Alumni Update – Patrice Scanlon

Patrice Scanlon
Graduated: 2000
Major: BM in Digital Arts

Q: What did you do after graduation and what are you doing now?
A: After graduation from Stetson, I went to Mills College and received my MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media. Currently, I am the Technical Director for the Intermedia Arts Program at Mills College. I also, work part-time at Expression College for Digital Arts where I teach labs for Audio Recording and Audio Post Production. In my spare time, I perform as an electronic musician both locally and globally.

Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you  took DIGA 101?
A: If you had told me 12 years ago while I was sitting in front of the computer looking at Pro Tools for the first time that I would go on to record bands, do sound design for Amanda Miller’s “Pretty Ugly Dance Company” and go on tour with Fred Frith in Germany for the “New Jazz Meeting”, I probably would have laughed in your face.

Q: What advice do you have for someone taking DIGA101 right now?
A: Know that this is a rewarding career path but you will need to make lots of sacrifices in order to succeed. There is a lot of competition out there so you will need to be better than the best. How you achieve that is by simply putting in every ounce of energy you have to your art and your skills. Never stop challenging yourself to learn new skills. Above all else, you have to have the personality to attract a community of professional artists. Being a part of community will get you more opportunities.

Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Digital Arts @ Stetson?
A: Being in the Digital Arts program at Stetson laid down a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and an opportunity to practice my art. Without that, I would never have been confident enough to go to Grad School and become a teaching assistant in recording at the age of 23. Plain and simply, the Digital Arts program at Stetson was the catalyst that launched my career, without that experience I would not be where I am today.

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