In partnership with the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference and the Coleman Foundation, “The Artist/Entrepreneur Conundrum” is a 5-part series currently premiering digitally and on the broadcast network CAN TV.

The premise? As artists, we must make a decision about whether we plan to monetize our artistry or work a job that pays the bills then do art on the side. We must also decide whether to fall victim to the “starving artist” phenomena or learn how to make a great living to pay for the best art supplies money can buy! In this series, the Eyes On Your Mission Chicago apprenticeship program has created a 5-part series explores the inner conflict that many artists experience when learning to build a business. It’s not enough to be a great artist; we must be great promoters of our own work if we are to be paid what we’re worth. Success in balancing creativity and self-employment will magnetize new clients, deepen emotional relationships with existing clients, and amplify your extraordinary artwork to attract supporters in ways you can’t even imagine until you try.

As part of its dedication to Chicagoland Entrepreneurship, the Coleman Foundation, funded a modified EOYM Academy that paired five video production apprentices with five young self-employed artists who strategically leveraged the SEA Conference to propel their trajectory learning into the real world. Michael Hennessy, President of the Coleman Foundation, commented, “After 17 years of funding the local SEA Conference, The Eyes On Your Mission Project appealed to us because the research will provide insights that will allow us to think past the conference alone into cultivating a community-sourced pipeline of inspired and dedicated artists who have developed core self-employment skills, know where to find and how to use community resources, and who feel confident supporting themselves financially being self-employed.”

“The Artist/Entrepreneur Conundrum” 5-part series features:

TEAM LEADER:  Carrie Ruckel / Chicago Media Liason

PROGRAM CONTACT:  Jessica Kizorek / 305.912.EYES / academy (@) eyesonyourmission.org

  • BRANDON
    BRANDON
  • CARRIE
    CARRIE
  • CATHERINE
    CATHERINE
  • EMILY
    EMILY
  • ERIC
    ERIC
  • LEANNA
    LEANNA
  • MIKE
    MIKE
  • NICOLE
    NICOLE
  • SHIFRA
    SHIFRA
  • SUNNY
    SUNNY
  • THOMAS
    THOMAS
BRANDON
Name : Brandon Barnes
Email : mixedcapitalmedia@gmail.com
Contact No : 7086395683
Address : 1619 Estate Circle
Naperville, IL.
United States
Portfolio Website : https://www.flickr.com/photos/mixedcapitalmedia/

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Photography,Video Editing,Voice Over,Storytelling / Copywriting,Research

Training :

Currently, I am completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology as a non traditional transfer student and dual income household at North Central College. Recently, I am working as a student assistant in the campus library’s Archives and Special Collections department where I co-curated an exhibit and produced a video highlighting the academic curriculum, social activism and community organizing principles of African American alumni during the Civil Rights and Black Power movement at North Central. Previously, while volunteering with the DuSable Museum of African American History I made an appearance on the 30th season of Jeopardy!

Professional Goals :

To apply my leadership and technical experience in library information data entry, digital management, archival data research and instructional media technology resource installation. Additionally, as an undergraduate studying public sociology and cultural anthropology buidling a start up business in video production and stock photography I am interested in policy research concerning diversity and inclusion to the visual composition of narrative storytelling and commercial advertising.

CARRIE
Name : Carrie Ruckel
Email : ruckel77@hotmail.com
Contact No : 773-793-1767
Address : 3423 W Palmer St
Chicago IL 60647
Portfolio Website : Carrieruckel.com

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Project / Client Management,Photography,Video Editing,Public Relations / Media Relations,Research

Training :

BFA from The School of the Art Institue of Chicago
MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts
Chicago Access Network Television (CANTV)
I have a wide variety of experience and have worked in many different genres. I have worked with grassroots and non profit organizations and individuals to help them get their message out to the world.

Professional Goals :

I’ve been working independently and for CANTV for over 10 years. I’d like to learn new skills including technical as well as more experience working collaboratively. I want to work on social justice issues and with artists.

CATHERINE
EMILY
Name : Emily Fesler
Email : thedryfox@gmail.com
Contact No : 6055954513
Address :914 6th Ave NE

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Photography,Video Editing,Graphic Designer,Motion Graphics,Coding / Programming

Training :

I currently study at Northern State University, in Aberdeen SD. I am currently working on my Bachelor’s in Graphic Design/Multimedia Design so I’ve jumped all over the place with my classes. I did very well in my 2D Motion Graphics (animation) class as well as my video edited class. I am getting very into photography and growing a passion for camera work. One of my photography pieces was accepted into this SEA conference exhibition as well. I’m looking for any and all opportunities to learn more.

Professional Goals :

I want to experience something different. I want to be apart of a team, to learn, and get the most out of my experiences as I can. You only get out of something, what you put into it. And I intend to put in a lot of work.

ERIC
Name :Eric Phillips
Email : phillips.ericjames@gmail.com
Contact No : 6308358052
Address :2727 N Pine Grove Ave,
Apartment 305
Chicago, IL 60614
United States of America
Portfolio Website : http://www.ericjphillips.com/

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Photography,Video Editing

Training :

“College of DuPage, Associate in Applied Science in Photography, 2013.

The Theatre School at DePaul University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, 2017.

I have had many amazing teachers in my life. One of those teachers was Miles Lowry. Miles was my studio photography professor at College of DuPage. Miles had been a high end studio photographer for many years, and he always pushed us to perform at that level. He taught us how to look at, and perfect, every tiny detail in a photograph, because it was those tiny details that would distinguish the great photos from the good photos. That need for perfection became more than practice for me, it became my whole philosophy for creating work in any medium.

Learning new technology is easy. Making meaningful connections is really important to me. My background in photography, video, and theatre gives me a broad range of skills, an eye for quality production, and an almost sick passion for preparation.”

Professional Goals :

I want to learn how to interview others well, and also learn how to make a video business both sustainable and charitable. I believe you do both brilliantly.

LEANNA
MIKE
NICOLE
Name : Nicole Garza
Email : garzanl@outlook.com
Contact No : 7737509095
Address : 5350 N. Nordica Chicago,
Illinois 60656
Portfolio Website : http://garzanl.wixsite.com/ngarza

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Video Editing

Training :

A majority of my training I have learned in college at Concordia University Chicago. I have taken several Media Production courses and completed my first documentary on bullying among high school girls. In addition I have completed a documentary with my colleague on the intersection between music and mental health. I am currently the General Manager of my campus tv and radio station and work as an audio producer/student worker in our Media Productions department. I am actively involved in producing, editing and directing our monthly news shoots as well as broadcasting sports games and audio recording all music events on campus. I am currently creating my third documentary about women in media for my senior project, a promo video for a non for profit organization, as well as a recruitment video for my school’s College of Business.

Professional Goals :

I hope to continue my interest in film and learning more techniques in order to advance my skill set. I enjoy creating documentaries and telling people’s stories as well as raising awareness towards various issues.

SHIFRA
SUNNY
THOMAS
Name : Thomas K Johnson
Email : thomaskyjohnson@gmail.com
Contact No : 4026160005
Address : 7400, Augusta Street, River Forest, IL, United States
Box #499
Portfolio Website : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWL1626tug4_-g2cYo27D2g

Social Links :

Skills Sets :

Videography (Camera Operator),Project / Client Management,Photography,On-Camera Talent,Video Editing,Voice Over,Comedian / Humorist,Musician / Music Producer,Storytelling / Copywriting

Training :

“I first began making videos in 2009 in 5th grade. I was fully self taught, save for the occasional YouTube video tutorial. I continued to make videos for years after but it did not get really serious until my junior year. My High School (Concordia High school in Omaha Nebraska) hosted a yearly talent show. In 2015 My friends and I decided to make several videos for the event. We planned it and I edited them all together for the show. In many ways they were the highlight of the event (In fact, our parody video is the first result when you YouTube search Concordia Lutheran High School). We decided, upon the success of that, to created “Concordia Live”, a knock off of a local show called “Omaha Live”, a knock off of the ever famous, “Saturday Night Live”.

The following year we submitted a video to the Nebraska Ethanol Board’s Field to Fuel contest. It was a huge success and we snatched first place! The Board interviewed me about our initial idea and success. I told them about the talent show and our inspiration from Omaha Live. Several days later I was called out of class by my principal. “What did I do this time?” I asked myself. He took me into his office and took a big sigh. “I got this email from someone from…Omaha Live? Do you know anything about this?”

Needless to say, I was stunned. As it turns out, Omaha Live saw the Enthanol Board’s article and wanted to air our sketch on Local TV and even do a co-op video with us! I was thoroughly excited.

Fast forward to a few months later and the sketch was filmed and done airing on Local Television. It was truly an amazing experience. We were able to include anout 30 kids from the school and each of them loved the oppurtunity to be silly and appear on Television. I would definitely call this a highlight of my high school career.

To answer the other questions, I studied at Concordia Junior Senior High School in Omaha Nebraska and am now enrolled in Concordia University Chicago for Communications with an emphasis in Media. I have loved my music teachers all through education and my high school band director was really a huge advocate for the entire idea of Concordia Live. I owe much of the club’s success to him.

I was the founder and head of Concordia Live for two years as well as student body president for my senior year. I was also involved in just about every musical activity in my high school (save for the athletics).

In high school I also graduated with a 4.01 and recieved The Mustang award for being the person who best represented the school for what it stood for. I am also an Eagle Scout and love everything involved with camping and nature. I recently helped direct a short film with my friend for a 48 hour film festival. We received best costume! We then decided to submit it into the Omaha Film Festival. We have yet to hear what place we recieve, but the festival board put it right at the top spot! I also occasionally volunteer with Sophia Wong and her Asian Popup Film festival when I have an open weekend.

Sorry for the ecclectisiscm of the last paragraph, but I didn’t want to leave any questions largely unanswered. In all, I am really excited to continue on this path towards professional filmigraphy and leadership and I hope this project can help me to achieve those goals! Thanks for reading my short novella.”

Professional Goals :

The end goal is to make movies that really make people feel. There is something so human about the arts that really connects people and I want to tap into that. Of course it’ll be many days down the road, but hopefully Eyes on Your Mission can help me to gain some experience and get a foot in the door. I really love the technical aspects of videography like lighting, gear, stands, tripods, slides, drones, etc. and how those relate to story telling. The one really big thing I hope to pick up on is how professionals work through problems and how the general interworking actually work. I always love to see “how the pros do it” and then follow that in my personal projects. I’m really hoping this could help me to achieve my future goals in the field.

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