Tyrel Davis

2017 Film Alumnus

  • Program: Film
  • Employer: The Content House Chicago
  • Position: Contract Editor

Tyrel’s Story

What do you like most about working at The Content House Chicago as well as additional projects?​

I like the collaboration. Just being under experienced leaders and being able to learn, but still have input and creative freedom is great. Some of my work is televised, so it’s great to have that on my Résumé.

What piece of advice do you have for TFC candidates currently job searching?

Build your portfolio! It is an industry where you are defined by the work you have done. Create a massive portfolio, and keep it accessible for potential employers to view it. For example, having your work on your own website. A résumé is only a glimpse of who you are. Having work to actually line up with the credentials on your résumé, gives you an edge.

How did your experience at TFC help you to join your industry?

Collaboration. Working with other departments (Recording Arts, VFX, Writers, etc.), helped me to develop a respect and understanding for every aspect of my craft. People in the industry are often looking for someone who is well rounded, so having knowledge in multiple areas is important.

Should the opportunity to potentially hire TFC graduates were to come along, what would you look for in candidates?​

For one, people who are easy to work with. No one cares how good your work is if you are stubborn and think you know everything. Be humble and be considerate. Another is their work. Some things look good on paper, but can you do quality work?

What was your favorite thing about TFC?

The unlimited resources. The cameras, editing suites, audio suites. The resources are endless at TFC. There’s no reason not to create quality work to build your portfolio with the equipment accessible for FREE at Tribeca Flashpoint College.

Name one thing that made you choose TFC over other colleges?

Simply, it was small. Which means it is more hands-on than larger schools. That means more attention, which means more knowledge and opportunities.

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would utilize the free resources more than I did for independent projects. And I would join clubs, for two reasons: For more networking and for more learning. A great peace of advice I got was to join clubs outside of your major. If you are a film student, why not join the Audio Engineer Society and learn some audio? Or even the VFX Club? It’s like getting 2 educations for the price of one.

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