Rocio Alvarez

Recording Arts

Rocio is a 2018 Recording Arts graduate and she's currently a Crew Member and Assistant at Chicago Recording Company (CRC). We asked Rocio a few questions and here's what she had to say!

What do you like most about being a Crew Member/Assistant at CRC?

I truly enjoy being around talented engineers and amazing staff members.

What has been the greatest challenge you have encountered working in your current role/field and how have you overcome it?


The greatest challenge I have encountered would probably be learning how to overcome my fear of working under pressure and keeping calm around high profile clients. I do get nervous but I just focus on what I need to do and it calms my nerves. Also, I try my best not to show it. It's like being on stage. 


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

Most important assets to have in this industry, As a woman you have to have tough skin. I grew up with two brothers so, I have that training. Although I'm very blessed that I've received so much respect from everyone. Never say no to any task, If it's something new to you, ask questions. Communication is key and people appreciate it.  Be humble and kind! That always attracts people to you and gives you the ability to make connections and network. 


In your opinion, what should candidates new to the industry avoid in order to succeed?

Candidates new to the industry should avoid being a "know it all"! I'm still new so I'd rather learn from everyone around me than try to say that I'm right or that I know it all. I'll give you an example, one of my fellow interns is still in school and he was trying to correct all experienced engineers. He didn't get hired! In this industry you keep on learning every single day. You will never stop learning! 


What piece of advice do you have for Flashpoint candidates preparing for the job search?

Never stop searching, definitely intern if you can. Interning gets your foot in the door. Keep pushing and knocking doors!


How did your experience at Flashpoint help you join your industry?

My experience at Flashpoint opened the doors for me completely. I was introduced to Chicago Recording Company through a class we had in their studios. If it wasn't for that class, I probably wouldn't have applied for the internship. I fell in love with the vibe and I knew being in the studio is where I want to be. I knew CRC is the place to be in order to make my dreams come true! 

What would you look for if an opportunity to potentially hire Flashpoint candidates came along?

I would look for someone who is hardworking and won't say no to any task. Someone who still wants to learn. 

What was your favorite thing about attending Flashpoint?

The Recording Arts program, the instructors and staff!!

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

Campus was close to home. The schedule was easy for me and definitely the hands-on training from day one! 

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

I would be more hands-on in the school's studio! 



Demo Duck has invited you to a behind-the-scenes

tour of their creative headquarters; complete with

a portfolio demonstration by Flashpoint Alumna 

Nicky Mazur and Q&A with Managing Director

Colin Hogan.


Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am at 1700 West Hubbard St., Suite 2E

Note that space is limited to 10 students

Please do not respond unless you are able to prioritize this event. 

Please RSVP as soon as possible at the link below:





Will be sharing

Freelance advice 

Wed., Dec. 5th 

Room 658




Every Wednesday 12:45 - 1:15 PM in Room 658 

the Career Development department presents

on a specific topic related to the ins-and-outs

of becoming a professional. 


Bring your lunch and bring questions!!




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.  



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Join us for our first ever short film showcase! We're excited to present to you the works of so many Chicago filmmakers, all in one special night!

4 Corners, dir: Andre Muir

Eat Your Heart Out, dir: Abby Pierce

GOP Jesus, dir: Brian Huther

Ladies First, dir: Maggie Scrantom

Local H: Innocents, dir: Felix Piñeiro

Some Call it a Conspiracy, dir: David Huzieran

The Orchestra, dir: Curtis Matzke

The Wayward Wind, dir: Monica Thomas & Steve Delahoyde

Wham, dir: Robert Bruce Carter

Who’s A Good Boy, dir: Alex Phillips

Wreathing, dir: Alex Mangen

Join us for the screening on Tuesday, December 11th, at Theater Wit! Cozy holiday cocktails at 6:45pm, program begins at 7:30pm. Grab your tickets now!

6:45pm - Doors open

6:45pm-7:20pm - Cozy holiday cocktails and mingling

7:30pm - Program begins

Run time: 80 mins, followed by a short talkback and award presentation


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

6:45 PM – 9:30 PM CST


Theater Wit

1229 West Belmont Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657


Take Talks is a panel discussion and networking series in Chicago that's goal is to encourage you to take your career back into your own hands and discover actionable steps you can use in your film career. We interview and learn from successful filmmakers in Chicago who have been creating your favorite films, web series, and shorts. This series is a wonderful opportunity for networking in a relaxed environment and meeting other like-minded individuals.



Join us for an in-depth discussion on Independent Distribution and Film Festivals!


You've spent the past six months, year, or several years creating the project of your dreams. You raised the funds, you wrote the script, you hired the crew, you went into production...YOU DID THE THING!

But, now what? What do you do once you've finished the project of your dreams? What are your options? Sure, you might head for Sundance, or seek a distribution deal from Netflix, but what happens if that doesn't pan out? Where can your work turn to next?

This Take Talks, we invite you into a deep dive conversation on how to make independent film festivals and distribution options work for you. We will be talking with some of Chicago's seasoned filmmaking and digital marketing vets, who will expand the avenues of possibilities for yourself and your next project. Learn insider tips from Film Festival directors, and seemless advertising tricks from a marketing guru. Join us as our panelists pull back the curtain on how to turn ideas into content, content into a reality, and to navigate the entrepreneurship and business of filmmaking.

Take Talks features a guided panel discussion, an open forum Q+A (where you can finally ask that burning question!), and a no pressure but engaging networking environment where you can meet like-minded people who are also looking to create independent content in Chicago.



This month's Take Talks panelists:


Doors open at 6:30PM, and the panel will begin promptly at 7:00PM.


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CST


Stage 18 Chicago

2558 West 16th Street

Chicago, IL 60608


We all go through "Changes" but still manage to know who our "Big Poppa" is. When you've got "California Love," you've gotta sing the "Ten Crack Commandments."


Join HVAC Pub's resident DJs who will be spinning not only Biggie & Tupac but all of the 90s Hip Hop hits from Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Wu Tang and many more.


HVAC Pub | 10PM


Friday, December 14, 2018

Doors at 10:00 PM CST


Stony Island Arts Bank

6760 South Stony Island Avenue

Chicago, IL 60649


Make the most of your museum trip through the act of drawing the art on view. Join the Smart Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago for a special two-part workshop on drawing in museums.


Thursday, December 13, 5:30–7:30 pm
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Pick up a sketchbook and pencil and learn secret techniques from an incredible group of Chicago artists who got their start in Hyde Park, the Hairy Who. Part I of this two-part program begins with an in-gallery drawing exercise and a deep dive tour of a masterful painting by Sullen Rocca as well vintage Hyde Park Art Center posters and comix on view in the exhibition The Time Is Now! Then, draw and sketch motifs and Hairy Who-inspired tattoo designs for use in Part II at the Art Institute.


Thursday, December 20, 5:30–7:30 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Meet at the entrance to Galleries 124–27

In the second part of this two-part program, delve deeper into the fearless work of the group known as The Hairy Who in the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition, Hairy Who? 1966–1969. We’ll investigate works of Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum and practice various drawing techniques, including the game “Exquisite Corpse,” collaborative comic-book making, and using motifs in your own work. 

FREE, all materials provided. Open to all skill levels. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance and let us know if you plan to come to one or both sessions. 

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.


Thursday, December 13 & 20, 2018

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM CST


Art Institute of Chicago

111 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60603


Artist & Screen Printer Ryan Duggan will be the speaker for our fourth Night Studio on December 6th.

Bumping into Ryan Duggan’s work is inevitable in Chicago. It can be found on gig posters, art prints, wall murals, flyers, T-shirts, skate decks, NFL Stickers, billboards, beer labels, and Whoopee Cushions around town and the world. Ryan has carved out an art and freelance career that has made him one of the most sought after creatives today.

Fall 2018 Theme: Turning Points

A FREE Talk + Q&A Event

Thursday, December 6th, 7-9PM
Hosted upstairs at Tied House

Cash Bar

We’ll see you there!


Thursday, 6 December 2018

19:00 – 21:00 CST


Tied House

3157 North Southport Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657


Looking for inspiration for hand-made gifts?

Do you seek a new holiday tradition?

Ever wanted to learn the secret to Spanokopita, Marzipan, Pierogies or other delights?

On Saturday, December 8th, spend an afternoon in the warm glow of the season to learn all this and more. Exchange your own tips and tricks for how to make the holidays special. And meet others who are getting into the spirit of sharing.

We’ve gathered a great group of elder experts to teach mini-master classes in the know-how and can-do that makes holidays special. They will share what they know, and there will be opportunities for everyone who comes to share a little of what we all know.

Join us from 1p-5pm on December 8th at Throop Studio, located at 1500 N. Throop Street in Chicago.

1:00 PM - Event Kick-off
1:30 PM - Session One 
2:30 PM - Session Two 
3:30 PM - Session Three 
4:30 PM - Panel Discussion


Saturday, December 8, 2018

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST



1500 North Throop Street

Chicago, IL 60642


Now Recruiting for Clubs!

Now recruiting for clubs!

Feel free to let us know via email if you'd like to start your own club or join an existing club.

The more the merrier!



Alexis Kamensky, LPC



Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 5:00pm CST

To schedule an appointment or in the event of an emergency, 

please contact Alexis at:



9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


28 N. Clark St. 

Suite 500 

Chicago, IL 60602


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