Nick is a 2018 Post Production graduate and he's currently an Associate Producer at The Weather Channel, which has been the leader in severe weather coverage, providing the most comprehensive analysis of any media outlet. We asked Nick a few questions and here's what he had to say!
What do you like most about your current role as Associate Producer?
I like being able to use my skills that I have learned from school and personal experience to create content everyday for T.V.
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 a time there was a system crash on my computer that occurred while I was editing a story piece for live T.V. and I had to push this story out in 20 minutes. I quickly rebooted my computer and I had to recover all of the footage that I was editing from my backup hard drive. Luckily I had set my project to save every couple of minutes so I was able to retrieve my latest save and finish the project on time to air.
What would you say is one of the most important assets to have in your industry?
The most important asset in my field would be to have great time management skills. In my field, I am editing multiple projects a day with strict deadlines that I have to meet, which makes me set out a rundown for the day that I follow to get my work done effectively and on time.
Read Nick's full interview here!
Why did you choose Flashpoint Chicago?
Although I started in July, this story goes back a few years. While I was attending Lane Tech High School, I had an elective open my sophomore year. A guitar class was an option, and I had always wanted to learn how to play. Music was a passion of mine, so I gave it a shot, signed up, and was immediately inspired. I was inspired by the instrument, my teachers, the room full of aspiring musicians taking beginning guitar with me, and of course, the music. This opened up a new door to me known as the Lane Tech Music Program, and for my remainder years there, I took two more years of guitar, general music, percussion, and a sound engineering class. My junior year sound engineering class was when Recording Arts Department Chair, Yuri Lysoivanov, came in and introduced us all to Flashpoint back in 2016. The thing that sticks out to me this day was when he was talking about his own passion for audio. The team that came in that day was excited about sound, and that resonated with me. I remember being in awe about the school, and thinking, “Wow, it’d be a dream to go there and do that stuff for a living.” For some reason, I didn’t think the idea was obtainable for me. Flashpoint continued visiting Lane Tech and it stayed fresh in my mind, and when one of my friends expressed interest in film, I suggested we attend the Flashpoint Open House. As I walked through, I got the same feeling of wanting it but not thinking that it was realistic for me. When I graduated, I started at DePaul, left after a month or so I decided to take a gap year. On that gap year, it was a 2AM kind of night with my guitar and my notebook. Instead of writing a song, I wrote a letter to myself promising that I would take the leap, I would go for the dream, and that I would do whatever it would take to be successful. It was a couple years' journey, but I finally got the guts to take the leap of faith. I tell people all the time that making that life switch to study Recording Arts was the best decision I’ve ever made.
What advice do you have for fellow students?
Communication is key, and keep your social media professional. We’re at a school where networking is at our fingertips. With all the majors and students with so much of their own personal skills to offer, you never know when one encounter can lead to something bigger. Back when I went to AES in New York in October, legendary recording engineer, Al Schmitt, attended and was promoting his book. I introduced myself to him, got his book, and later followed him on Instagram. He followed me back! This is a big deal because he’s won twenty Grammy awards and in my opinion is the king of engineering. Then when I went to NAMM in Anaheim, California back in January, I had an interview project for my Composition 2 class. I decided that I wanted to aim high and score an interview with Al. He’s an incredibly busy guy, but I sent him a direct message on Instagram and he worked with me to make it happen! That one moment back in October shaking his hand and telling him my name was enough to present an opportunity of a lifetime. That’s how this business works. Work hard, be the best person you can, and network, network, network! You never know where it might take you.
Read Taylor's full interview here!
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
If you are a student graduating in June 2019, or a student who graduated in March 2019, August 2018 or December 2018,
please register to attend the Career Fair HERE!
INDUSTRY EVENTS & NEWS
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.
SOUND OF SILENT FILM FESTIVAL
ACM’s popular Sound of Silent Film Festival, now in its Fourteenth year, returns to the lovingly restored Davis Theater with two all-new programs including a special "late night" program.
Featuring newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films from around the world, this one night only event is a don’t miss.
Thirteen short films have been chosen out of more than two hundred submitted to us and each has been newly scored by a different composer. Grab a drink at the bar and join us for films ranging from comedy to drama, thriller, sci-fi and more.
Come to one or both but get your tickets now as both concerts will sell out!
Saturday, April 20, 2019
7:00 PM – 10:30 PM CDT
Davis Theater, Chicago
4614 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
GATHERING OF GREATNESS: A FILM SCREENING OF "IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS"
The Talbott Hotel and the Chicago Chapter of the Positive Coaching Alliance, invite you to a screening of "In Search Of Greatness,” a documentary film by Gabe Polsky that delves into the genius and legacy of some of the greatest athletes of all time, Serena Williams, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali among them. The film reveals the true nature and nurture of the athletes through a series of intimate conversations and captivating footage.
Join us at 5:30PM for a cocktail hour before the film screening at 6:30PM.
Donations from our event, which is free and open to the public, will benefit the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Unified Everything Project, which have partnered to underwrite screenings for underprivileged youth teams and groups across the United States and Canada. Help spread the word!
Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM CDT
The Talbott Hotel
20 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
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.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
5224 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
BADASS WOMEN OF CHICAGO
It's been said that well behaved women rarely make history. But sometimes even "bad" girls get shoved aside so that men can take the spotlight. Enough of that! This tour is all about Chicago's colorful and impressive female past! From criminals who faked tuberculosis to get out jail, to an artist who got their start as a vaudeville cowgirl, to groundbreakers in design and architecture of modern society, let our guide Mandy show you some of our so-nearly-forgotten gals!
Sunday, April 28, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT
1 S Dearborn St
1 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
UP THE MOUNTAIN
Up The Mountain portrays a year in the painting studio of master artist Shen Jian-hua. Years ago, Shen moved from Shanghai to a remote mountain village in Dali, Yunnan Province. The film follows the calm rhythm of his life as he spends his day creating art and giving painting lessons to the local Bai women. The fading traditions of the local community and the impact of a rapidly changing modern China are present in this film.
Directed by ZHANG Yang
China | 2018 | 126 Minutes
In Mandarin & Bai dialect w/English subtitles
Saturday, April 6, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM CDT
Heritage Museum of Asian Art
218 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60616