Get to know me.

Get to know me.

About me

I am Michael Cannova – creative guru, bright light in any room and all smiles for a good challenge. I love finding projects that challenge me and take my creativity in new directions.

I have an extensive history in successful art direction, branding, content creation and product launches.

When I'm not making ads, you can find me writing music, hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains, pretending I'm not in my 40s at the Malibu Skate Park, icing and heating after visiting said park, reading as many books as possible, learning new skills, honing my talents, volunteering, and bowling on Tuesday nights. Most importantly, I spend quality time with my wife and pup.


2016 – Present
Freelance Creative Director
Clients: Ramen Toy, Thorn, H&M, Numilk, ShopThat, Maybelline, Macallan, Twitch, Solbeso, Lisa Loeb, Nuxeo, C3 Brooklyn, Juliska, Fyllan, EZ-GO, Keith Shocklee, Universal Music and Sirius Entertainment

2010 – 2016
Creative Director @ McGarry Bowen
Clients: Verizon, Droid, Apple, Disney, Lucasfilm, Microsoft, Chase, Crayola, Maserati, Motorola, Canada Dry and Intel

2008 – 2010
Associate Creative Director @ McGarry Bowen
Clients: Verizon, Droid, Apple, Lucasfilm, Microsoft, Samsung, Sharp, Above the Influence, Motorola and HP

2006 – 2008
Art Director @ McGarry Bowen
Clients: Reebok, Chase, US Olympic Committee, Marriott Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, Courtyard Hotels, Springhill Suites, Fairfield Hotels, Residence Inn and The Wall Street Journal

What I believe in

O1. Joy

If you are not having fun, you are doing something wrong. Getting to use creativity to help others is a dream come true.

O2. Commitment

Without fully committing to anything, you are not going to achieve your best.

O3. Quality

If you are not going to deliver to the best of your ability, then you are just wasting everyone's time.

O4. Courage

The world is full of people and businesses that play it safe – be bold and dare to stand out.

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