Full Sail’s Hall of Fame ceremony is an annual event that honors the career achievements of a select group of Full Sail alumni. As we get closer to the 4th Annual Hall of Fame celebrations in mid-February, we’re going to showcase each of the grads chosen to be inducted this year. The ceremony will take place on Feb. 15, capping off a week of school-wide Hall of Fame-related events, so stay tuned to the blog to learn more about these exceptional grads and get info on the events that will be taking place during the Hall of Fame celebrations.
After graduating from Full Sail’s Recording Arts program in 1989, Susan Rose threw herself into the world of live music and event production and hasn’t stopped. It’s an impressive run that’s seen her become a sought-after lighting designer and programmer, as well as an accomplished country music singer in her own right.
Susan originally set off for Nashville as an aspiring performer, but based on the strength of her audio background, was offered a production gig at the legendary Opryland. While working at the venue her natural ability for stage lighting blossomed, and she was given the opportunity to join the crew of country veteran Louise Mandrell.
As word spread of her talent, Susan would later go on to join other major artists on the road, including Ringo Starr, Hank Williams Jr., John Berry, and more. She has also branched out to helm televised specials like the Stellar Awards and Freddy Awards, as well as events for the Walt Disney Company, SeaWorld, and Nickelodeon.
Through all her professional commitments, Susan continues to make time for her own life as a country performer, bringing original music to her fans with a pair of self-produced albums, as well as regular live dates. And when you start wondering how she finds time to fit it all in, even she’s surprised while stopping to look back at her output.
“Sometimes I’m updating my resume and it keeps getting longer and longer, and I sit there and go, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve done all these shows? I’ve done alright,’” she says. “So to get out there and be a successful lighting designer and a programmer, and a name that people know – that to me is cool. I feel like a little rock star.”