Real Story: Ryan Runyon

Ryan Runyon

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CSM Class of 2016, Digital Media Production

Current Job Title: Video Production Manager, dbF Media

I’m a videographer, editor, composer, and artist, and I’ve been working full time in the video production field for 12 years now.

I have been around CSM most of my life: My dad, Randy Runyon, directs CSM’s Solid Brass jazz ensemble, and I attended the Kids’ & Teen College summer program a few times. Growing up around CSM, I really enjoyed the campus and the environment.

I attended CSM as a college student from 2010-16, first earning a certificate in graphic design, and then pursuing an associate degree in digital media production. My experiences were great here. I’ve always been interested in both art and video production, so the classes were super fun.

Earning my degree was the greatest educational achievement of my life. I proved to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to, that no mountain is too high. It was the end result of putting in the work and never giving up.

I was working a full-time job during both my certificate and degree programs, and learning work-life balance was definitely an adjustment. Sometimes I’d work at my job for a few hours in the morning, go to class, go to work for a more hours in the evening, and then attend a night class afterwards. I just took it a day at a time, then a semester at a time, and didn't give up. 

My family was super supportive and encouraging along the way. Having that support can be the difference between stopping a semester short or getting your degree. Without it, I’m not sure I would’ve kept coming back each semester. There’s nothing like seeing your friends and family in the stands at graduation, so proud of you and your accomplishments.

I currently work full time in video production and create music and art on the side. I’ve been very blessed in my career: I filmed and edited the documentary that plays in the visitor’s center at Historic St. Mary’s City, and I wrote the soundtrack as well. It’s important to me to work in a meaningful environment and be able to spread positive messages through video and art, whether it be at churches, in missionary work, or at a production company like Pure Flix.

The advice I’d give students is: Keep on keeping on, never give up, and just take it a day at a time. It might seem overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to balance your education and a career. Build on the small victories: "I passed this exam that seemed impossible, so I can definitely pass the next one."

Build friendships with your classmates, make memories with them, and continue making memories with them after you all graduate, too.

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Last updated: 5-12-22

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