Christopher Barkley

Christopher Barkley, Co-Founder, Bonsai Creative/Co-Host The MAKE IT Podcast. Chris Barkley was born in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee, and fell in love with storytelling after seeing The Princess Bride (which he's enjoyed over fifty times) as a child. Taking a unique path to storytelling, Chris began as a songwriter, penning over 200 songs. However, the need to emote through the power of the story drove Chris to co-found Bonsai Creative in 2015. This boutique company whose goal is to help independent film creatives tell stories in a meaningful (and profitable) way. Since then, Chris has worked as Executive Producer, Advisory Producer, Film Consultant, Story Consultant, and Brand Strategist on several feature films, including 'Another Version of You' (CJ Perry, Alan Powell), 'Adult Interference' (Kate Upton, Ted Welch, Mike Vogel), and 'All Light Will End' (Andy Buckley, Sarah Butler). Chris is also the host of the five-star podcast 'MAKE IT,' an audio platform for the Independent Film Creative that provides various content options. Bonsai Creative's films are distributed worldwide, including distribution on Netflix and Paramount+. He brings over two decades of successful C-Suite sales, consultation, marketing, branding, and entrepreneurial experience across various industries, including Healthcare, Real Estate, Music, and Film. Chris earned a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University with degrees in Journalism and Marketing and serves on the Boards of NPR/WPLN, the Nashville Film Festival, and the Nashville Women In Film and Television.
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