Robert is a 2011 Recording Arts graduate and he's currently the Director of Audio Visual Services at Drury Lane Events, a unique and versatile facility that combines ideal location, functionality and elegance to make it one of Chicagoland's finest facilities. We asked Robert a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about your current role as Director of Audio Visual Services?
I like creating shows for large corporate events. I work closely with clients to make sure the show looks and sounds great. I get to help plan and create events based off of how clients want their audience to feel /interpret the information. We are in control of the energy level in the room, and we help the presenters get the intended message across to their audience. The creative aspect is great, and there are always new challenges.
What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered working in your current role/field and how have you overcome it?
The greatest challenge for me to overcome was learning how to speak to clients in terms that they will understand. Most of my clients do not work with Audio Visual equipment often, so I have to learn to speak their language in order to give them the experience they are looking for. I might have a client that is asking for a “clip-on microphone”, or a client will ask if we can turn a Screen into a Whiteboard. I have to figure out what they are specifically looking for, and make sure that we are talking about the same end result. For instance, when my client asked for a Screen to be used as a Whiteboard, I suggested using an iPad that we could connect up to our Switcher Wirelessly. This way, their presenter could walk around the room with an iPad and all of his drawings and notes would show up onto the Screens.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?
A good attitude is the most important asset of the industry, if not all industries. I would much rather have somebody with a great attitude, who doesn’t know the equipment, than somebody with a bad attitude, who is amazing with all of the equipment. This is an industry that will always involve face-to-face contact with the clients and other team members, and having a poor attitude will get you blacklisted quickly.
Read Robert's full interview here!
Digital Media, Digital Art
Why did you choose Flashpoint Chicago?
I wanted a place that taught what I wanted to learn which was 3D animation and when I was researching school Tribeca flashpoint popped up and I was interested and took a look and loved it instantly and even attended a summer camp to try it out.
What are you most looking forward to as you start your new 3D Modeling Job at Space Haus?
I'm looking forward to learning new things about the industry and honestly, just getting to know what it's like to work for a company like Space Haus.
What advice do you have for fellow students?
Keep pushing and working on your craft because it does pays off and you will fulfill your career, you just have to keep pushing.
Read Emma's full interview here!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS!
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.
You MUST LEAVE A FORM OF ID (Driver's License or State ID) at the InfoCommons service desk as well if you wish to use the TV, Blu-Ray player, and/or one of the gaming systems in the InfoCommons (XBOX360, PS3, Wii). Your ID WILL BE RETURNED when you have returned all borrowed remotes and/or controllers.
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
PANEL DISCUSSION - FINDING SUCCESS IN THE CHICAGO PRODUCTION INDUSTRY
Industry professionals discuss their experience within the Chicago film and production industry,
offering insights and information about the range of opportunities in our great city and how to find
success. The discussion will dive deeply into film career navigation strategies-- balancing passion
projects alongside commercial work, and how to think critically, creatively and discerningly about
approaching both simultaneously throughout your career as a filmmaker.
The intended audience is current film and production students, recent graduates, and those either
just beginning their careers or new to the industry. Ultimately, this event is open to anyone
with a genuine interest in the industry within Chicago.
Tuesday, March 21, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST
2558 West 16th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
LA SOLEDAD (THE SOLITUD)
Capturing the life of real people amidst the Venezuelan crisis, La Soledad (The solitude) is the story of José, a young father who discovers that the dilapidated mansion he occupies will soon be demolished. Desperate to save his family from homelessness, José begins a search for a cursed treasure that has long said to be buried in the house.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT
UIC Richard J. Daley Library
801 South Morgan Street
Conference room 1-407
Chicago, IL 60607
Color Theory is an interactive installation designed to explore how Color occurs to human beings in everdaylife. Using different elements in fashion, art, lighting, and music you'll be encouraged to engage with objects in different color scenes including an orange beach, yellow garden, red boudoir, and several more color scenes. Throughout the night you will be documented by fashion illustrators, so dress in color!
Installation by Panoply Project
Music by DJ Just Jerry
Illustrations by Drawn & Coutured, and Dan Duffy.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
Lab on Lake
3450 West Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60624
MAKE SPACE - MARCH
Makespace is a community of creators dedicated to sharing and experiencing art, ideas, and curiosity.
MAKESPACE was founded with a simple idea in mind: If we have a gift and we hide it, we cannot offer our best in any other aspect life.
MAKESPACE was created to be a physical space, a supportive community, and a monthly event where members of the Chicago community can share their creative gifts, be inspired by the works of other creators, engage in discussions and experiences that push us beyond the boundaries of where our jobs and social circles might naturally lead us.
MAKESPACE is a community of creators founded by the team at Packback, a Chicago-based Education Startup, as a part of Packback's ongoing mission to cultivate a more curious world.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
55 E Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
FREE NETWORKING EVENT IN CHICAGO
* You will not be able to sign up at the venue. You have to get your free ticket here online and show it to the event host (either print it or show digital ticket on your phone)
Whether you are an entrepreneur, small business owner or business professional, this event is the perfect opportunity to get away from your desk, have some cocktails and network with potential business partners, investors, industry professionals and new clients.... Or just come on out and make some new friends! We've witnessed countless business connections and friendships form at our past events.
* WE WILL SEND YOU THE EXCLUSIVE VENUE LOCATION AFTER YOU SIGN UP.
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, meet your next business connection or simply mingle with accomplished individuals.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM CDT
North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60661