Luke Montross

Recording Arts

Luke recently secured a Sound Engineering Internship at a music studio called Jungle AE We asked Luke to tell us a bit about himself and his experience at TFC, and here's what he had to say!

Joining the world of Tribeca Flashpoint College has been a life-altering experience for me. Before TFC, I was lost - I received a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, but I knew anything in that field would not be right for me. Sound has always been my passion, so taking this leap of faith has been beyond worth it.


Before TFC, I did not have any knowledge about the sound field. I didn’t even know how to fully use ProTools. Now, after nearly three terms, I have learned more than I ever imagined I would. Attending TFC has been tough at times, mostly because I am surrounded by a lot of students who know what career path they want to take. I’m not a musician, which at times, makes me feel a little left out. To me, all the fields of sound are so amazing and intriguing that it will be tough to narrow down my strongest interests.


That’s where internships come into play. Recently I was accepted for a sound engineering internship at a music studio called Jungle AE. The process of seeking out an internship is incredibly intimidating and it’s very difficult to find the right fit. Music is my calling card - whether I play instruments or not - so I knew right away that this program would be great for me. But that doesn’t take away from the insecurities that come along with looking for an internship.

Now to be clear, I don’t start this internship until the beginning of May. But during this process, I have learned a lot. People don’t realize how difficult it is to lock down an internship, as I have been applying to them for years. But the biggest learning point is to be as persistent and determined as possible. Send your resume out to everyone. Get your name out there. Sometimes you even have to be a “pest” and professionally email any said company to first get their attention, but to also show how dedicated and interested you are in their program. As people always say: “Get your foot in the door.” Even if you don’t think your internship is the right fit, follow through with it. You most certainly will learn something and you may find that your strongest interests aren’t exactly what you thought they were.

Something that students take for granted is the Career Services Department at TFC. Stop by to see Career Services. Without their help, I wouldn’t have gotten this internship. I understand this ideology among students - when I was attending school at DePaul, I never took advantage of their career center. In one short visit with Career Services, they provided me with three possible audio-based internships (very hard to find) to apply to. I applied to all three right away, knowing that being diligent will help portray a better image of myself. Furthermore, and most obvious, internships are hugely beneficial for resumes. And who knows? Maybe you love the internship so much, and you’ve put on such a good impression that you get a job out of it. That’s technically everyone’s goal, right?

There’s no doubt I am nervous and anxious about starting as an Intern at Jungle AE. But I know that’s natural. I couldn’t be more excited about meeting the people within the company and forming new relationships. But I can’t make this anymore clear: I’m not doing this just to bolster my resume - I’m going into this internship with the intent to LEARN. Sure, I definitely need a solid resume and hopefully a nice job in the future; but learning as much information as I possibly can about sound is my goal. With an unpaid internship, your greatest reward is learning. And in my opinion, an internship is just an extension of your schooling - it will make me such a more proficient student at TFC, and I’ll learn plenty of things at Jungle AE that I might not learn anywhere else.


Jen Turriff


Jen is a 2011 Film graduate who is currently Owner of The Local Petaler. We asked Jen a few questions and here's what she had to say!

What do you like most about working at The Local Petaler?

I’m my own boss! I’m responsible for my success, or my own failure, and that’s pretty thrilling. I love my clients; I love being part of some special moment in their lives.

What advice do you have for TFC candidates currently and actively job searching?

Don’t limit yourself. When I graduated I had this false sense of confidence that my dream job was right around the corner - it’s just not the case. You have to work for that dream job, and it’s certainly never your first job. It takes time, effort, networking and making connections, etc. So take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, but be sure you don’t take those first job or jobs for granted. It’s there that you’ll learn and grow enough to be qualified for that really special job down the line. So work hard and focus on what’s happening now, not what could happen later. 


How did your experience at TFC help you secure your current role?

Hmm… how did my experience at TFC help me become a florist? I’d have to say not much at all! But it definitely helped me become a business owner. As a producing student, I was taught that producers run the show! That’s what I loved - having a hand in all aspects of the production, from start to finish. And the same is true for owning my own business. I did all the same work: writing a business plan, budgeting, seeking financing, hiring, etc. What’s great about producing is that you’re part creative and part businessperson. And even though I’m in a very different industry, I’m essentially a producer.


What would you look for if you were in the position to hire new graduates from TFC?

I’m probably not on their list of places to apply to! But I will say that all the success that I had in years past in film/tv industry was because I followed through whether it was with my application or letter or phone call. Sending an actual letter in the mail is huge! But keep it short and don’t include any of your work. They need to ask you for it. 

I made contact with an agent in LA by mailing a letter. It was short: just an introduction to who I am, what I’ve done, and what I want to do. End it by asking how they can help you. 


I followed up my letter with a phone call a week later and within an hour, I got an email from the agent asking for samples of my work. Don’t be afraid to go old school!


If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

EVERYTHING. I wish I had been older and had more life experience before my time at TFA. To be on such a fast-track, I needed to have the maturity to really appreciate every job that came my way and to make every connection possible. I had an internship with Second City around the time that I graduated, where I worked with people like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong, and I was such an idiot thinking I shouldn’t talk to them or “friend” them on Facebook, and now they’re literally ALL on SNL. So five years later when I have a huge packet of comedy writing, I can’t send it to the 25 writers I know in New York. Don’t be an idiot - send that friend request.


What was your favorite thing about TFC? 


My mentors… I had several teachers who were incredibly impactful in my life. I was going through a lot while I was in school, trying to figure out who I was and where I fit in in the world… you know, the usual… and I needed guidance. I’m so grateful that I met Peter and Amy and Killian at that time in my life. (Sincere thank you to you all!)


What was your least favorite thing about TFC?


Anything petty or stupid that got in the way. You really don’t have time for that. Don’t get caught up in anything that prevents you from being your best professional self. 


Name one thing that made you choose TFC over other colleges?


I chose TFC because it was a fast-track to the industry. It didn’t waste time with BS classes that you are required to take at a 4-year university. I had come from two years at the University of Illinois where I was taking classes like “Geology 101” and “The History of Graffiti.” Trust me, they’re not interesting as they sound, and I’m definitely not applying what I learned to daily life. 



On Wednesday, April 5th, Catharsis Productions (, facilitated the Sex Signals Workshop for students, faculty and staff. 

Sex Signals has become one of the most popular sexual assault prevention programs on college campuses through its unorthodox, humor-facilitated approach to examining our culture, sex, and prevention strategies like bystander intervention. Sex Signals is updated every six months to stay culturally relevant and regularly incorporates new teaching strategies based on best practices research from numerous fields of study. 


A two-person team of highly-trained educators takes the audience on an interactive, relevant, and often-hilarious exploration of the cultural messaging we receive about gender, sexuality, sexual health and intimate relationships. It examines what role culture and privilege play in justifying unhealthy and dangerous beliefs about what is acceptable social and sexual behavior. This is all accomplished through facilitated dialogue and several semi-improvisational scenes, the final of which features a college student defending his buddy from a recent accusation of rape. This scene then leads to a focused discussion on the role we all play in stopping sexual violence. It enables audiences to identify intervention strategies and positively change the way they think, communicate and act by encouraging bystander intervention in all aspects of their life.


Carlos in Career Services

will be out of the office from

Friday, 4/21 - Tuesday, 5/2


Sunday, May 7th | 1:00 - 3:00PM

Revel Fulton Market

1215 W. Fulton Market | Chicago, IL 60607




TFC will be instituting a change in policy regarding loaner equipment from the I.T. Department.  This change has been in effect since MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27th!


If you wish to check out a laptop and/or power supply from the I.T. Department, you MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID 

(such as a Driver's License or State ID) with the I.T. Department while you are borrowing a laptop and/or power supply.  This ID WILL BE RETURNED to you when you bring the equipment back to the I.T. Department.  



Please note that NO LAPTOPS AND/OR POWER SUPPLIES CAN BE CHECKED OUT WITHOUT LEAVING AN ID!!! There will be no exceptions to this policy.





Room 669

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

12:00 - 1:00PM

or email

to schedule an appointment


Room 609

Tuesdays & Wednesdays

1:00 - 2:00PM 




This walk will include select sites of these early independent recording studios and record distributors and share some of the stories on how they influenced the music industry and in some ways provided an avenue for Black professionals to emerge within the industry and a segregated society.

Moving from South Cottage Grove, Chicago’s Record Row was relocated to South Michigan where up to 17 record distributors where located and up to half a dozen independent recording included companies such as Chess Recording (founded as Aristocrat in 1947), Chance (1950), United (1952), and Vee-Jay (1953), who helped to spread urban blues, rhythm and blues, and soul music popularity nationally and internationally.

The new Record Row also became the production, distribution, and marketing center for a new sound and style of music. One notable studio included Chess Records which created a unique sound of recording called the “Chess Sound”. Recording artists such as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Walter and Jimmy Rogers produced a number of hits there. Other artists were the great Etta James, Willie Dixon and of course, The Rolling Stones, who recorded the album, 2120 South Michigan.

Another studio located in Record Row was Vee-Jay Records which recorded “For Your Precious Love" by Jerry Butler and the Impressions in 1958. This is considered, by many, the beginning of soul music.

Other notable Vee-Jay soul artists were Dee Clark, Betty Everett, and Gene Chandler. Also, Okeh Records, led by producer, Carl Davis, had huge success in the soul market with Major Lance, Billy Butler, Walter Jackson, and the Vibrations. These independent soul labels benefited from their policy of maintaining woodshedding practice studios and house bands that kept creativity high.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM CDT


Michigan & Roosevelt

Chicago, IL 60605


Join us at the CINEYOUTH FESTIVAL, a three-day international film festival that celebrates the talent of filmmakers 22 years old and younger from around the world. More than 70 short films, ranging from thought-provoking documentaries and quirky comedies to experimental shorts, a showcase of locally made films and more will be shown with filmmakers in attendance! CineYouth is presented by Cinema/Chicago, the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, and is made possible by the generous support of Allstate Insurance Company and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Screenings are FREE and open to the public of all ages!


Aspiring filmmakers! Come join CineYouth for an exciting Filmmaking Workshop with Tribeca Flashpoint College. You’ll get a taste of their filmmaking program. For more information on the program visit:


Saturday, May 6, 2017

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM CDT


Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Avenue

Chicago, IL 60613


Kizuki Care

In Kizuki, we are passionate on giving back to our community and we want to invite you to join us.


Participate in our movie nights starting 05.02,


• One of the Izakaya dishes will become a "Kizuki Care Item” in which 10% of the proceeds will benefit a specific charitable foundation every week.


• Guests who make a charitable donation toward the designated foundation (We recommend $2 per guest) will be able to make a seating reservation during movie nights (Up to 10 reservations per event, rest of the seating is first come first serve with free admission)


Below is the movie night lineup and foundation partners for each week in May.


05/02: Valley of Wind

05/03: Doraemon: Birth of Japan

- Leave no Veterance Behind



05/09: Howls Moving Castle

05/10: Naruto

- PAWS Chicago


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT


Kizuki Ramen and Izakaya Wicker Park

1482 North Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622


Students will learn Graphic design, also known as communication design, is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content. The form of the communication can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words, or graphic forms.


Saturday, May 13, 2017,

10:00 AM –12:00 PM CDT


University Church

5655 South University Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637


In partnership with PLUS Midwest Chapter, this seminar will look at drones as an emerging risk and their impact on the insurance industry.

  • The rise of drones - past, present, and future

  • Drone accidents - what can go wrong?

  • FAA regulations

  • Underwriting, insurability, and legal issues

3 hours of continuing education credit have been requested from the Illinois, Indiana, ans Wisconsin Departments of Insurance. CLE credit available for attorneys.

FREE for employees of Association member and colleague firms, PLUS members, and Insurance Associates members.


  • Anthony Mormino, Senior Vice President and Senior Legal Counsel, Swiss Re

  • Dr. Richard Wlezien, PhD, Professor and Chair of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT


Chicago Cultural Center

78 East Washington Street

Chicago, IL 60602


Now recruiting for clubs for Spring!

Feel free to let us know via email:

The more the merrier!





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All academic assistance sessions can be scheduled by emailing or walk in during the open session hours:




Monday-Thursday 1-2 pm

Info Commons

Sara Stigberg

Walk ins and appointment



Monday-Thursday 12-2 pm

Room 521

Charles Ampong

Lindsey Wander

Walk-ins and appointment



(Time management/Organizational skills/Effective communication skills/Overcoming Test Anxiety, and more)

Mary Sebek

Workshops and appointment



Michael Galbincea

By appointment



All services offered on ground

By appointment

Skype or email papers- Writing Lab

Collaborate in Blackboard- Math Lab

Academic Assistance - PPT, emails as needed and by appointment



To schedule an appointment contact: 



We’re here to help you succeed!





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