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Live, Action, Media! Teinowitz gets it done
After spending time in television, film and commercial production, Robert Teinowitz founded Live Action Media™ after producing all ribbon boards for the 2003 MLB All-Star Game. Over the last 10 years, while at the helm of Live Action Media, Robert has used his extensive experience to expand his business from one client (Chicago White Sox) to a multitude of organizations that include other professional sports teams, ad agencies and national clients. An experienced producer with an extensive background of pre-production, production and post-production, Teinowitz maintains a solid reputation within the industry of understanding a project and getting it done with outstanding results.
As a student at Triton, Robert was enrolled in the Disney College Program and had the opportunity to work at Walt Disney World. After graduating from Triton in 1987, Teinowitz attended Northern Illinois University and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Robert credits his professional success and progress to Triton College and NIU for helping him advance from production assistant to producer, with stops in Orlando and Los Angeles, to owning his own business.
Teinowitz has received honors and recognition from various organizations including Disney, Promax BDA and N.A.T.A.S (National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the organization that awards Emmys).
What have been some obstacles you've had to overcome in pursuit of your educational and career goals?
Throughout my career, I’ve developed patience and learned to be an active listener. Sometimes when you’re in a class, at a job or in a meeting, it can be frustrating and you may not see why you need to even be there. But trust me, with patience and through listening, in both good and bad situations, you will eventually be able to use those lessons when the time is right.
What or who has served as a source of inspiration in either your career, personal life or both?
My inspiration comes from both my parents and family. My parents worked hard to help make a better life for their kids and I know they would be proud of what I’m doing. They taught me that hard work leads to reward and that nothing comes for free. Regarding my family, they’ve taught me to work hard, take calculated risks, and with a little luck, you‘ll be successful in anything you do.
What would you consider your strong suit to be – whether skills or qualities?
Both organization and customer service. There are a few companies out there doing similar things that we do, but not as well. We not only produce better content, but also offer fair pricing and the best customer service in our industry. Because of my production background, I have developed strong project management skills, which leads to great customer service.
How has Triton College impacted your life?
Triton moved me forward. For a while, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do or where I was headed and if it wasn’t for Triton getting me back on track, I’m not sure where I would be today. Thank you, Triton!
What advice would you give to someone who would like to pursue a career in your field?
Practice. If you want to learn how to start a business – study business, accounting and learn from great people and great organizations. Don’t let anybody say you can’t, but know exactly what you’re getting into.
What are your words of wisdom for current Triton students?
Work hard, get involved in college activities (student government, internships, etc.), take accountability for everything you do, and most importantly, never stop learning.
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future include continuing to run my business, working with charities (some of which I sit on their board, and staying involved with my local community (Chicago, neighborhood, etc.) with the hopes of giving back and trying to make the world a bit better and help some people along the way.
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