Jaime Black – Adjunct Faculty - Introduction to Managment (ITM)Where are you from?
Chicago by way of Oak Park
What is your story?
The very short version is I got my start in the media industry at the age of 15 with an internship at the now defunct alternative radio station Q101. I worked there for 13 years (1998-2011), and during that time (in 2005), began podcasting. Over the past few years, I've been able to make podcasting my full time job, and that, combined with my assorted media industry experience, brought me into Columbia.
How would you describe yourself in 3-5 words?
Passionate about innovation and technology.
What projects have you been working on recently?
Recently I'm working on a number of live events for my Dynasty Podcasts company, including live industry interview events at the Chicago GRAMMY office, the Music Dealers office, workshop panels with the City of Chicago, and more.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I read a lot. Not only books, but quality web outlets like Fast Company, Wired, Billboard Biz, etc. I'm always interested in learning where music/media/digital/culture is heading, and thinking about how I can shift my model towards the next evolution.
How does your time outside the classroom influence your time in the classroom?
It all overlaps heavily. Oftentimes, what I learn about or execute for my own work is applicable to the lesson plans we dissect in my classroom. So there's a lot of great synergy there.
For example, I hosted a live industry panel last year at Rockit Bar & Grill, for my Dynasty Podcasts industry series there. The panel focused on monetization in the digital space. I was able to show the film of that panel during one of the weeks that we were examining new economic models.
What words of wisdom would you give to current students?
To start doing whatever they're passionate about and want to do for a living right now. Like, as in today. We no longer exist in a climate where you have to get permission to follow your dreams, or wait for someone to hire you or fund what you want to do. You can use platforms like Tumblr and Twitter and Instagram and YouTube to start showcasing your work and branding yourself right now - and best of all, it's all completely free!! We've never had a more open entry point to the arts than right now, and the best thing any student at Columbia can do is take advantage of all the available resources - both within the school and online - to start building the career they want today.