Chris Ayers

I've been drawing since I was four years old and haven't stopped creating since. I've never had any doubts about what kind of career I would have, I just had no idea where it would take me. I've been lucky enough to participate in projects ranging from local and national television, live theatre, internet radio broadcasting, podcasting, and motion pictures. In short, I love commercial art and entertainment. 

My first job, when I was 16, really defined my interests. I worked in a movie theatre after school and grew to love the entertainment business.  I was eventually promoted to projectionist and developed a love for presenting entertainment to other people. One of my favorite parts of that movie theatre job was changing out the new posters on Thursday nights.  I marveled at the design of the great ones, and sometimes was even able to take them home. My high school bedroom was covered wall-to-wall in movie posters.

I majored in Graphic Design at Winthrop University, yet still made time to travel home on weekends and holidays to work in the movie theatre. When I was nearing graduation, the career services department at my university recommended me for a temporary job opening at the local NBC Affiliate WCNC as a graphic designer for their newscasts. I began to learn the TV business while I was still in school. When I graduated, that temp job turned into a full time job.

I've worked in a creative capacity for television for the last 15 years. I've seen that business change and evolve slowly, and then drastically in the last few years. I've had to change with it to survive and have picked up a lot of skills along the way.

I've set down roots in Phoenix, AZ, a city I would never have imagined myself living in when I was younger. Phoenix has proven to be a great environment. There are so many opportunities here for someone like me who is enterprising and creative.  It's a perpetual blank slate that now seems to be developing its own identity and I'm happy to be a part of it.


Some random facts about me:

Favorite books:
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

Favorite films:
Red - Krzysztof Kieslowski
Rushmore - Wes Anderson
Chungking Express - Wong Kar-Wai
The Empire Strikes Back - Lucas / Kershner

Favorite bands / musicians:
Wilco, R.E.M., Bob Dylan

I love comic books and graphics novels. I even managed to be an onscreen extra in 2008's The Dark Knight.

I host an ongoing film series in my backyard called Phoenix Backyard Cinema.

I once hosted an online radio show devoted to Alt. Country and Americana on Radio Phoenix.

I am producer of a podcast called On the Grid which features interviews with creative people in Phoenix.