusing on New Hampshire’s back-country skiing at Mt. Washington.
My dedication and filmmaking skills did not go unnoticed, and I was recruited by my film professor, Robert Patton-Spruill, to work on an exciting project during the summer. Over the course of this collaboration, I produced more than 500 videos for Garden Girl TV, a platform dedicated to showcasing gardening and urban sustainable living.
My junior year at Emerson College brought me under the tutelage of Kevin S. Bright, the former executive producer of the iconic show Friends I enthusiastically took on the role of editing the final project for his TV pilot production class, aptly titled Ground Floor. Both Intrepid Descent and Ground Floor received nominations for Emerson College’s prestigious Evvy awards.
My path took an unexpected turn when my teacher, Pete Chvany, introduced me to Maria Menounos, an Emerson College alumna working on a film in the area. My journey with Maria and her partner, Keven Undergaro, began with editing and co-producing the successful indie comedy, Adventures of Serial Buddies.
Following its completion, Undergaro founded AfterBuzz TV, and I was entrusted with running the network day-to-day. This venture marked a pivotal moment in my career as I played a central role in revolutionizing digital production methods.These innovations allowed us to broadcast over 150 weekly shows to online audiences through video and audio formats, resulting in the creation of more than 70,000 individual episodes during my tenure.
Now in my 30s, I’ve continued to diversify my creative pursuits. I’ve ventured into web series, music videos, films (ranging from shorts to feature-length), books, documentaries, podcasts, TV pilots, and more. The list of people, brands, and companies that I get to work with boasts prestigious names, including The Grammys, Goop, Maria Shriver, Wheelhouse, Girl Boss, Yoga Girl, Elise Loehnen, Sex with Emily, Jemele Hill, Revolt TV, DJ Richard Vission, Sweet Taboo, and many others.
Beyond my creative work, I’ve authored a captivating fiction novel titled Elan, Elan and crafted a comprehensive nonfiction coursebook called Master Mental Fortitude, tailored for artists. My passion for storytelling extends to directing, where I’ve helmed two feature films—one set in the bustling streets of downtown Los Angeles and the other against the captivating backdrop of Bogotá, Colombia.
In addition to my creative pursuits, I am honored to serve as a board member for the Financially Fit Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals with practical and heart-centered financial systems. Our mission is to instill confidence and proficiency in managing finances, allowing individuals to save, spend, and succeed without breaking a sweat.
Throughout my journey, I’ve had the privilege of incredible mentors, including renowned figures such as CT’s former Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, CT Senator Joseph Lieberman, “Friends” executive producer Kevin S. Bright, Emmy-winning host Maria Menounos, producer Keven Undergaro, filmmaker Robert Patton-Spruill, wrestling legend Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, kinesiologist Chuck McCaughan, quantum health Dr. Steven Small, and more. These mentors have significantly influenced my growth as a creative professional.
Benefiting from mentorship has ignited my passion for mentoring aspiring artists, sharing the invaluable lessons I’ve learned to smoothen their creative journeys. This desire led me to become a 360 Creative Coach, combining best practices with personal development skills to guide others toward their creative goals.
My journey is far from over, and I believe there’s always more to learn and achieve. If you’re interested in collaborating or learning together, let’s connect and discover how we can work together to bring creative ideas to life.