Joel Eaton an inspirational autobiography

Born in Chattanooga, TN - 1996

Moved to Knoxville, TN - 2005

When I was younger I had very versatile interests. I can remember me even in elementary school taking four years of piano lessons, earning a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and writing the first chapters of a science fiction book.

I can remember, in middle school, toying with different designs of bows and arrows, teaching myself to solder and design simple circuits, doing lab research, playing basketball, joining jazz band, and becoming a clarinet player.

In high school, just a few years ago (a point I often try to ignore), I remember making film compositions to sound like my favorite film score composers, learning the basics of music production, being section leader in symphonic band and a 150-piece marching band, marching in a Thanksgiving day parade in Philadelphia and at competitions, teaching myself basic new testament Greek to better understand the Bible, taking honors and AP classes, and writing songs in my spare time.

After these short (and long) 20 years, I am now a full time student at ETSU majoring in Advertising/Public Relations with a background in learning new and diverse topics quickly, working with people, and finding unique and superior ways to communicate in ways that add value to people's lives and make people's day better--the only real way to not annoy people with advertisements, in my opinion.

I love the art and science of communication. I am deeply fascinated by which advertisements earn people's opinions and trust and which make people annoyed or want to change the channel. I have always done that with songs on the radio as well. I was the guy that wanted to know why a song like "Heathens" by Twenty One Pilots could be so successful while the movie it was made for received overall negative reviews. I was the guy that watched people's reactions when it came time to watch the super bowl commercials. I was the guy that wanted to know whether Justin Bieber's recent early-life crisis was created by or simply used by his label and manager to appeal to a different group of people.

I think the first time I really considered Advertising/Public Relations as a major was after watching one of the Old Spice commercials. I decided if someone could get paid to capture people's attention in creative ways beyond the ordinary, that was what I wanted to do for a living.

In addition to pursuing my bachelor's degree, I currently work as a leasing consultant for Peak Campus, I manage, advertise for, and run my own small business as a recording/mixing engineer, producer, and songwriter, I work with new artists seeking career development, direction, and social media strategy, I offer keyboard, vocals, and marketing/branding strategy for the emerging alternative band Stationflyby, and I help with a local church plant in Johnson City called Risen Life Fellowship, where I also lead a small group.

Somehow, even with all that, I try to always make time for friends.

In the future, I hope to either be a member of Stationflyby full time or start a professional job as a marketing/advertising/public relations professional, perhaps leading to a career in music publishing, licensing, or songwriting. I am also still considering a masters degree in either digital marketing or counseling. No matter what I do as a career, I hope to continue doing freelance recording, mixing, and producing until it grows into an effective side business that allows me to earn extra income while feeding the part of me that must make great music.

Credits:

Created with images by ahkeemhopkins - "sky happy inspiration" • bryce_edwards - "John Ross Bridge" • CanonBaby2016 - "tower knoxville park" • Marine Corps Archives & Special Collections - "Lloyd Fuller Diary, September 20-21, 1942" • nayukim - "Playing piano" • Vilmos.Vincze - "Laura goes for the 2nd Dan Black Belt #2" • evanfarrar - "Luke soldering" • jimmypk218 - "Archer" • LinghuiXu - "basketball basketball hoop playground" • activedesigner - "clarinet music musical instrument" • Vintuitive - "Samson, CCK & iPad" • Cantorion.org - "La Campanell - Free Sheet Music for Piano" • rittyrats - "Wbg.U. Symphonic Band" • sam99929 - "marching band chicago thanksgiving" • B. Vasiliy - "Greek New Testament" • stevepb - "books student study" • JeepersMedia - "Old Spice" • Meepness - Daniel C - "November 2010 Calendar" • Greg Walters - "Friends"

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