Alumni Updates

Full Sail's alumni network includes more than 60,000 grads, working in a wide range of unique roles all over the world. Here are just a few of the latest updates, accomplishments, and accolades from our grads.

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Brett Novak Gives us a Short Lesson in Skateboarding

Brett Novak is back with a short skate film featuring a 14 year old freestyle skateboarder named Isamu Yamamoto. The short film, titled ISAMU, was shot in Japan and follows Isamu as he shows his skills throughout a temple. Brett, a 2007 Digital Arts and Design, has channeled his love for skating into videos that are minimalistic and focus on the environment around the skateboarder.

TechChange Finds New Creative Director in Yohan Perera

Yohan Perera (Digital Arts and Design 2014), who was working as a graphic designer at TechChange, was recently promoted to Creative Director for the company. Yohan assumed the responsibility of overseeing creative projects which include animations, illustrations, videography, and photography. TechChange is a social enterprise whose model focuses on providing courses about technology that acknowledge challenges within the social and global communities.

Pinguin Helps Techies Socially Connect

Entertainment Business grad Joshua Purvis recently launched an app that helps connect techies through social communities that are tailored to their interests. The Pinguin app allows members to access chat rooms created through hashtags.

Film Grad Carlos M. Leon Finds Success in Production Studio and Opens Up Ad Agency

In 2008, when he was just 25 years old, Carlos M. Leon was named “One of America’s Top 5 Young Entrepreneurs” by Businessweek. Now, less than 10 years later the company he founded, CML studios, has expanded. Carlos launched CML productions ad agency this month.

Bad Panda Grads Nominated as Finalists at Golden Joystick Awards

After graduation, Game Design grad Amanda Oliver and the capstone project team she worked with during her time at Full Sail were encouraged to submit their final project to the Terminus Conference Golden Joystick Awards. The team ended up being nominated as finalists for their documentation of the game and traveled to Atlanta to showcase their work.

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Ashish Manchanda Recognized as Best Music Producer at IRAA Awards

Full Sail is proud to congratulate Hall of Fame Inductee Ashish Manchanda on his recent award of Best Music Producer (Independent Music) for his work on the song Life A Sufi by Alif at the 11th Annual IRAA Awards. Since 2006, the Indian Recording Arts Awards has recognized the work of members in the music industry.

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. Watch here.

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.

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.

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