With over 60,000 individuals in our alumni network, hardly a day goes by without news of grads making their mark on the worlds of entertainment, media, and technology. This month, we’re sharing a few stories and news items featuring members of the Full Sail community. It’s a small taste of the overall contributions made by our graduates, and we look forward to highlighting more success stories in the coming months.
David Dripps featured on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome
Entertainment Business grad David Dripps presented his entrepreneurial project Brik Tile on Steve Harvey’s Funderdome, a competition reality series where two companies battle it out to persuade a live audience to fund their ideas. Brik Tile is a 10×10 tile with sticky adhesive backing that you can place on the surface of your choice – most commonly used on a wall. The tiles are easily removable, and are compatible with brands such as LEGO® and Mega Bloks. Check out an in-depth look at Brik Tile below.
Stu Sanders wins the Academy of Dreamers Music Contest
After submitting a YouTube video of his band performing their original song “North Caroline,” it only took a week for Recording Arts and Music Business grad Stuart “Stu” Sanders to become one of the top 20 finalists in the Academy of Dreamers Music Contest.
As the winner of this contest, Stu Sanders and the Natives will have the opportunity to record their original music and receive one-on-one guidance from industry professionals. In addition to advancing his music career, Stu will also be helping children in need around the world by finding sponsors for them through the Holt International scholarship program, which partners with the Academy of Dreamers.
John Hollaway wants you to Be Afraid…
Entertainment Business grad John Hollaway released his psychological thriller Be Afraid on iTunes, Google Play, and VOD back in May of this year. The film has received several industry awards, including the 2017 NYC Winter Film Award for “Best Horror Feature Film,” and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie focuses on the effects of sleep paralysis and introduces a “dream demon” that haunts the film’s main character and tries to kidnap his seven-year-old son.
Brad Turpin gains national exposure from The Profit
Recording Arts grad Brad Turpin is the CEO and founder of Overtone Acoustics, which offers professional acoustic treatments at an affordable price. The company was featured on CNBC’s show The Profit, which brings in businessman and Camping World company owner Marcus Lemonis to help struggling businesses find success. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Brad explained that working with someone like Marcus forced him to “level up” as a businessman. As a result of Marcus’ influence and guidance, Overtone Acoustics has moved from their 1500-sqaure-foot facility in Orlando to a 75,000-square-foot facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania where they focus on expanding to new markets.