New platform to help kids explore careers in TV, film

Published: Monday, January 25, 2021 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
who have chosen to make homes in Oklahoma.

Meloyde Blancett, executive director of the nonprofit Creative Oklahoma, said this will be the first of many endeavors designed to highlight hundreds of career paths in a variety of arts and “innovation-centric” fields.

“If Oklahoma wants a robust, diverse economy, we must further one that supports and encourages creativity and innovation,” she said. “Exposing the state’s middle and high-school aged students to film and TV careers through the JA Inspire event is an important component in achieving that.”

Film and TV professionals featured on the career exploration platform will include Michael Andreaus, an actor; Tory Ayres-Costello, a production accountant; Ryan Bellgardt, special effects; Jacob Burns, an editor; Rachel Cannon, co-founder and co-CEO of Prairie Surf Media; Laron Chapman, screenwriter; Shelly D’Apolito, a makeup professional; Reagan Elkins, locations manager; Mollie Fabian, an actress; Chris Freihofer, casting director; Nathan Gardocki, unit production manager; A.J. Gundell, music supervisor; Ella Janes, director; Richard Janes, co-creator of the Oklahoma Film & Television Academy; Brandon Jones, key grip; Jennifer Loren, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Film Office; Steve Mathis, gaffer; Jack O’Dell, costume designer; Nicole Poole, artist and cultural activist; Grant Provence, production sound mixer; Kyle Roberts, director; Jaime Roman, producer; Jon Roman, cinematographer; Jay Shanker, entertainment attorney; Jerod Tate, composer; and Colin Warde, art department, along with Sofsky and Blancett.

To find out more, online go to or visit the Creative Careers YouTube channel at

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide nonprofit with a goal to develop a more entrepreneurial, innovation-based economy and an improved quality of life for all Oklahomans.

Maverick Arts promotes innovative collaboration between arts and industry to elevate cultural dialogue and experiences. The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is dedicated to growing the film and music industries statewide.

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