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Carl Conway Maguire ’08

Carl Maguire
Current job title:

I’m a freelancer, so I have a lot of different job titles, but most of my paid work comes from work as a video editor or as a carpenter.

I’m also the creative director of a film production company Megan Stein (UM ’08) and I founded called PrashNYC. We have made four short films since October 2012 and are currently producing a short film called Sluggo The Skullcrusher and a web series called Posers. We are currently raising funds to shoot Sluggo The Skullcrusher. Here’s my website plug:

Video Editing: Vice Magazine, various independent and student film projects.

Carpentry: Moving Portraits, Real Housewives of New York, Mob Wives, Love And Hip Hop, Hallmark Channel’s Kitten Bowl, various independent and student film projects.

Recent accolades:
PrashNYC’s short film, Perfect Timing, won the Audience Choice award at Love Fest 2013 in Brooklyn. Our other short, Old Timers, was selected to be a part of the Greenpoint Film Festival after a couple of great reviews from it’s showing at Flux Fest 2013.

I recently made a sticker to promote Sluggo The Skullcrusher, and the sticker website named it the Customer Creation of the Week.

Words of wisdom:
Show up. Show up to auditions. Show up to job interviews. Show up to your friends’ performances. One of my early NYC mentors put it this way: “Show up for your life.” If you are working a crappy day job, show up for it and kick it’s ass. You’ll be surprised how many life lessons you can learn from working in a restaurant in NYC.

On a larger scale, if you have a dream to move to New York (or LA, or Chicago, etc.), then just do it. Don’t wait for it to make sense financially. New York will never make sense financially. Just get up here. Worse people than you are up here, and they are thriving. If you are the only thing holding yourself back from moving here, then get out of your way and move.

Who would you like to thank for your success?
My parents never questioned my choice in career; in fact, I think they would have been surprised if I didn’t pursue art in some way. Their constant support gives me the strength to take risks every day. My wife, Lynsey Buckelew (UM ’08), has been my rock in this insane city. Her ability to break big problems down into small, manageable obstacles astounds me, and it’s the only way I’ve survived up here.

Some mentors that deserve a shout are my favorite teachers/directors from my UM days–Dr. David Callaghan and Vladimir Rovinsky; the casting director I was an intern for when I first moved to New York, Arnold Mungioli; and the executive chef who taught me to take pride in any work I was doing (even if it was bussing tables), Michael Vignola.

I also have to thank Brett Glass (UM ’07) and Jarrod Zayas (UM ’05) for pioneering the filmmaking world for the rest of us. They learned how to shoot and edit video and then quickly started teaching their friends, including me. Also, Cale Hughes (UM ’08) is responsible for getting me about 90 percent of the freelance work I’ve taken this year. So, add this to my advice section: Support your fellow alums at all cost!

How did Montevallo affect your career choice?
I came into UM as a History major, took Intro to Theatre with Vladimir, changed my major to theatre after a conversation with Dr. Callaghan and never looked back.

What was your favorite aspect of Montevallo?
My favorite thing about Montevallo is that special thing about Montevallo that words won’t describe. You know…that thing. You look around at all the people you met because you went to Montevallo, and you think, “Whatever kind of ghost voodoo brought all these weird, beautiful, infuriating and talented people together makes me want to kiss Condie Cunningham right on her flaming lips.”