Senior films Carly Rae Jepsen, other celebs
This past April, senior electronic media and film major Joe Moore was given a rare opportunity. He was hired to film singer Carly Rae Jepsen for a 2013 celebrity mash-up video promoting Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. This experience gave Moore the opportunity to work with some of the most prestigious names in the music industry.
“I’m competing with a bunch of other people who want the same position that I do,” Moore said.
Raised in Davidsonville, Md., Moore has been filming his friends and making small movies since the age of 13.
“I didn’t seriously consider pursuing film and audio professionally until my senior year of high school, but I’ve always been interested in the music industry,” Moore said.
Now on the brink of graduation, Moore said he is grateful for all he has learned in his time at Towson.
“Towson definitely helped me with learning the technical aspects of film and audio,” Moore said. “Prior to Towson, I taught myself hands-on. Towson brought me a well-rounded education and experience.”
In addition to being a full time student, Moore also works full time for Soul World Entertainment. He commutes to Washington D.C. everyday and although the hours are long, Moore thinks that the experience is worth it.
“You gotta do what you gotta do,” he said.
Moore works at Soul World Entertainment, a D.C.-based production company, as an audio engineer and lead videographer, and has filmed many popular artists both in concert and behind the scenes.
Rick Ross, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Drake are just a few of the big names he has had the opportunity to work with.
“I’m supposed to be filming for Drake when he comes to D.C. for his concerts,” Moore said. “I’ll be filming for him the whole time he’s here, doing behind the scenes stuff.”
While Moore is uncertain whether he wants to pursue audio or film for his career, his aspiration is to become an audio engineer for Def Jam Recordings. Audio engineers are the people in the studio that record the songs and perfect them for the albums and the public.
Moore said he believes that there are two key things one needs in order to succeed in the industry: hard work and networking.
“You have to really want it and it has to be your main focus. I’ve sacrificed a lot to have these opportunities and it hasn’t come easily. You have to be patient. I worked the past five years on my craft to get the opportunity to film and work with the people in the music industry,” Moore said. “All these people are professionals and they expect you to act the same way. It’s a fun job, but at the end of the day, it’s still a job.”