Ron Franklin

Audio Production

Adjunct Faculty, Media Arts and Audio Production
The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

Ron Franklin

I help them realize that it is up to them to acquire the skills and connections to succeed in a creative business. Ron Franklin , Adjunct Faculty, Media Arts and Audio Production , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Immediately after High School, I was accepted as a triple science major but changed to a music major just before classes started. I had made a music album with a friend (I wrote half the songs) during my senior year and realized that was my true calling. I never regretted that decision. 
I went on to receive a Master of Music degree and teach college for many years.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

I relate stories of my direct experience working as a creative professional in Hollywood and for companies in the media business to provide examples of how challenges and opportunities will arise in their professional career. 
In the Portfolio class for Media Arts students, they are shown the online tools for creating their web presence. After examining examples of well-made professional portfolios, they jump in and start building their website and gallery based on my instruction of what is required. After viewing their work with the class and soliciting input from other class members, I work with them individually to improve their design and content. By modeling best practices and receiving helpful input from classmates, their work often improves far beyond their original vision.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

In my class, collaboration, especially in the form of sharing ideas and critiquing designs for other students in the class is critical to achieving the best Portfolio.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

I help them realize that it is up to them to acquire the skills and connections to succeed in a creative business. Developing an array of related media skill sets and positioning yourself to develop multiple avenues of income or employment is an important aspect of the creative lifestyle. I help point them to various online resources available to creative individuals so they understand that it is up to them to use these resources for their benefit.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you, your experience, or your role as a faculty member at The Art Institutes?

I work professionally in the media arts and music here in the San Diego area. I am a performing musician locally, playing solo classical guitar and also popular music with my band.  In addition to teaching at The Art Institute of California—San Diego, I teach private music lessons in my studio in Rancho Bernardo. I am also an Emmy-winning video producer and have my own video production company, Soapbox Multimedia.