From the Daytime Emmys to the Silver Screen in India: Here’s Your May Grad News Round-Up

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.

YouTube videos come full circle for Mikey Phillips

YouTube’s new series Audience Stories showcases artists who have found inspiration from watching others on YouTube. A few years into his career as a drummer, Recording Arts grad Michael “Mikey” Phillips used YouTube videos to push his creativity to new limits to become a better musician. He is currently the drummer for popular singer and actress Janelle Monáe.

Eric Paulsen wins a Daytime Emmy

Recording Arts grad Eric Paulsen received a Daytime Emmy for his work on Lost in Oz for Outstanding Sound Editing – Animation. Eric served as the sound effects editor for his work on the show, which can be seen on Amazon Video.

Leah Beilhart’s photography series featured in Modern Luxury

Photographer and New Media Journalism grad Leah Beilhart was featured in a recent issue of the Washington, D.C. edition of Modern Luxury for her portrait event series BEHOLD.HER, which is a “photographic happy hour for women.” Leah provides a fun, safe atmosphere for women to connect and foster relationships while also taking portraits of the attendees.

EEK! [story in bio link] It's one of those moments in your life when you turn inward and remind yourself that you're making a difference somewhere in someone's life. I am so proud that I was outreached by @dcmagazine who wanted to highlight my portrait event series @_behold.her. I quit my job at the beginning of this year to put my energy into this project and I'm blessed to see that a part of my story has been published! I cannot explain the feelings I get from seeing all the lovely women who have experienced this series, open minded to the idea of being vulnerable not only in front of the camera but amongst the group as well. It takes a lot of courage to step out of your comfort zone, but for those who have given this series a chance, you've made this happen with me. For those who have been sponsors, you rock my world. I have too many words to fit in an Instagram caption box, but THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT and I look forward to continuing this series and I hope you'll grow with me as well 🙂 If you're keen about joining to future event ladies, pop over to the @_behold.her page. I'd love to have you.

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Chandler Brathwaite works on new Austin Crute single

Recording Arts grad Chandler Brathwaite mixed and mastered “Ungodly,” the latest single from rising singer-songwriter Austin Crute. The single was debuted by Billboard and was a follow-up to Crute’s debut mixtape Play, released last summer. Crute’s star has been rising ever since a guest spot on in Donald Glover’s FX comedy Atlanta.

More wins in 2017 🏆 new @billboard premiere "Ungodly" – @austincrute || Mixed and Mastered by yours truly. #PowerMoves

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Tom Marks brings sound to life on Sense8

Recording Arts graduate Tom Marks was featured on ProToolsExpert.com where he explains his preference for using Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix for his work on one of the Netflix’s latest original series, Sense8. 

Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy brings music to the big screen

Since we last spoke to composer and Recording Arts graduate Ashwin Vinayagamoorthy, he’s found success in the music industry in his home country of India. Ashwin was featured in the longstanding English-language Indian newspaper The Hindu for his recent work as music director for the film Yaadhumaagi Nindraai. One of the more popular songs from the soundtrack, “Aagayam Thaayaga,” is making the rounds on radio stations as well.

John Sebastian La Valle’s film screened at the Enzian

Film graduate John Sebastian La Valle was given the opportunity to create a short film, Light Up the Night, for one of his favorite bands, the Protomen. La Valle pitched the idea to the group when they were in Orlando in 2009 for a now-defunct geek rock festival, and filming took place in 2012 and 2013. In the future, La Valle hopes that the 16-minute film can be expanded into a full-length feature. The Orlando Sentinel spoke with La Valle for some insight to the filming process, and Light Up the Night scored a film screening at the Enzian Theater earlier this month, followed by a performance by the band at The Abbey.

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