What are Humber’s School of Media Studies and Information Technology grads up to now?
Monique Munoz (Visual and Digital Arts, 2010)
Munoz graduated from Humber in 2010, the start of a journey through the world of digital arts. It wasn’t easy though. At some points Munoz had to put her art aside.
“I sold my art, my digital art prints at ComiCon expos, art expos. I would set up my table with my friends while I had another job,” she says.
Even when Munoz is out on the job, she never forgets to mention her positive experiences from her Humber days.
“Honestly, I liked all the classes. I really do tell people when they see me at my table (at ComiCon and art expos) and I’m really happy to say I went to Humber. I really liked how hands-on it was,” she says.
During her time at Humber, Munoz was pushed outside of her comfort zone and was really forced to expand her art.
“Before Humber I was only doing one style of art but in classes I was forced outside my comfort zone to try new things, especially digitally,” she adds.
Currently Munoz works as a full-time 2-D artist at a digital gaming company called Glu.
“The program really influenced my style and it really changed and developed. That was probably the best part,” Munoz says.
Gary Hayes (Film and Television Production, 2009)
Hayes graduated from the Film and Television Production program in 2009. To him, the most memorable thing about the program was to be given the opportunity to explore every job in the industry.
“I liked the producing aspect of it. At the time I didn’t like directing but I like it now,“ he says.
Now a production co-ordinator for Disney Channel, Hayes says team building is one of the more important lessons to take away from the program.
“Having the experience of working a crew to do the documentaries/short films that we did gave me an appreciation for how the teams have to work together,” he explains.
Hayes credits his program for his punctuality and people skills.
“Gaining people skills to feel comfortable enough in my field helped, in any situation,” he adds.
Currently, Hayes is attending Royal Roads University to get his Master’s in Global Leadership. Due to the industry always changing, Hayes emphasizes the need to adapt and learn more.
“I have to maintain my connections because you never know where the next job will come from,” he says.
Marielle Torrefranca (Journalism, 2015)
Torrefranca graduated from the Journalism program in 2015. Since graduating she has worked as a reporter and news writer.
Currently she is at CBC News Network. “Right now, I’m doing all sorts of things. CBC is a funny place like that where you just float around to different shows,” Torrefranca says.
“I write news that Heather Hiscox reads in the morning, which is a shift that starts at 3 a.m. and ends at 10:30 a.m. That’s me everyday, then sometimes I write for different shows on News Network. During stints like summer I am a reporter on-air for radio, TV and online.”
In her time at Humber, she says that got her to where she is now in her career is the interview skills she was taught while in the program. “You learned a certain way to listen and a certain way to talk to people,” she adds about the program.
Torrefranca credits the hands on experience as one of the better parts of the program. Being among peers and real industry professionals had a positive affect on her, I think that was the most memorable part … how prepared and confident you got to feel in the middle of these real stories,” she says.
Shemroy Parkinson (Post-Grad Radio Broadcast, 2011)
Perkins graduated from the Post-Grad Radio Broadcast program in 2011. Camaraderie and teamwork were the elements that he remembers having the most influence on him while in school.
“Not just my classmates but my professors were all very engaging and helpful.”
A bond was made between Perkins and his peers that has shaped the way he copes in the broadcast business.
“Our professors were very open and honest with us, to tell us ‘Look it was by no means of a cakewalk. It’s a fun industry to be in but a lot of hard work’,” he says.
From a technical standpoint, Perkins praises Humber’s facility.
“Having a school that has its own radio station, so you can actually get your hands on a board and talk through a mic and also get feedback from a professor was super helpful,” Perkins adds.
Currently, Perkins works at local radio station Kiss 92.5 as a weekend swing announcer and main board operator. He hopes to continue to expand his range in the industry.
Mac Lenters (Visual and Digital Arts, 2012)
Lenters graduated from the Visual and Digital Arts program in 2012. Even before that, he was taking part in projects that set him up for success. He credits the professors for helping him experience more than just the foundations of the program.
“We did a project with Holt Renfrew and we did a little something with Ubisoft. That was a lot of fun.”
Outside of learning how to career manage right down to the basics like prepare a portfolio, Humber was able to also ready Lenters for the business aspect of his career as an artist. Right now, he’s doing a lot of paintings and commissions so learning how to handle business transactions and deal with people is important.
“They teach you how to artistically deal with people business-wise, which is very helpful, because I think business is the hardest part when it comes to art. We did a lot of stuff with branding which is really interesting … a bonus,” he says.
Currently, Letners is a practicing professional artist but also taking the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD to enhance his skills.