Assistant Director of the Humanities Megan Gray interviews Jessie Lemmons, alumni from the Arts & Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Please see our upload list for the extended version of this interview.
Megan Gray: Hi I'm here with Jesse Lemons. He graduated from undergrad and masters here in the Arts and Technology program here at University of Texas at Dallas. Tell us a little bit about how you got into the ATEC program.
Jesse Lemons: I got paired up with a guy who was telling me about a program that was about to get launched-- where you get to do stuff like make video games, and I said what? Why am I studying Computer Science?
Gray: So in the Arts and Technology program there are different areas where students can concentrate in whether it be video game design or animation or sound design. Tell us about where you landed.
Lemons: I kind of... I had this inkling, this kind of a notion that I wanted to toy with editing audio and stuff. So I did that kinda in my spare time a little bit in high school and finally got to do like an actual sound design class, which was taught by
Dr. Dufour. So that's when it hit me that like this is a lot of fun, you know?
This is what I wanted to do.
You know whenever I took my first intro to the sound design class we
didn't have a sound booth or anything, so we were just kind of like working with... you know, where's the quietest place in this building that we can record audio?
Now we've got a dedicated sound lab with the sound booth that you can record in, and it's free to different students to utilize. [It's] got like a pretty nice set up in there, but it just doesn't even compare to what's going to be in this new building.
Gray: What are things that you recommend for our
undergraduates to be doing in order to help make them successful?
Lemons: One thing that I think is a little bit understated is get to know your fellow students so building those connections, in this kind of environment where it's pretty relaxed is a great foot in the door to to getting a job in the industry.