Alumni Interview: Keith Henry
Keith Henry has been in love with music for as long as he can remember. Growing up in a musical family, he took up the guitar at an early age. From playing in bands to recording them, he's even recorded his own children's album, The Adventures of Bean Head, Diaper Britches and Uncle Gackel. Not only was this release nominated for The Parents Choice Awards, it also won honorable mention in the 2003 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
In January of 2003, Keith moved westward, where he started his classes at The Art Institute of Seattle. Since graduating, some of his achievements have included being part of the voiceover team for The Sim's Superstar Expansion Pack and production work on several animated shorts and music CDs. Now, he's taking a break from his busy schedule to answer a few questions about The Art Institute of Seattle and some of his current work.
How did The Art Institute help you to grow as an artist?
For me, I feel like it helped to solidify and remind me of several things, most importantly, giving me confidence in things that I already knew. And it also answered questions about things that I believed to be true (technically), but wasn't yet sure of. Plus, it was an exhilarating creative environment.
Did your instructors influence you?
Immensely, each and every one of them.
Where do you work and what does the company do?
I work at Hanzsek Audio/Video and part time as an Audio Video technician at The Art Institute of Seattle. At Hanzsek Audio, we provide full service audio multitracking, voice-over recording, audio restoration, CD mastering, DVD authoring, and video editing.
What are you currently working on?
I just finished recording/mixing two punk bands, as well as CD mastering an audio training CD. And I'm currently working on a multitrack production with a Christian music group.
How do you come up with your ideas?
That's hard to say, really. Sometimes ideas have been in my head for months and longer, but they don't develop immediately. Sometimes, ideas may come from pressing deadlines or may come while the pressure is on.
What do you think it really takes to succeed in your field, if you could boil it down to a few essential things?
Why should someone choose The Art Institute of Seattle?
Since my initial arrival, I have seen a lot of great improvements with gear and technology. The school definitely tries to stay up to date. The instructors in my field were all great and seemed to truly care about what they were doing.
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