Blaire started Professional Geek Podcast with the hopes that incredible people could share their stories of success, with the added intent of inspiring budding geeks everywhere to pursue their dreams. She strongly believes that being a geek gives her the upper hand in the professional landscape. In her mind, being a geek means being passionate and obsessed with detail, which she considers transferable skills which have helped her to stand out in her career.
By day, Blaire is a digital content strategist. Currently serving as Web Content Producer at DePaul University, she acts as the creative lead for the university's video for the web and works on the university's social media channels. She has previously worked at Social Media Beast as a Senior Digital Content Strategist, Original Six Media as a Producer, New Chapter Entertainment (a HARPO affiliate) as a Producer, and Sound/Video Impressions as an Associate Producer. She has spent her career creating social media strategies and video campaigns for the web, branded content, broadcast commercials, documentary film, and reality television. Her geeky background has given her the transferable skill of immersing herself in the world of whatever project she may be working on and becoming obsessed with the details. Professionally, she is a meticulous copyeditor and writer, highly skilled in logistics, a warm and encouraging field producer, and tireless with working through all facets of video production needs. She has a passion for working with nonprofits and charities in her work, and likes to focus her creative energy on projects that promote diversity in corporate environments.
Blaire has been a big time geek since birth. As the host of many podcasts (including TV Taste Test, The Strain Podcast and The 12 Monkeys Podcast) and a contributor on various publications, she enjoys researching, understanding and taking part in the many facets of geek culture. A short list of some of her biggest obsessions are the Whedonverse, all things Guillermo del Toro (except for Pacific Rim), Hellboy/BPRD, video games - especially Bethesda and Bioware productions, indie horror and sci-fi movies, and comic book conventions/entertainment expos. She has a deep love for the Muppets and is affectionately nicknamed Fozzie by her best friends… mostly because she only knows how to tell terrible jokes.
Blaire's professional portfolio can be found on her website www.blaireknightgraves.com.
Mark is under the impression that he has spent his entire life meeting interesting people. In a way, Professional Geek is his attempt to introduce others to the cool people he has met, and hopefully make a few new interesting friends.
Born in Kenmore, NY (which is a suburb of Buffalo. Excellent!), Mark currently resides in Chicago, IL with his wife Finch and super awesome french bulldog Ziggy Pop! Presently, he is employeed in the marketing department for an advertising technology company. He also is the host of the Across the Nerdaverse podcast, and has a long resume as a Stage Manager and Sound Designer in the Chicago store front theatre community. He is especially proud of his work producing the live action trivia game show "Riddle Me That!" and Chemically Imbalanced Comedy's Open Mic Night.
Mark's professional life is constantly influenced by his geeky upbringing and he finds himself calling upon his theatrical experience often as he organizes company-wide functions. Mark, does suffer from a crippling video game addiction and can be found on most evenings playing or watching League of Legends. (NA Summoner Name: theButterFly)
John Wong joins Professional Geek Podcast as our new audio producer in June of 2017. John is an established sound designer and re-recording mixer in the post-production industry in Chicago. He is involved with all facets of audio in film, TV, video games, animation, and in the commercial industry. He was recognized as one of the top 50 film people to know in Chicago by NewCity publication. Professional Geek Podcast is recorded with John at his studio Periscope Post Audio.
Some of John’s highlights include working on the comedy series The Jamz on Netflix, an international TV show, Netherrealm’s Justice League video game Injustice God’s Among Us, Ragtag Studios Ray’s the Dead game, Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Season 2, and a plethora of films, and web series. John has earned some recognition in the commercial industry as well with a Telly Award for his sound design work for BMW Golf spot “Don’t Miss - Denver”, and a AVA Digital award for his sound design work for Red Bulls video “Soap Box”.
In his lack of spare time John enjoys watching and playing sports, video games, and has a deep passion to try food all around the world.
Zach Weiss heads up the blog here at Professional Geek Podcast, and as such, is in charge of chasing the fascinating topics that come up when discussing the vast professional interests and hobbies of our guests. In a way, that’s what he’s always been interested in. Nothing is more exciting for him while researching blog posts as those unexpected links between largely different topics.
A constantly curious content creator, Zach is not afraid to chase his obsessions. He’s a graphic designer, photographer, podcaster, blogger and amature calligrapher, and is always checking the horizon for the next thing that is gonna get him totally geeked.
Daniel Capo wrote Professional Geek Podcast's theme song, as of season 2. Daniel is a multimedia artist, sound designer and composer who lives in Oakland, CA. His works have been featured in short films, video games, podcasts and have also been performed in the concert hall. His compositional style can range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to experimental electronic music. While Daniel writes in a variety of different musical styles, all of his music is profoundly influenced by minimalism, jazz and video game music. Most recently, Daniel worked on Audio Content for The Sims 4, as an Audio Artist for EA Games and is currently working as a freelance composer and sound designer for indie game developers, video producers and podcasts.