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Travis & Stephanie

Twentysomething comedy couple talk about getting in the business of making people laugh

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Find someone who will make you laugh – the age old (well, at least older than us twentysomethings) relationship advice given by every one and their mothers.

Twentysomething couple Stephanie and Travis took that advice when they met each other, and now they’re turning their comedic talents into careers. It all started when the couple, both grads of the University of Georgia, was looking for a fun creative outlet aside from their real jobs. They began taking classes at Automatic Improv together, and loved it so much that when they ran out of classes to take, they formed an improv troupe of their own named Church Socks.

Church Socks is comprised of other local comedians they met while taking classes and now meets once a week for a couple of hours with a coach. The troupe has moved from short games and workshops to longer, more technical scenes and gigs once a month. While improv is what brought out the couple’s love for comedy, they realized quickly that they each enjoy different aspects of the industry. Stephanie thrives most in writing sketches for film and online media while Travis enjoys creating and performing stand up routines.

Stephanie currently works in film production. Since before graduating college with degrees in Mass Media Arts & French, she has worked on film and television projects. She has moved vertically in the level of administrative and logistical jobs in the past 2 years, from Office Assistant for indie film “A.C.O.D.” with Amy Poehler & Adam Scott to currently Assistant to the Executive Producer on a Vince Vaughn feature film. She has also worked on Christopher Nolan’s new film “InterStellar” and Academy Award nominated “Prisoners.” She hopes to take on more producer roles in the future.

For now, she gets lots of practice while producing her sketches online and onstage with Church Socks. While the troupe has grown out of just doing workshops together and is performing more gigs, it still serves as the perfect creative outlet for the couple.

“Honestly, it is such a relief for me to just sit down and start writing,” Stephanie said.

The couple believes their sketches will help them have a competitive advantage with the plethora of comedy out there right now, especially in Atlanta, which was recently named one of the top funniest cities in America.

“Everyone and anyone has the ability and the medium to share what they do with the world,” Travis said. “You have to make sure you have a unique voice.”

Part of that is reflected in their edgy style, which overflow into Travis’s standup.

“I also realize that every time I do standup in Atlanta, I’m just one of 12 white guys with a beard who walks onstage,” Travis said. “I have to develop my own unique style to stand out.”

Travis makes a point to engage with the audience through conversations before or even during his routine. He also includes Stephanie in his creative process to help find the balance in what is natural and funny to him and what will translate to others.

“Whenever I think up a situation or joke I think might be funny, I bounce it off Stephanie and she is able to tell me if its just funny in my head or not,” Travis explained. “Of course, sometimes we both agree on a joke and still doesn’t go over well with an audience. That’s just part of the process.”

Stephanie’s dreams for the future include following in the footsteps of many SNL comedians, writing and acting on the show before being the showrunner of her own show. She is reading all of the recent autobiographies of female comedians, like Tina Fey & Mindy Kaling, who have done the same.

Travis also wants to be able to eventually make a living out by doing his comedy full-time, though right now he is satisfied with his day-job in marketing and his frequent gigs at comedy clubs and bars in Atlanta. He has hosted several comedy festivals in the past year, including the recent Black Box Comedy Festival, performs gigs on average three times a week, has been featured in Aaron Chewning‘s first Braves video, and even headlines at shows now and then. He has recently gotten enough material for a killer 30 minute show (according to Stephanie, who has seen his routines and jokes many times), and hopes to be headlining more in the upcoming months.

When asked to give a piece of advise to their twentysomething peers, they both agreed that taking advantage of your twenties decade is extremely important.

“You don’t have to have it all figured out,” Stephanie said. “We’re so afraid of failure sometimes that it makes us afraid to do what we really want. If you love it, just do it.”

Stephanie described the panic she faced right before graduating college because she didn’t have it all figured out with her career or her future. Looking back, she sees that the panic didn’t help motivate or move her forward at all, but her going out and taking action propelled her to more opportunities than she could have dreamed.

“Now is the time to do things,” Travis said about about the twenties decade. “I see people who are just starting standup comedy at 38, and that is great, but they missed so many years of doing what they love. I started at 23, and I still wish I had started years ago.”

UPCOMING SHOWS:

Church Socks:

May 10th: Down in the Basement Improv Show at The Basement Theatre (Show at 8:00)

Travis Stand-Up:

May 1st: Stand Up (Hosting) at “No Cover Comedy” at The Pointe in Conyers (Show starts at 9)

May 7th: Stand Up at Laughing Skull Lounge in Midtown, Atlanta GA (Doors open at 7:45)

May 8th: Stand Up (Hosting) at “No Cover Comedy” at The Pointe in Conyers (Show starts at 9)

May 13th: Stand Up (HEADLINING) at Laugh Your Balls Off at The Cockpit in East Atlanta (Show starts at 8:30)

May 17th: Stand Up – Opening for the Pretty Late Show with Salon du Shoguns show at Village Theatre (Show starts at 10:30)

Stephanie |

Producer’s Assistant, Writer & Comedian • 24 • Atlanta, GA

Travis | Website

Account Manager, TwentySix2 Marketing & Comedian • 25 • Atlanta, GA

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Two twentysomething friends turn business partners with their unique film production company.

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Everyday, there are people who make the decision to change their career path, and, ultimately their lives. Will, a musician in high school, went to Belmont to study music for two years before changing paths and finishing up a business degree at Georgia State University.

Will’s father had owned a production company that produced  TV shows like Outdoor Life Network’s The Best and Worst of Tred Barta. During his studies, Will joined his father’s team to learn the skills necessary to thrive in the production industry. While there, he worked as a TV editor for four years with his close friend and fellow editor, Ben.

Ben and Will decided to start their own production company, called Yonder Blue Films, in April of 2012.  Combining Will’s business degree and their prior production experience, “We already knew how to tell a story,” said Will, so the move seemed fitting.

Will Wheeler and Ben

They focused their efforts on a niche market—aerial filming using remote control helicopters. Will and Ben taught themselves how to build and fly the helicopters, and soon mastered the art of smooth and steady filming while flying. Ben pilots the machine, while Will operates the camera. That’s what sets them apart as a company—the fact that they have the technical knowledge of the instruments they’re using and understand every aspect of normal film production.

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Will learned more about client relations as he transitioned from a production job with an already-established company to running every part of the business with a partner. Ben heads up the financials, but they both deal with clients every step of the way. He stated that you simply “get somewhere by being nice to people.” This has manifested in the variety of business opportunities they receive: from themed races, TV shows like Necessary Roughness, commercials with national TV spots, to even feature films.

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Their most enjoyable shoot was one they did just for fun—a motocross shoot where the helicopters rode alongside the bike at 35 mph, 5 mph away from machine’s capacity.

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A twentysomething’s journey to her dream job in the movies.

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Hollywood appeals to all of us. Whether you’ve dreamt of being in front of or behind the camera, there is an allure to the movies that is undeniable. However, many twentysomethings only dream of one day being involved in the film industry. Few actually act on it, and even fewer are actually successful.

But Caroline, 22, is a shining example of a twentysomething who has made her dreams come true. “Experience is really how much time it takes you to do something,” she contemplated, in reference to her whirlwind of a year almost single-handedly filming the feature film, A Larger Life, set to release at festivals hopefully sometime in 2014.

A year and a half year ago, Caroline was based in Los Angeles, editing hundreds of hours of audition footage for the Real Housewives of Orange County. Her life-changing moment occurred when she got a call from a family friend about a project he’d been telling her about for years. The project was a semi-autobiographical film about a small town lawyer and how his choices have made an impact on the different generations in his town.

Caroline said yes, and flew to the small of town, Cedartown, Georgia, to what she initially thought would be a few months of production.  When she arrived, they started filming immediately to make the most of her time, despite the practically non-existent pre-production.

Working through these setbacks, with a crew of only ten people, Caroline gained a wealth of experience in only a short amount of time.  She wore many hats: cinematographer, story editor, producer, lighting master, and post-production editor. But primarily, she gained invaluable experience as a Director of Photography, her dream job.

Caroline started this process alone, thinking she could just do all the editing, but soon realized the need for team. “You really can’t do it alone,” she stated. Taking on many roles during the production process gave her experience she could never receive elsewhere, but she also learned the value of relying on others.

When it comes to new projects, Caroline and a producer friend are looking at buying the rights to one of their favorite books and turning it into another feature film.  This time, though, Caroline will have more of a role on the front end, with the story and creative development, but of course she would love to have a chance at Director of Photography again, and eventually move on to doing more large scale projects in that role.

At the end of this year, a much longer one than anticipated, Caroline is glad that it took as long as it did.  “It just goes to show that a nearly impossible project can actually be done, even if it’s a mess in the beginning and most of the way through– just give it time,” she reflected. And most importantly, she is well on her way to a successful career as a Director of Photography – something most of us can only dream of.

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