ABOUT 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, during high school, really helped to define my interests and fostered a love for the entertainment business. I worked in a movie theatre and I was eventually promoted to projectionist and developed a love for presenting entertainment to other people. I got my first taste of graphic design while putting up the new movie posters every week. I marveled at the design of the great ones, and this eventually led me to major in graphic design in college.
I majored in Graphic Design at Winthrop University and while still in school I was able to land a part-time job at the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, NC. I started out designing graphics for newscasts and quickly learned animation and video editing.
I've worked in a creative capacity for television for the last 18 years. I've seen that business change and evolve and I've had to change with it. More than anything, the TV business has taught be to come up creative decisions quickly and execute them efficiently.
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.
I’d love to use my skills to help you with your next project.
Contact me using the button below or give me a call at 773-573-9008
Some other creative pursuits I’m involved in:
In 2018 I started a project to bring culturally important films to Central Phoenix, an area that we feel is underserved by the big theater chains.
PHX Film Collective creates community events at various local venues and one day hopes to operate an independent nonprofit movie theatre in Central Phoenix.
I’ve been podcasting since 2016, either as a host, producer or editor. I created Halftone Audio to represent the podcasting arm of the business.
On the Grid is a podcast hosted by Philip Haldiman, in which he interviews the artists, entrepreneurs and newsmakers helping to make Phoenix a great city. I produce and edit this show.
The Vocal Fries is the podcast about language discrimination, hosted by my wife, Carrie Gillon, and Megan Figueroa. These two linguists teach you not to judge others by the way they speak. I produce and edit this show.
The People v Batman v Superman is a show hosted by myself and DC Comics fanatic Dennis Cooper. In the 26 episodes we talk about our displeasure with Zack Snyder’s 2016 film, as well as talk about the history of DC Comics on film. I also produced and edited this show.
Poor Yorick Entertainment is my art blog dedicated to David Foster Wallace’s novel Infinite Jest. I started out illustrating the film posters from James O. Incandenza’s fictional filmography and eventually branched out into exploring other visual artifacts of the novel. In 2013 I gave a talk on this project at the International David Foster Wallace Conference at Illinois State University.