Guru Spotlight: Project Manager Andrew Scherr
You’ve produced and managed several multimedia museum installations. What do you like about working in the museum space?
I love having the opportunity to learn about different disciplines and explore topics that I may never have otherwise pursued. Every single project introduces me to something new, which never gets old.
What is your favorite multimedia project you’ve worked on?
That’s a tough one. It’s like asking someone to pick their favorite child.
If I absolutely had to pick one it would be producing all of the media for the Indianapolis Zoo’s Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. Working with animals is like chicken soup for the soul. Especially orangutans. I also had the privilege of working with the amazing Indy Zoo staff, which was lots of fun.
Before museums, you produced content for cable networks including Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Animal Planet. What was an episode or show you’ll never forget creating?
I produced a lot of different content that covered everything from spotlighting some of the world’s most incredible engineering feats to the rise of non-denominational mega churches in the early 2000’s.
Of all the topics I covered, the most memorable was travelling to Suwon, South Korea for the Travel Channel to do a piece on the city’s late Mayor Sim Jae Duck. Duck was better known as “Mr. Toilet” because as Mayor he made water sanitation and sanitary public restrooms his highest priority. He turned the city’s notoriously filthy public restrooms into pristine sanctuaries and built a million dollar house shaped like a giant toilet! You just don’t forget stories like that.
How did you get into project management?
I’ve always loved storytelling and finding new, exciting ways to engage an audience. I started my career as a creative, writing for magazines and TV. At some point I realized that I while I loved creative process and making things, I was most excited about making things happen. From there I went from being a writer to a producer and eventually I had the opportunity to move from TV to multimedia production for museums and other venues.
This required a much broader skillset that involved my knowledge of video production as well as many other disciplines. More than anything, it required developing refined project management techniques that can be applied to guiding teams to produce quality products.
Project Management is a track that is forever challenging and engaging. I don’t think I will ever tire of working with exceptional teams to create mind blowing experiences.
What is your favorite part about being part of the Guru team so far?
My favorite part about being part of the Guru team is getting to work with the other members of the Guru team. It’s a rare privilege to work with a group of such intelligent, talented, and motivated people who are all committed to achieving the same goal.
The team produces amazing, cutting-edge products that I believe will revolutionize the way future generations experience museums and other attractions. Getting to be a contributing member of such a unique and dynamic group is pretty cool.
Album you played on repeat when you were 16:
Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest
Most exotic place you’ve traveled to:
Chiang Mai, Thailand
What do you like to do when you aren’t project managing like a boss?
I love travel, film and television, yoga, reading, golf, and food.
But those are all second to my favorite hobby, which is spending time with my wife and two sons.