Beauty brand video spec produced for Canadian-born celebrity photographer, director, television personality, former model, spokesperson, creative director, and actor Mike Ruiz. As part of a series or spec advertising pieces. Reality Engine Studios has a long and ongoing history with Mike, executing post-production for many of his video oriented fashion projects, music videos and films.
Mike's work has appeared in numerous American and international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Flaunt, Condé Nast Traveler, Interview, Paper, Citizen K, Dazed and Confused, Arena, Italian Elle, Spanish and Brazilian Vogue and was a contributor to Dolce & Gabbana's Hollywood book and Iman's The Beauty of Color beauty book. He photographed the album cover for Kelly Clarkson's "All I Ever Wanted".
Menswear designer J. Cheikh collaborated with Ruiz to design a capsule collection for the Spring/Summer 2012 menswear collection in hopes of capitalizing on his fashion expertise and personal style. The collection was called "Mike Ruiz for J. Cheikh".
In addition to his advertising and celebrity clients, Ruiz has branched out as a director doing music video for artists such as Vanessa Williams, Kelly Rowland, Jody Watley, Traci Lords, Kristine W. and Shontelle. He also made his feature film directorial debut in 2007 with "Starrbooty", starring RuPaul.
Ruiz has appeared on several reality shows, including Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, America's Next Top Model, and RuPaul's Drag Race, as a celebrity photographer and guest judge. He also rounded out the panel of expert judges on the third season of Canada's Next Top Model. Ruiz was a member of the cast of Logo network's reality series, The A-List: New York, for its first two seasons.