MI Conversation Series at Musician's Institute w/ Sleeping With Sirens. Photo: Grizzlee Martin
At various points in my life, I've fallen in love with music, movies, television, journalism, and comedy.
I feel very blessed (and not in the "#blessed" way) to have made a career that involves it all.
I've been part of multiple live events and broadcast programs as reporter, writer, and producer at MTV News, including several Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, and episodes of MTV's True Life. I've worked with a number of other oulets as well, including MSNBC, IFC, Fuse, VH1, and Yahoo!. I've written, produced, and hosted projects for Marvel Comics, Disney, Maker Studios, Hearst Media, Machinima and CryptTV. I've covered film, music, television and politics for Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Huffington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, OC Weekly, All Music, Decibel, and other publications.
I've visited sets, studios, personal residences, and press junkets to sit down with Will Ferrell, James Franco, Metallica, Seth Rogen, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford, Mila Kunis, Jessica Alba, Ewan McGregor, Vin Diesel, Michelle Williams, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Matt Damon, Ozzy Osbourne, Margot Robbie, Joss Whedon, Katie Holmes, Anna Kendrick, Tim Burton, Liam Neeson, Danny McBride, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith, Quentin Tarantino, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, and many more.
I've written more than a dozen cover stories for Alternative Press: in-depth reporting on Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Pierce The Veil, A Day To Remember, Black Veil Brides, Andy Black, Falling In Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Dashboard Confessional, Coheed & Cambria, AFI, The Devil Wears Prada, Of Mice & Men and more.
I've written biographical material for several artists, including Slipknot, Megadeth, Dream Theater, and The Used.
I am the founder of Superhero Artist Management, a Southern California institution since 2003. Our staff represents niché acts primarily from the worlds of rock, metal, punk, and indie, as well as a roster of A-List rock producers, including Ross Robinson (Slipknot, The Cure, At The Drive-In), Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Queensryche), and Steve Evetts (Story Of The Year, The Wonder Years, Saves The Day). Superhero artists, past and present, have appeared at Coachella, Vans Warped Tour, Soundwave, Reading & Leeds, Download, Graspop, Roskilde, and on international tours with genre-defining acts like Nine Inch Nails, Morrissey, and Slayer. I'm a former partner at Blood Company (management home to Skrillex).
I also work as a consultant for a handful of outreach organizations. I'm an avid fan of creation itself, music, TV, film, hand-to-hand combat and weapons training and most of all, my family.
"Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool