Scripps Career Pathways: Christopher Summers, BSC '12, entrepreneur of Doing Justice IShine
Christopher graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 2012 with a degree in audio production and a minor in music. Five months ago, while working full time for Huntington Bank, Christopher started an audio production company that specializes in music production and artist services.
What do you do?
I network with a couple different artists each day via Twitter and Facebook. I make music and put it up for sale on my website. I work on my website everyday to make it more appealing and user friendly. I am also focusing on ranking high in search engines. I set goals for myself in order to enhance my company.
How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career thus far?
It has helped me a lot. The college faculty showed me how to properly network with people and make a solid brand. My degree has helped me with networking, finding potential clients and making a good media brand that will stand out.
How did your extra-curricular activities or internship(s) help you with your career?
The electives helped tremendously. Post Production Audio class was where we learned how to insert sound effects, vocals and background music into motion pictures. The opportunity broadened my horizon. It allowed me to enhance my communication skills and diversify my interest in the media.
What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
Not giving up and being positive and honest with myself. I surround myself with honest, critical people. I would be down on myself and think this wasn’t for me because stepping into the small business world and owning your own business is tough. My personal courage and being persistent and having confidence in myself has helped me along the way.
What is a typical day like for you in this position?
A typical day can be tiring; I get up and write my goals for the month, I have a goals notebook. I check my budgets and then go through the social media sites and find good artist to talk about on my blog. In return, I let them know I reached out to them and hope they will come back to me. I will always be working on my website, making music and posting it on my website. I am trying to make powerful connections with other like-minded people. Right now, I am in the investing stage of my business and just collecting funds.
What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Always follow your heart and be honest with yourself. Always set goals for yourself and push yourself to do them. You will not be able to accomplish what you want to without being motivated. Instead of hoping for something to happen, make it happen for yourself.
- Katie Quinn, social media intern