Shane Roeschlein

Shane Roeschlein

Be present. Talk less. Listen more. Shane Roeschlein , Adjunct Faculty, General Education , 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?

I wrote a short story in high school English and was nominated for the Pen Award. The encouragement of my teacher was a huge factor in my desire to pursue storytelling through a multitude of mediums, poetry, fiction, songwriting, sketch comedy, short films… 

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 attempt to weave my experience into lectures and demos through anecdotes or examples. Examples can be both successful and not-so-successful. Usually, I try to articulate the things I (or the team) learned in doing. Like Mike Watt (bass player of the Minutemen/Iggy and the Stooges) says, “Knowing is in the doin’.”

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Trying to get to the heart of inspiration for each of the students is both challenging and can be rewarding. Finding that reason they’re pursuing education, leveraging their passion for their art and guiding them is what I try to accomplish. I’m still learning. My approach and tactics are iterative. 

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

In creative endeavors, collaboration is crucial. It helps us see things from different angles. Understand and empathize with viewpoints other than our own. Pushes us to work harder and find compromise without sacrificing integrity (ideally). When students from different disciplines work together they find the common narratives and themes that can unify their work. 

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?

To think critically.
Be present. Talk less. Listen more.