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Levinson Locations Scout: Kate Levinson

February 21, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

Ben Schulman

Kate Levinson, Location Scout

Kate Levinson, Location Scout

Kate Levinson is on the prowl. The Chicago native is busy navigating her way through the traffic-clogged streets of Wicker Park, blasting Lady Gaga out of her car, and keeping her eyes open for the perfect place to transform into what she calls a “location.” Levinson is the force behind the aptly named Levinson Locations, her 2-year old company that is quickly cementing itself as one of the go-to sources for photographers, filmmakers and clients of all stripes looking for specific types of locales to customize for their projects. Having earned her stripes as an assistant to venerable location scout Hilary Rose of H. Rose Inc., Levinson is staking a claim on her own in being one of the most discerning eyes in town.

“I work really hard to facilitate trust between my clients and the homeowners,” Levinson states when describing the oftentimes delicate balance between the interests of her corporate clients and the space they are working in. “For homeowners I work with, I want them to know we’re going to respect every thing in their home. For the crew, I want them to know that everything will be done for them to get their shot.” Acting as an intermediary between both types of clients she serves – the location-owner and the location-user – only helps further Levinson’s deepening client base. As she says, “Only 1 out of 10 of my days are probably spent out in the field actually. Most of my days are spent working the phones, making sure established clients are continually happy and everything is working well.”

Location for Playboy Shoot

Location for Playboy Shoot

Levinson is big on things working well. And Chicago itself plays a big part in that equation for her. Utilizing her broad knowledge of the region helps her scope out whatever locations are requested, but it is also the vast variety of types of locations in Chicago that make this an ideal city in which to work as a scout. “If you want an oceanfront house on the lake, we’ve got it. If you want a mid-century home, an antique setting, industrial…you’d be hard-pressed to not find a place that’s workable here.” The relative ease of the city’s working infrastructure plays a part for her too, as she notes the breadth of talent within the city, but without some of the accompanying fees, regulations and attitude that can appear in other, coastal cities. The net effect, Levinson reasons, is the impression industry-wide that Chicago is indeed a city on the rise in the entertainment field, and becoming more of a destination.

School Scouting Shot for “The Lines”

School Scouting Shot for “The Lines”

Levinson has worked with companies such as Playboy, University of Chicago Medical School, American Girl, and Crate and Barrel in helping them find the most suitable settings to showcase their wares in nearly all forms of advertising. While 90% of Levinson’s work consists of working with photo interiors, she has recently begun branching out into film, such as being the location spotter for the Elephant Filmworks’ series, The Lines. Launching off from there, the ambitious DePaul University graduate is aiming to continue slowly expanding her reach and presence, bringing photographer Elise Hibbard on board to further flesh out the company’s portfolio, and even eyeing an eventual New York office. With every place a possibility, Levinson looks at everything as an opportunity now. “As my brother said to me once, ‘Places aren’t even places to you anymore, they’re locations.”

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