Careers in Art Fair
Davis Elementary Cafeteria - Friday, January 22, 2016
Emma Lea Mayton
Monty Goulet is a tech savvy entrepreneur with 5 years in the video game space and 10 years in the audio space, he is currently located in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of Loyola University with degrees in Music Performance, Music Industry and Music Technology. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Music Technology Student award from the university. He started his career as a saxophone player back in 2001, and worked on electro-acoustic music for many years. He began his hard road into video games back in 2007 when he started working as a DJ for Crescent City Radio. He later became Chief Engineer of the station. In 2008, he became the president of Vital Sounds Recording He then went on to work for MunckMix, a live recording studio working on projects from New Orleans Jazz Fest Live. Some have even been nominated and won Grammy’s. He also helped develop multiple programs for electro-acoustic music that have since been used in multiple ensembles.
After his time in New Orleans, he went to work at Nintendo on Donkey Kong Country Returns (over 5 Million sold). After his first experience in game audio, he was contracted at the end of 2011, to work on an application for Jimmie “JJ” Walker of the TV Show, “Good Times” which Jimmie later premiered on David Letterman, this past June. The app was called Jimmie Walker Official App.
In June 2012, Monty founded his own independent game studio, Maestro Interactive Games, he has been the Creative Lead and Audio Director ever since. The studio is host to a number of community activities such as developer meet ups, game jams, and an incubator. They are currently developing a new title for the upcoming Nintendo system called Luna’s Tale.
Mr. Cowan has both a BA and a MA in architecture. He taught for two years at the University of Texas. He is a friend of Will Davis and and the proud architect of the Davis Elementary school, as well as several other AISD schools. Tommy Cowan, FAIA, retired from Graeber Simmons & Cowan in 2009, where he was a founding principal and managing partner of the 50-person Austin architecture firm. He is a Texas Architects Lifetime Achievement medalist, and an AIA Fellow.
An active community supporter and fundraiser, Mr. Cowan's passion is supporting the architecture profession, the arts, and education. He is a long time member of the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club and a proud McCallum High alumni, class of '63.
Mr. Cowan is a native born Austinite, and, together with his wife Ann, has two children and four grandchildren.
Ms. Manning has a degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas and is self taught in web design and basic graphic design. She created the website for The Tile Guy and has been helping with the Davis Elementary's web design for many years. Recently she used WordPress to update the NWA Kickball's website.
She lived in New York City from 2000-2003 and worked at Fox News Channel as an Executive assistant and then as a graphic designer. She was fortunate to start off there with a boss who let her train with the graphics department during her own time, and when a job opened up in that department she moved over there. She still uses the skills she learned as a graphic designer to edit photos and create marketing materials for her current business.