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CHRISTON THURSTON
GRAPHIC DESIGNER | AUDIO ENGINEER | VISUAL ARTIST

 

EDUCATION

DEC 2015      TRIBECA FLASHPOINT COLLEGE — CHICAGO, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design & Interactive Media

FEB 2011        FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY — WINTER PARK, FL
Bachelor of Science, Music Business

MAR 2010     FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY — WINTER PARK, FL
Associate of Science, Recording Arts

WORK EXPERIENCE

2012 - PRESENT                             
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / VISUAL ARTIST
FREELANCE
• Providing graphic design and video production for clients
• Client List: NAACP ACT-SO, Ashlyn Horry Foundation, Ezekiel Taylor Scholarship Foundation, Calahan Foundation, Bell Tax Service, The Gray Matter Experience, ILAVA: It Can Be Done, Julianne Q, Melanie D. Ivy, Prairie Hills Junior High School

JUN 2018 - PRESENT
AUDIO VISUAL TECHNICIAN
THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL, CLUB & SPA — HOUSTON, TX
• Setup, operate, and troubleshoot AV/projection/lighting/conferencing equipment, devices, and systems; Tape down and dress all loose wire and cable
• Oversee the setup of AV equipment in banquet and meeting rooms; Check delivered equipment and room set-up against Banquet Event Order (BEO)
• Assist and instruct guests/customers regarding proper usage and operation of AV equipment
• Ensure all AV equipment is fully operational and repair or clean equipment when necessary
• Break-down, remove, and secure equipment when not in use

APR 2004 - JAN 2018
AUDIO ENGINEER / CAMERA OPERATOR / VIDEO EDITOR
NEW COVENANT M.B. CHURCH — CHICAGO, IL
• Media Ministry Director
• Working in live and control room environments during worship services, concerts/musicals, workshops, conferences, conventions, etc.
• Performing various audio/video tasks: audio recording/mixing, video recording, camera operation, equipment setup/takedown, equipment troubleshooting, live online streaming
• Weekly church telecast video editing and post-production
• Recording/mixing monthly church announcements and radio commercial spots

OCT 2016 - JAN 2018
AUDIO ENGINEER
REGGIES — CHICAGO, IL
• Operating audio tasks for concert shows at Reggies Music Joint and Reggies Rock Club
• Participating in audio mixing/recording, equipment load-in/out, equipment set up/takedown, equipment maintenance/troubleshooting, remote recording for Lollapalooza Music Festival

OCT 2017 - DEC 2017
LEAD SOUND / LIGHTING TECHNICIAN
FAIR LADY PRODUCTIONS, INC. — NAPERVILLE, IL
• Operating the audio/visual and lighting aspects for theatrical plays and private events at Center Stage Theatre and Kidz Kabaret
• Participating in rigging/hanging lights, unloading/moving lighting equipment, programming lighting cues, audio recording/mixing, audio equipment set up/takedown, equipment troubleshooting

NOV 2015 - FEB 2016
VIDEO PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / GRAPHIC DESIGNER
MABBLY — CHICAGO, IL
• Working with members of the production and content development team on various aspects of video development and post-production
• Assisting with camera (DSLR) and videography operation during interviews, including directing and interviewing, and capturing B-Roll footage
• Assisting with video editing of interviews and shows for Advisor TV

MAR 2015 - SEPT 2016                           
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / COORDINATOR
MEDIA PROCESS GROUP — CHICAGO, IL
• Assisting the Director, DP (Director of Photography), and Sound Mixer with equipment and tasks during production shoots
• Participating in set staging, equipment set up/takedown, equipment storage/transportation, personnel transportation, food arrangements, timecode transcription, data wrangling, boom microphone operation, interview scheduling, and project management

MAR 2011 - MAY 2011
STUDIO INTERN
CHICAGO RECORDING COMPANY — CHICAGO, IL
• Maintaining the upkeep of various studios and areas
• Assisting as a runner for studio and client needs
• Participating in studio session setup/takedown

JAN 2008 - AUG 2008
STUDIO INTERN
HINGE STUDIOS — CHICAGO, IL
• Maintaining the upkeep of various studios and areas
• Assisting as an assistant engineer, receptionist, and runner
• Participating in studio session setup/takedown
• Operating various studio equipment and documenting recall sheets for sessions

PROFESSIONAL CREDITS

2017
Screenland: Arcade Renaissance (Red Bull TV), How It Really Happened: Jeffery Dahmer (CNN), Make It With Menards (YouTube), Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (PBS American Masters)

2016
MLB Postseason: Chicago Cubs (FOX Sports), Art21: Chicago (PBS), The 3rd Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival (truTV), Being: Michelle Williams (BET/Centric), The Talk (PBS), Method Soap

2015
Dave Chapelle: Live From Thalia Hall, Jubilee Showcase (PBS), Rise: The Promise of My Brother's Keeper (Discovery Channel/OWN)

SKILLS

General
Apple Macintosh, PC, macOS High Sierra, Microsoft Windows 10, Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)

Audio
Avid ICON D-Control, Avid Venue D-Show, Avid Control 24, SSL AWS 900+, SSL Matrix, Amek 9098i, Allen & Heath GL2800, Allen & Heath Qu-32, Behringer X32, PreSonus StudioLive AR12, Studer A827, Avid Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Propellerhead Reason, Adobe Audition, QLab

Video
Canon 1D-X Mark II, Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon XA10, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere Pro, After Effects), Roland VR-50HD

Visual Communication
Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat DC, Lightroom), HTML/CSS, MediaShout

HONORS & AWARDS

Dedication Award — Media Ministry (New Covenant M.B. Church, 2014)
Course Director’s Award — Music Business Final Project (Full Sail University, 2011)
Course Director’s Award — Record Label Development (Full Sail University, 2011)
Course Director’s Award — Entertainment Business & Law (Full Sail University, 2011)