A concept which has played both formative and evolutionary roles in my personal and professional endeavors. Since my youth, I have felt a magnetism to sound, music, and storytelling. From listening to John William’s Star Wars compositions on an audio cassette player in a garage when I was 10, listening to the reverberations and sound waves interacting in a delicate promenade of creation and destruction, to programming envelopes into a digital audio workstation for my own music this week, a greater calling has always drawn me toward the sonic realm. The self-taught path, tortuous and naive at times, has ultimately allowed me to keep my passion in sound from a young age, but has also instilled in me the drive and importance of motion; the idea that what a person is worth is only as much as he or she is willing to put into him or herself, and that this worth must be constantly evolving and challenged to be the fuel for self-actualization.
Self-teaching only gets one so far, however (as I am too self-effacing to ever think to claim myself a genius in any capacity). In 2014, I graduated from the UNC School of the Arts with an MFA in Sound Design for theatre, a field in which I had neither studied nor worked until applying. I found that storytelling through audio was one of the most pleasurable tasks I had ever undertaken, and it allowed me to combine music composition and sound design into a gestalt of emotion, history, and empathy.
Though I have worked in several aspects, both technical and creative, of film, TV, theatre, and live music, I never felt fulfillment by any of these as I did through the idea being able to craft stories through sound alone. Through the music I create, the podcasts I release, classes I teach, or whatever enterprises I pursue, I continue spinning the wheels of my own evolution and passion, without which I would be bereft, silent.
What Clients Are Saying...
Paper Lantern Theatre Company has been fortunate enough to work with Jon on several productions over the last few seasons. Jon always brings something new to the table, conceptually and technically he pushes the boundaries, all the while respecting the overall vision of the show. His contribution to the story becomes critical because he always manages to find new, innovative and wonderfully effective ways to help tell it through his designs. Match this talent with his impeccable professionalism and it is easy to understand why he is the first Sound Designer we call at the start of every season. -Amy da Luz, Artistic Director @ Paper Lantern Theatre Company
Jon wasn't the last person I thought of when I needed audio work for my latest project, he was the first. Every asset was well planned, and the final product was the result of Jon's collaborative feedback process. In the end, I didn't get anything close to what I expected, I got a boatload more. -Chris Dunst, Senior Director @ The Office of Online Learning, UNCG
Working with you over the past two years has been such a pleasure. You are talented, fun to be with and super-knowledgeable in your craft. We will miss you... Come back any time! Thanks for everything! -John Bowhers, Producing Director @ Peppercorn Children's Theatre