Hello friends, and welcome back to another episode of the festivalPass Stories podcast! Our host Pat Tully sits down with another fascinating guest that has been in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. It is our honor to introduce award-winning producer Chris Homsley.
Television is one of the toughest trades to break into. Largely, it requires education, experience, strong connections, and technical and creative abilities. Even if you possess all those things, a run of good luck doesn’t hurt either. Coming from a theatre background from Auburn University with ties in music, Chris knew that he wanted to be behind the scenes on large productions. With a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and having played in a few garage bands himself, Chris finally got the moment to prove himself doing audio production for a smaller network. His work ethic allowed him to rise in the tv production ranks, and it wasn’t long before he was given the responsibility to produce his own projects.
Director Robert Rodriguez once said, “when given the opportunity, deliver excellence and never quit.” You can say that this is the driving force behind Chris Homsley's impressive production career. What started with sound production, became being the Senior Production Coordinator for the iconic Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games in 2002. Chris was assigned the responsibility of managing the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the games that year; the first international event since 9/11 at the time. Two years later, he was hired to be the Deputy Director of Operations for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Athens Summer Games. The Salt Lake Winter Olympics went on to win seven Emmy Awards.
Speaking of awards, Chris’s trophy case should be pretty full at this point. He’s a multiple Emmy award winner; two of which come from his astonishing work with the Red Bull Air Race, which he produced for three years. And he has also captured not one, but three Themed Entertainment Association Awards. Chris has also worked on the Overwatch World Cup, the Crane Dance at Resort World Sentosa in Singapore, and done productions for ESPN, HBO, and Nascar. After all this, Chris hopes to work on a music festival one day. Pat actually breaks some huge FPS news that Chris is currently open for a new project right now.
“It took somebody to come along and say the work that you are doing measures up quality-wise with everything else that’s competing in this particular category. So, there are ways to win Emmys without being the star of the show.” - Chris Homsley
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