MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

MAY

2019

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Jacob Linden

Film

Jacob is a 2015 graduate of Flashpoint Chicago's Film program. Also known as Yakub Films, he's a director, DP, editor and content creator. He's worked with artists including Chance the Rapper, Good Charlotte, Saba, Joey Purp and brands such as Lollapalooza, HBO, Trap Karaoke, Corona, Converse, Jordan brand and others.

What are you most proud of since the start of Yakub Films?

Since the start of Yakub Films, I have been blessed to fulfill dreams that I believed in since I started filmmaking. Rather than working in an office five days a week, I always wanted to have my talents take me on the road, traveling for my income in the music industry. There have been numerous experiences I’m proud of but three of them stick out to me. One of them was to work with Chance the Rapper. He and I have developed a relationship and worked on a few projects together over the years. Another was to tour with a rapper, creating social media content. In fall of 2017, I did 60 days on a tour bus with Joey Purp. We created about 30 pieces of content, and it was really great stuff. Also, my favorite job: working on Lollapalooza. With a passion for quick turnover content and working in music, it was my dream to be involved in the Lollapalooza content. This will be my fourth year now as the lead editor/co-director for Lollapalooza, and we have created some incredible content, and the quality has evolved immensely.

What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered and how have you overcome it?

The greatest challenges I have faced all come down to my weaknesses in time management. Being a freelancer, sometimes I would find myself with 20 projects going on at once. I had to learn how to be fast, manage time and also stay at the top of my game. Through things like meditation, exercise and finding personal time to relax, I am still working on these areas and grow better everyday.

What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?

One of the most important assets to have in this industry is to be hungry. Be hungry to grow, become better and enjoy every part of the process. Every project, you should be learning something about yourself or your talents.

Read Jacob's full interview here!

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

Sam Noparstak

Recording Arts

Why did you choose Flashpoint Chicago?

After my school search, I chose Flashpoint Chicago because I had a very good meeting with Yuri and the dean. They went through the enrollment process with me in a very thorough way and advocated on behalf of my creative aspirations. As I went through the campus tour, I felt that the environment was very communal and close-knit which made me feel welcomed and embraced for who I am. 

 

What are you most looking forward to after graduating from Flashpoint Chicago?

After graduation, I plan on pursuing an internship at a recording studio, possibly working part-time as a Live Sound Engineer for venues in Chicago, voice acting for narrations and commercials, as well as continuing to produce my own music and network with other Artists 

in my area. 

What advice do you have for fellow students?

Always stay passionate and be persistent through the tough times. Sometimes we run into failure and doubt, which can be discouraging, but as long you continue to work on your craft and do your personal best on whatever project you're working on, doors will open up for you.

Read Sam's full interview here!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

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INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS

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SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
 

Join us for an exclusive, one night only, screening of brand new and award winning shorts from local Chicago film makers! This evening will not only premiere two new shorts from Redleg Films, but also feature works by Erin Breen, George Ellzey, Kyle Niemmer, Elise Zell, Fatal Funnel Films, Rogue Shark Picutres and Commune.

Admission is free with a cash bar provided.

WHEN

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

WHERE

Stage 773

1225 West Belmont Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657

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FRESHMAN: A SHOW ABOUT YOUR TERRIBLE EARLY ART
 

Some of Chicago's best comics will share their first insufferable piece of writing or early attempt at performance art.

We all have an insufferable piece of writing or first attempt at performance art hiding in an attic somewhere. Some of the best comics in Chicago will be sharing theirs at this not-to-be-missed night of comedy.

FREE and BYOB, plus 10% discount on any store purchase.

Diaries, letters, artwork, songs, it’s all fair game.

WHEN

Thursday, May 9, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

WHERE

Transistor

5224 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

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ARTIST LINK UP

Artists, musicians, creative folks looking to discuss projects, exchange ideas, network and find inspiration.

Calling ALL artists! Have you ever wanted to attend a networking event with artists of all mediums? Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned artist, this event is for you! This is a good opportunity for artists to meet other creatives to work with on anything from social, to co-write, performing etc.

 

Admission is free of charge and there are no speakers or sales pitches, just a great night connecting with real people. Bring your business cards, make new friends, or simply mingle with accomplished artists.

WHEN

Thursday, May 30, 2019

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

WHERE

Storefront Events

2620 W North

Chicago, IL 60647

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ROCKWELL ARTIST COLLECTIVE - ART EXHIBITION, OPENING NIGHT

Rockwell Artist Collective first juried art exhibition featuring artwork by Chicago’s most promising emerging artists. FREE.

FEATURING:

Brandon Johnson, craftsman and oil painter

Charles Pachter - photographer

Chava Mancera - painter, photographer, costume designer

Christopher Hardgrove, MFA, - textiles

Daniel Gamez - cyanotype / photography

Denise Belland - acrylic painting and graphic design

Jiajue (JoJo) Wang - oil, crayon and paper on canvas

Xochilt Martinez - oil paintings

WHEN

Friday, May 31, 2019

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

WHERE

3065 N Rockwell St

3065 North Rockwell Street

Chicago, IL 60618

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MIYAZAKI'S SPIRITED AWAY: FREE SCREENING

Before our Lo-Fi Hip Hop Beats & Chill event, join us for a special screening of Miyazaki's animated classic Spirited Away.

WHEN

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Doors at 7:00 PM CDT

WHERE

HVAC Pub

3530 North Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60657

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STATE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS IN CHICAGO A MUSIC MONDAY IN MAY PANEL DISCUSSION

Music professionals have voiced the need to discuss the state of the Chicago media, and their support for local musical talent or perceived lack thereof.

This panel discussion will feature Chicago-area media representatives and music business influencers to discuss the current state of Chicago media in music, its impact and value to an artist and how to leverage various media platforms for the future

Vanessa Abron of Agency Abron will host and moderate the event.

Event Flow

6:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - Check-In/Networking

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Discussion

7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Q&A

8:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Closing remarks/Networking

 

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Barbara A. McDowell (B.A.M) - Power 92 and Soul 106.3 Music Director

  • Carla D. Brown - Support the Dope Radio Podcast Host | Music Journalist | Artist Manager

  • DJ Mile High - Event, Club and WGCI Radio Mixshow DJ

  • Francesca Fontenot/ The Franchiise - Twitter Brand Program Manager | Blackbirds Co-Chair | Blacks Excelling in Sales & Tech President | DJ & Events Curator

  • Justyna Syska - ABC 7 Chicago producer

  • Portia King - Music Journalist | Media Personality | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble

WHEN

Monday, May 20, 2019

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT

WHERE

515 N State Street

14th floor

Chicago, IL

HOURS

MONDAY - FRIDAY

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

ADDRESS

28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602

CONTACT                               

Students (Career Services)

flashpoint.careerservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Students (Student Services)

flashpoint.studentservices@columbiacollege.edu

 

Alumni

flashpoint.alumnirelations@columbiacollege.edu

 

Employers

flashpoint.employerrelations@columbiacollege.edu

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