Trent Staten-Spring 2016 Spotlight on Success

Trent StatenWhere did you grow up? Wellston Ohio

Where did you go to high school? Wellston High School

When did you graduate from Rio? May 2005

What was your major? Visual Art Comprehensive

What made you choose Rio? Rio was close to home, I had family members attend Rio and many of my friends went there as well. For me it was the best option both financially and geographically.

What was your best professional experience at Rio (exhibition, recital, performance, presentation, project, etc.)? There were 3 top experiences while studying at Rio. 1) Putting together our Senior Show exhibit and Reception, where I had the opportunity to see my work from the fours years in
the Art program in the museum setting, and getting to enjoy that with my friends, family and fellow students. 2) Winning Best of Show with my Mixed Media Sculpture, during my senior year student exhibition. 3) Traveling Abroad with the Master Program Class, getting to experience Rome, Venice, Pompeii, and Florence. It was absolutely remarkable and I will cherish the memories forever.

What was your favorite course at Rio…and why? Again a very difficult question! Photography Ceramics, Figure Drawing, and Printmaking were all good courses, but now that I am older Art History is something that still sticks with me every day. Just understanding the greats and how trends would run through time is something good to know. I still have my 40 pound book and look through it from time to time.

What do you miss most about Rio? The advice and expertise of the professors.

What advice would you give current students at Rio? Show up, don’t complain, and don’t suck.

Where do you work now? What’s your job title? I am a man of many hats. By day I work for Walt Disney Creative Entertainment live show and event production. I also work in the film industry as a Producer for TV shows, Commercials, and Films.

What was your first “big break”? Still waiting on that one.

What are some of your greatest or most recent professional achievements? Producing content for BMW North America marketing.

What kinds of art, music, writing, research or academic work are you doing now? Doing research for the next TV show pilot that we are working on.

What’s next in your career? I wish I knew, I am not sure what I am doing tomorrow!

If you couldn’t have your current career, what would you do for a living? Something in the Real Estate field

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If you could spend the day with any fine artist, living or dead, who would it be? Frank Lloyd Wright

What is your favorite book: Madison And Vine: Why the Entertainment and Advertising Industries Must Converge to Survive

Favorite artist: Pablo Picasso

Favorite musician: Jimmy Buffett

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite food: Cuban style food or Carolina BBQ brisket

Favorite quote: It’s kind of fun to do the impossible – Walt Disney

If you could move anywhere, where would you go? I really like it here in Central Florida. If I had to move it would have to be California simply based on the type of work that I do.

Do you live with a spouse, children, roommates or pets? My wife Lori and 2 Dogs: Marley and Lucy

What’s the one thing that most people don’t know about you? Right after college I got into the film industry doing stunts. I have fallen off buildings, been set on fire and hit by a Hummer!

Thank you, Trent, and congratulations on being chosen for the Spring 2016 Spotlight on Alumni Success!

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