Earlier this year, Full Sail launched a brand new Behind the Scenes tour offering visitors an in-depth look at our campus and curriculum. The monthly tour now includes more interactive programming, such as degree-specific workshops and info sessions on everything from financial aid to housing. It’s also a great way to explore our facilities from top to bottom, with campus tours running throughout the day.
One of the highlights of the new tour is a Guest Speaker Panel, presented by Full Sail’s Career Development department. Each month, they invite distinguished alumni, members of our Hall of Fame, and leaders from the Orlando community to contribute to the panel. During the hour-long presentation, speakers share personal insights and expertise gleaned from their time working in the industry. They cover topics such as how to make the most out of your time as a student, advice for breaking into the industry, and how to get (and keep) a job. The panel culminates with a Q&A session designed to give attendees a chance to steer the conversation based on their unique interests.
We are excited to welcome the following four panelists to this month’s tour:
Sebastian Krys (Recording Arts, 1991)
President, Rebeleon Entertainment and Arju Productions
Hall of Fame 1 Inductee
After graduation, Sebastian landed a job at the renowned Crescent Moon Studios in Miami (owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan) and embarked on an award-winning career as an engineer/producer that has seen him work with superstars like Shakira, Marc Anthony, the Black Eyed Peas, and more. He’s won five GRAMMY and twelve Latin GRAMMY Awards, including the coveted Producer of the Year trophies in 2007 and 2015. In his 15-plus years in the industry, Sebastian has amassed a resume that’s made him well known and respected in both the Latin and pop music markets.
Now a freelance producer/engineer based in Los Angeles, Sebastian is the President/CEO of Rebeleon Entertainment and Arju Productions, where he continues to produce music and develop the careers of up-and-coming talent in the industry.
Sheena Fowler (Film, 2006; Entertainment Business, 2007)
Director of Business Development, Orlando Economic Partnership
As Director of Business Development at the Orlando Economic Partnership, Sheena works to aggressively attract, retain, and grow jobs in Orlando with a focus on Innovative Technologies. This sector includes software development, game development, mobile app development, digital media, virtual reality, augmented reality, and technology that has yet to be explored. The Orlando Economic Development Commission offers a full range of services to businesses looking to locate or expand in the Orlando area with a staff of business development experts who can assist in everything from site location analysis to evaluation of financial assistance.
Prior to joining the Orlando Economic Partnership, Sheena worked in the public relations department of Orlando’s Downtown Art District where she was responsible for the organization, promotion, and implementation of special events. Sheena started her career as a freelance production assistant and worked with such powerhouse companies as Go Film, Transition Productions, iNEXTv.com, CNN’s Captain Planet Foundation, HBO Boxing, and Warner Brothers.
Larry Katz (Film, 2000)
Second Assistant Director
Hall of Fame 5 Inductee
While many of his classmates in Full Sail’s Film program dreamt of being the next Spielberg or writing an Oscar-winning screenplay, Larry Katz had a more direct goal in mind – to be an assistant director. Larry was drawn to the role of AD because of the level of involvement assistant directors have – in every shot of a movie. After graduating from in 2000, Larry moved to Los Angeles and set his sights on the Director’s Guild of America Training Program. He didn’t get in the first year, but remained encouraged and landed the coveted internship in 2002. His experience in the program proved rewarding. Every 50 days he was rotated to a new TV show or feature film, meeting a whole new group of ADs on each set. These relationships became the foundation of Larry’s professional network, leading to incredible opportunities. His credits range from blockbusters like War for the Planet of the Apes and Captain America: The First Avenger, to television shows such as Californication, Desperate Housewives, and Seventh Heaven.
Peet Cooper (Computer Animation, 2004)
Art Director, Riot Games
A self-proclaimed lifelong gamer, Peet Cooper was hooked on his first game at age five. Since then, he has played, collected, and analyzed thousands of games across every console and PC. As a game art generalist, Peet’s skill set encompasses concept art, 3D characters, UI, environments, illustrations, and level design. He has had the opportunity to work on titles ranging from Nintendo, EA, and Activision – on franchises such as Star Wars, Call of Duty, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends. As an art director at Riot Games, Peet is currently helping to define the studio’s visual quality and style. He also serves as VP and co-founder of the non-profit organization Gamers for Good.