Archive for the ‘Alumni Profile’ Category

Justine Feldt

Posted on: February 19th, 2017 by Admissions

Before Justine had even graduated, she began working on several music videos and commercials for local and national clients. Since graduation, she has worked on reality televisions shows for TLC, LIFETIME, and A&E. Focusing on directing, she has made music videos for several country and christian recording acts. She most recently had the honor of directing country music icon, Dolly Parton, for her latest music video “Home“. The music video made its international premiere on VEVO’s homepage.

Alexa Sullivant

Posted on: February 18th, 2017 by Admissions

Alexa  has done work for  Third Man Records, First Platoon, Climb Nashville, Nashville’s Dead, Nashville Scene, and Dolly Parton. She is currently a Graphic Designer at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. She also does a lot of animal rescue work, and makes flyers/posters PSAs for rescue groups. (

Trent Thibodeaux

Posted on: February 17th, 2017 by Admissions

Trent has worked as a freelance designer for companies like Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Caterpillar, and the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He worked as an in-house designer for Third Man Records, a Nashville-based record label owned by musician Jack White. Trent is now a Senior Designer at Pandora Radio in San Fransisco.

Lua Faragher

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Admissions

In 2013 Lua joined Connie Vernich Interior Design in Nashville as a Junior Designer before starting her own company, Lua Moore Interiors, in 2014. She is known for her beautiful hand rendering techniques and specializes in new construction design and renovations.

Katherine Bonaccorso

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Admissions

After graduation Katie moved to Los Angeles where she worked for comedian Max Amini as well as doing market research for upcoming films at Screen Engine LLC and freelancing as a production assistant. She’s been working at TMZ since 2015 and is currently an Associate Producer on TMZ Live.

Abby Whisenant

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by Admissions

After graduation, Abby became a National Teaching Fellow through AmeriCorps and the national education reform nonprofit Citizen Schools. Recently, she returned home to Nashville and is currently leading projects through Oasis Center’s Underground Art Studio, a program she helped develop and launch in February 2013. At Oasis Center, Abby engages at-risk and homeless youth in a variety of art activities, including painting, photo-voice, sculpture, upcycling, murals & street art.

Erika Thompson

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Admissions

In 2016 Erika Thompson was named a finalist in the Nashville Lifestyles ‘Best Up and Coming Designer’ category. She is now a Senior Interior Designer at JL Design, an Interior Design firm in Nashville, TN.

Taylor Mesa

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Admissions

After graduating from Watkins Taylor worked for Peggy Newman Designs before going to IDA. IDA is an award winning design firm specializing in hospitality and high-end senior living. As a Project Manager she focuses on space planning, interior architecture, and seeing projects through the Construction Administration phase.

Kimberly Michaud

Posted on: September 10th, 2016 by Admissions

Since 1999, Kimberly Michaud has been the owner of Kimberly A. Michaud Interiors, an interior design firm that specializes in healthcare, education, government, and church design nationwide. She has also designed interior spaces for homes, hair salons and spas, libraries, and recently Polaris’s new visiting center and its manufacturing plant for all-terrain vehicles.

Emma Nitz

Posted on: January 29th, 2016 by Admissions

Emma Nitz is a freelance screenwriter based in Nashville, TN. In 2015, she traveled to Guatemala with Actuality Media and produced a short documentary titled “Cooking for the Guatemalan Dream”. She is the second Watkins film student to be invited by the Writers Guild Initiative to participate in the Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship for her feature “The Gathering Place”. She achieved First Alternate for the fellowship in 2016.