Rylee Jean Ebsen
DGA Live Action Director, Creative Director, Professional Speaker & Startup Advisor.
Rylee was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 in the Marketing & Advertising category. She's directed work for Disney, Facebook, Snapchat, ESPN, & Zillow.
With her experience between marketing, communications strategy, & design - she's passionate about helping brands develop their identity through storytelling.
She previously worked at Snap Inc. for over seven years as their Director of Creative Media and she is the youngest woman to direct an IPO Roadshow film for a multi-billion dollar company.
Rylee started directing for Snapchat when the company was only about a dozen people (& she was just a junior in college). She ran Snapchat’s in-house creative agency-- directing projects, building Snap's brand, & managing fifteen full time employees. In early 2019 she left to pursue directing full time.
Her commercial work has generated 40+ million views on Youtube and trillions of views on the Snapchat app. She has an innate understanding of vertical video and helped pioneer mobile storytelling. She's well versed in digital advertising, which is quickly becoming the most important way for brands to engage with mobile-native consumers.
As a producer of new media, including Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, wearables, 360-video, and live-streaming, Rylee is eager to share her knowledge. She’s been asked to speak at companies, conferences, and schools all over the world.
Born and raised in the golden sunshine of Los Angeles, she’s been directing and editing movies since she was 10 years old. She's a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
As a woman in tech and in film, she’s engaged in promoting and supporting female filmmakers and women in STEM.
She can officially add “inventor” to her resume as she is listed on an official patent.
In 2018, she directed Snap's campaign for Voter Registration, which lead to over 400,000 new registered voters.
She directed and produced Snap’s very first original content three years ago with vertical shows like "Literally Can't Even", “Pillow Talk,” and “Under the Ghost” (a live music series ft bands like ‘Cold War Kids’ & ‘LANY.’
She founded the first prize for vertical storytelling through a Snapchat film festival in partnership with Tribeca Film Festival.
She's on Free The Bid,