Sustaining a Career in Audio for Music, TV, Film, and Live Sound

Thursday, March 30 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Career Center, Presentation Room 618 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

#LoveAudio? Are you a student pursuing a degree in Audio Arts & Acoustics? Experience in your field is key. Whether you have set your career goals, or you are still exploring your options, this event is for you. Panelists will share what it took for them to succeed, and how you can make a name for yourself in the industry.  

The panel will cover:  

• Employability of an Audio Professional  
• Establishing your brand and owning your own studio  
• Building clientele as a freelancer  
• Juggling part-time and freelance work  
• The importance of an internship  
• How to excel as a session, live, or sound engineer or music producer  
• Handling a myriad of projects in music, TV, film, voiceover, and live sound 


Confirmed panelists so far include*: 


Matt Edgar is the Founder and President of Audio Integration Services (AIS), in Chicago. The company was founded in 2007 and quickly grew from a home office, to a full installation shop. By 2008, AIS began doing installs nationally and internationally, and became the North American distributor for Void Acoustics. AIS has positioned itself for not only their design capability, but their unparalleled event production, by using the latest technology to design elegant sonic and visual solutions for event productions or install. 


Johnny Gaskill is Production Director for Special Events Management in Chicago. If there's a live music act at a Special Events Management produced street fest, you can bet Johnny is involved. From overseeing staging/sound systems to working closely with performers, bands and their management months ahead of their event appearances, he's tireless. Johnny makes sure everything runs smoothly for nearly 250 acts at 50-plus events each year. 


Michael Kolar has been working in the recording/music industry since 1994. Having over 20 years experience, Michael is fluent in rap, rock, gospel, and R&B music. With a combined total of over 20 million plays on SoundCloud of Michael’s mixes, local and national artists seek him out for a competitive sound. As former Vice President of the Engineering & Recording Society, Michael’s technical expertise matches his creativity and love of music. He has worked with a bevy of artists from Chance the Rapper to Zayn Malik. 


Colin Sipos is a Chicago-based commercial music composer/Senior Audio Engineer with Earhole Studios in Chicago. Additionally, he is an independent record producer. A musician from age 11, he nurtured his talent exploring the poles of music in school ensembles, garage bands, and riffing through his parents’ record collection. Fast forward, passion bloomed into profession. 


Joe Tessone is the president of Mystery Street Recording Company and its lead audio engineer. He is a graduate of Columbia College with a degree in Audio Design and Production. His specialties include recording, mixing, and mastering, as well as analog audio preservation and in-ear monitor consulting. 

*Panelists are subject to change with availability. 


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