I'm an Ohio-based creative director and video producer. I help my clients tell their stories in authentic, powerful, and humorous ways. I strive to capture people's business stories and lives in ways that truly resonate with audiences, by rising above old-school marketeering and traditional corporate communication. It's a different age we live in now, where meaningful real-world storytelling can win the day, and where clients of all sizes can achieve much of the same power and production value as a cool ESPN documentary or big budget corporate video.

See some of my work below and be sure to send me an email if you have a project of your own you'd like to brainstorm. Thanks a lot for visiting!

Mike Yearling


Coldwell Banker King Thompson | Mary Staebler

Mary is a top Columbus realtor who truly understands the meaning of place in our lives.

Dennis Automotive | TV Spots

In a world where your local competition puts on monkey suits to sell their cars, sometimes you need to take a higher visual road and just look cooler than your peers. I created this spot in Adobe After Effects.

An Open Letter to The Cleveland
Browns from 10 Year Olds

My two daughters and I created this video on a whim during a sleepover and it got over a quarter million hits and was featured in USA Today, CNN, Fox, NBC, CBS and all over Cleveland media. Starring my youngest daughter Lucy (in the middle) and her two friends Caroline and Caitlyn. This is for you, Browns fans!

Visa | Prepaid Government Cards

This Visa piece features the legendary voice of Morgan Freeman. I was creative director on this project working with producer and friend Betsy Parker at Spin Pictures in Los Angeles.

Columbus City Schools | We Are Walnut Ridge

Think of every perception you have about Columbus City Schools or any urban school for that matter - the kids who go there, their parents, the teachers, etc. Then watch this and see if it changes how you think. Over the course of a year, I worked with an extraordinary team of Walnut Ridge students to produce this piece.

Documentary | Kings Queens and In-Betweens

KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS (to be completed this year) is a documentary I'm editing that follows drag queens, kings, and transgender performers in Columbus, Ohio, one of country's most vibrant drag scenes (go figure!). KQIB captures how these awesome performers tackle the complexities of gender expression, personal identity, and human rights — all with humor, great music, big hair, and duct tape. Go to the film's website to learn more.

Backstreet Cultural Museum | New Orleans

The Backstreet Cultural Museum and its founder Sylvester Francis are New Orleans treasures. After teaching a six month filmmaking class at The Ohio State University Newark, I traveled with the students to New Orleans to produce this fundraising video for the museum.