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Twin Passions Propel Audio Arts & Recording Major Liliana Pulido

Updated: Dec 12, 2022


Columbia College Chicago Sophomore Audio Arts and Recording major and Music Business minor Liliana Pulido is cementing her place in the music industry by combining her twin passions of audio and music through performance, as well as an audio internship this past summer with Epiphany Center for the Arts.


Growing up on the South East Side of Chicago, music came to Liliana at an early age as she explains. “I've been learning and playing since I was about 8 years old. I started with guitar and from there it progressed to other instruments such as violin, trumpet, and singing. There was a lot of music in my house growing up, from traditional mariachi and other Latin music to classic and progressive rock, etc. My oldest sister and parents influenced me. I remember vividly when my sister introduced me to The Beatles when I was about 7 or 8 years old.”


Though she had music teachers and an older sibling who was studying music education, Liliana utilized a built-in curiosity that enabled her to explore on her own. “When I was little, I did not always have them around, so I also had to mentor myself, and get the courage to try new things and push myself to get to where I wanted to be in terms of music.”


While attending Carver Military Academy, Liliana’s interest in audio began to develop. “Towards the end of my junior year during the global lock down, I started to write songs, and I was trying to find the perfect path that involves my passion which is music. Once I investigated the audio industry, I realized that this is what I wanted.”


After graduating high school, Liliana set her sights on Columbia College. Two things immediately stood out to her about the school. “I heard they had a great Audio Arts program, and it was convenient that it was in the same city I am in.” During her freshman year, she found herself excelling in the curriculum, making new friends for future collaborations, and beginning to gain more confidence in her skills, which led her to apply for an internship this past summer at Epiphany Center for the Arts, a performing arts venue on the city’s near West Side. At her internship, she was able to find another side of audio that intrigues her: live sound. “The internship made me more open-minded about live sound, and I really enjoyed every aspect of it. Overall, I'm the type of person that likes to try different things, but I wouldn't say it would make me change my concentration in audio. The way I now think of it is, I have a new skill I can apply which opens doors for other opportunities.”


As she reflects on her internship, Liliana had these tidbits for students. “My advice for anyone seeking an internship is to talk to and meet with their career advisor. If it wasn't for me taking the initiative and contacting them, I probably would not have known about or be at the internship, as well as other opportunities offered. Also, it's never too early to start. Take advantage of the resources given to you. On your first day of your internship, it can be a bit nerve racking, but just be friendly, willing to work and learn. If you bring positive energy and ambition, it'll work out even if you don't understand something.”


Liliana’s fall semester has seen her continue to grow as an Audio major as well as a musician. “I am currently writing my own music and have been working on perhaps making an album. What's great about being at Columbia is that you meet new amazingly talented people. My close friend and I in the Audio Department, have collaborated on some music that I can't wait for people to hear."


Check out Liliana's session at this link.


Sessions @33 is a series featuring Columbia College Chicago music artists performing a 4-song set in an intimate performance space at WCRXFM, Columbia’s very own radio station. In addition to the artists getting exposure, students from various departments . Please support these fantastic up-n-coming artists, as well as the collaborative efforts of the students involved behind the scenes, by watching sessions on YouTube, as well as listening to the podcast version on either Apple or Stitcher.





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