Nathan Reisman, at left with the cast of A & E's "Duck Dynasty," is co-owner and sound engineer at The Factory, a full-service creative agency in Memphis, Tenn.
A 2009 MU graduate, he earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial music with a focus on audio engineering and percussion performance. While at Millikin, Nathan participated in the World Percussion Ensemble, worked as an audio engineer and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi.
He began his career shortly after graduating from MU when he worked as a volunteer with a film crew in Louisiana, shadowing an audio engineer on a movie set and sleeping on a couch. That experience led to paid work as an audio engineer on a second film, also shot in Louisiana. Those two experiences helped him secure a position as director of audio productions with Dean Film & Video. In 2011, Nathan left Dean to form his own production company, The Factory.
Nathan has worked for numerous television networks, including ABC, Animal Planet, CBS, CNN, NBC, TV Land and VH1, completing projects ranging from MTV reality shows to HBO documentaries. In addition to his experience working on films and documentaries, he also has completed commercials and web projects. He notes that his experience in both video and recording studio production provide him with depth and a wide variety of audio skill with a range of knowledge in all areas of audio production.
Learn more about Nathan and The Factory at www.thefactorymemphis.com and www.imdb.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Nate_audio. Nathan and The Factory regularly hire interns interested in all facets of production.
Want to be spotlighted as the "Young Alum of the Month?" We are seeking recommendations and self-nominations for outstanding young alumni who have demonstrated innovative and responsible professional leadership and have the potential for future success. Email Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement, with a short write-up of why you or your nominee should be considered for this profile. Please include a list of successes and achievements in your nomination, and attach a portrait or headshot (if available). One alum will be featured each month in MY Times.
Just as springtime often reminds us to remove our closet clutter, it is also a great time to consider revamping your resume. Whether on the job hunt or just doing some routine maintenance, take time to refresh your resume with these tips:
Remove personal pronouns. Your resume is about you, so there is no need to say, “I have developed an updated filing system.” Instead say, “developed an updated filing system.”
Clear up inconsistencies. Use consistent formatting throughout your resume. If your job titles are bolded, then make sure each title is in bold and the same font. If Illinois is abbreviated in your address at the top of your resume, it should be abbreviated in every instance it appears on your resume. Make sure you are making consistent choices throughout your resume.
Highlight your accomplishments. If your resume simply lists job duties for previous positions, you are not focusing on your unique selling points. What did you bring to the position? What value did you add? Change a description of “trained employees” to “trained over 15 new hires by creating realistic client-based scenarios.”
Re-organize as needed. Ensure that the most important information on your resume is very visible. How do you determine what is important? Consider the job you want or the type of job you currently have. What skills and experiences are most relevant in showcasing the skills needed to do your desired job or current position? (Reading over a detailed job description can help with this). If necessary, list only the most relevant career work experiences (in reverse chronological order). Then add another section further down, “Additional Experience,” to list other positions that may be less critical to emphasize.
Proofread, then proofread again! Although obvious, it is important to take the time to make sure your resume is well organized, easy to read and error free. Try proofing from the bottom of your resume and moving up. Sometimes it will help you catch things you may have previously missed.
By Kristin Nisbet-White, assistant director of the Millikin Career Center
View the athletics schedule for baseball games and track and field meets.
Check out the concerts and shows at Millikin this month. Your Alumni Association membership card can get you a 10 percent discount on select MU fine arts events.
- Broadway Today!, May 11 at Kirkland Fine Arts Center
View the Millikin calendar for more upcoming events.
- May 13-17: Final Exams
- May 18: PACE/Master's Degree Commencement at Kirkland Fine Arts Center
- May 19: Traditional Undergraduate Commencement at Decatur Civic Center
- Oct. 4-6: Homecoming 2013
Here's a glimpse of student and alumni events this past month. Have a photo or video to share? Email Jaclyn Weisenborn, and your images could be shared with other young alumni!
Video: Millikin's Department of Theatre and Dance presented "Spring Awakening" earlier this spring. Check out the promo video here.
1: MilliSTAT students, with their adviser Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, laid a wreath at the Millikin-Aston mausoleum in Greenwood Cemetery as part of the Founder's Day Celebration held April 30.
2: Alex Berry '09 (left) and Christopher Weisenborn '08 were among the MU alumni who met with current students as part of the Speed Networking event at the Alumni and Development Center April 22.
3: Ted Bliefnick '04 served as a panelist during the May 2 Career Workshop and Networking event in Chicago. Pam Folger (right), director of MU's Career Center, was the event moderator.
4: The Millikin Men performed "Hail Our Alma Mater" during the Founder's Day Celebration on the Miller Quad.
We recently asked our Facebook alumni to share their favorite memories of the following professors who will be retiring at the end of this year and honored at May's Commencement ceremony: Dr. Cheryl Hilgenberg, professor of nursing; Dr. Clarence Josefson, professor of chemistry; Donald Luy, assistant professor of exercise science & sport; and Dr. Ronald YaDeau, associate professor of music. The late Dr. Larry Troy, professor of sociology, will also be honored.
Check out some of the responses on the Millikin Alumni Facebook page, and don't forget to "like" us, while you're there!
Have an idea for a Big Blue Question? Email Jaclyn Weisenborn '09, associate director of alumni engagement, with your suggestions.