In the music industry for almost 20 years, Aaron cut his teeth working with some heavy hitters. He engineered album projects for musical artists ranging from folk singers Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega to hip hop talent Mos Def. As a composer, he has made music for TV networks including HBO, NatGeo, Discovery, PBS and TLC. And let’s not forget his audio work on video games, independent films, and commercials for brands like Polaris, CarQuest, Travelocity and Georgia Pacific.
Not a big fan of flying, nowadays Aaron likes to keep things interesting on the ground at Trailblazer Studios. He heads up our music department, focusing on music composition and production. He also provides recording, editing, and mixing for our clients in advertising, TV, film and video gaming.
Oh, and he’s also known for his cheese biscuits. Some say they even rival those of our resident studio chef Garye Costner’s famous delicacies.
Aaron began his career as an assistant engineer in music studios in New York City during the mid ’90s, and moved up the ranks from there. All the while, he was playing in bands and learning his craft of composing and audio engineering from music pros like Mitchell Froom, Eddie Kramer and John Leventhal.
In the early 2000s Aaron moved in to audio post, working on TV commercials for Kill Bill, Cold Mountain, Gangs of New York and Chicago, as well as TV shows for VH1 and MTV. He joined Trailblazer Studios in 2004.
Aaron earned his B.A. in Art History/Photography at Bard College and his M.M. in Music Business and Technology at New York University.
Beth is a natural-born storyteller who packs a punch. She attacks (and we do mean attack) each project with passion, vision, and tenacity. She loves all forms of creativity – music, art, writing – you name it!
But it’s the realm of unscripted television that gives her the opportunity to fuse so many of these creative expressions into one project. Throw in the privilege of collaborating with so many talented people, both on and off camera, and you’ve got her perfect recipe for unlocking and telling one helluva a decent story. And just so you know, nothing leaves a bad taste in her mouth like a great story or character that is slighted by poor visual storytelling. There’s just no reason for it.
Beth started out in post-production as Assistant Producer for the successful docu-reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 (TLC). She often refers to that series as her version of boot camp, where she learned how to juggle multiple episodes amidst cranky editors and loveably fickle network execs. Adding production into the mix, Beth quickly rose up in the ranks and ultimately became Producer/Director/Writer on Kate Plus 8 (TLC).
Since then, she has served as Producer/Director/Writer for the TLC mini-series Abby & Brittany, Executive Producer for DIY Network’s hit docu-format Salvage Dawgs and the food-travel show, Southern Uncovered with the Lee Brothers on Ovation. Most recently, she directed and produced the HGTV pilot Minnesota Salvage and continues to bring fire and flair to our brand-spanking-new projects.
Believe it or not, Jason and Pablo Picasso have a lot in common. They both march to the beat of a similar drum. As Picasso said, “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” That’s how Jason views his art form as an editor at Trailblazer.
It’s not uncommon to hear Jason talking to the screen when he’s editing a show. Story is everything, and he looks at every second of footage with a view of how it pertains to the story. He loves taking an idea and raw footage and molding the two together. In this way, Jason acts as translator for the producer – making their vision a reality.
Outside of story crafting, you can find Jason war crafting. He plays video games … lots and lots of video games. Really, we’re talking excessive levels of videos games.
Starting out in the fast-paced, sink-or-swim world of news in the small town of Winston Salem, NC, Jason soon left for the big city of Chicago with no job in sight. He pounded the pavement until Towers Productions took a chance with him. It was there Jason cut his teeth on some challenging shows: Inside 9/11 (NAT GEO), American Vesuvius (HISTORY), Inside Hurricane Katrina (NAT GEO), and Inside Sadam’s Reign of Terror (NAT GEO). Eventually, he got a little homesick, returning to North Carolina where sweet tea flows like rivers, and fried food is on every table.
In 2007, Jason joined Trailblazer Studios where he began editing some of the most-viewed reality TV shows in the business: Jon and Kate plus 8, 19 Kids and Counting, and Salvage Dawgs. In 2013, Jason left Trailblazers in search of new stories to tell. As a preditor for Epic Games, he traveled the globe interviewing some of the most creative game developers of our time and creating mini-documentaries of their gaming successes before returning to the Trailblazer family in 2016.
Jeremy Mullis serves as IT Manager where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s technology infrastructure. Jeremy joined Trailblazer Studios in 2004 after spending his early years tinkering with computers. He has worked at startup media companies and large technology giants. Jeremy served in the United States Air Force and earned a Master of Science from the University of Oregon.
Jo-Ann is Trailblazer’s finance connoisseur, and she’s a maven on ice as well. As our resident figure skating expert, she has spent more than 10 years and countless miles on her blades. Lessons anyone?
Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Canada (eh?), you can find Jo-Ann on occasion in our Post or Audio departments assisting clients who need French translation supervision for their spot. Mais oui!
When she’s not staying busy in the office, Jo-Ann has a taste for travel but still enjoys spending quality time with her family, including her two dogs Sam and Mick.
As Controller at Trailblazer Studios since 2002, Jo-Ann makes a significant impact each day to our bottom line – analyzing costs for effective financial performance, managing cash flow, and continually keeping us in line and performing HR duties. She also handles our Human Resources function with incredible calm and precision.
As the master of whip-cracking and the official wearer of many hats, Susan enjoys her job most because there is never a dull moment. At Trailblazer, she is universally known as the “tell-it-like-it-is” kind of person who supervises the daily ins and outs of post.
Susan has always been interested in television and dreamed of following in the footsteps of Tom Brokaw – Actually, she’d be happy just to have a conversation with him, so Tom, please call.
Instead of making her mark in the world of journalism, Susan found her niche in the post world, producing commercials for national brands and working on reality TV.
When she isn’t managing people and projects, Susan is probably singing an 80’s song or trying to find a way to make the world a better place for man’s best friend – dogs rule!
Susan graduated from Clarion University of PA with a B.S. in Communications. She went on to work for McKinney, producing spots for well-known accounts such as Travelocity, Audi of America and Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.