Hey. I’m Trey Mowder. I’ve done a lot of different things in my short 25 years of life. Ive designed a lot of stuff, I’ve written, shot, edited, directed, performed, booked, promoted, and otherwise created many things for many different purposes, be it recreation, school, business, or self-promotion. I pride myself on my ability to formulate ideas and to find the resources to see those ideas come to life.
I have been writing creatively since probably eight or nine, when I was one of a few students selected for the gifted English/composition class. The thing I remember most, and probably the absolute catalyst, was when we were challenged to write a poem based on the name of a randomly selected Crayola crayon. Mine was “thistle”, and the resulting poem was soon published in a book of poems by young authors.
Throughout junior high and high school, I became more interested in poetry and eventually started writing lyrics to songs. By junior high, I had developed a “for real” interest in poetry. I would write a poem about nearly everything I experienced, and my poetry writing would eventually become songwriting when I got my first bass guitar sophomore year.
During the next few years, I dreamed of writing a column for a website or magazine that focused on the National Basketball Association or Magic The Gathering. Yeah. I was a jock and a nerd simultaneously. My high school only had 150 kids, so each kid had to embody more than one stereotype.
In college, my interest in column writing eventually led me to journalism. I wrote a few articles for the student newspaper before switching again to the more general study of Mass Communication, for which I have an associate’s degree.
After I got my general education requirements out of the way for cheap at Illinois Central College, I transferred to Bradley University in Peoria, IL. There, I majored in Electronic Media (TV/Radio) before minoring in marketing and achieving a Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising. I also completed an internship at a radio station in which, amongst other things, I helped write and edit commercials. Furthermore, I interned with Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment following my senior year, which included working hospitality at the Peoria area’s annual large summer music festival, Summercamp, and working at Jay Goldberg’s independent movie theater, Peoria Theater.
While attending Bradley University, I had started to become more involved in music, and started writing my own songs again. I was in a few bands, and mostly played keyboard before switching to guitar.
Then, during my junior year at Bradley, everything changed. On March 27th, 2008, on a whim, I did stand-up comedy at an open-mic, and fell in love instantly. I was hooked, line and sinker, after the first time. Over the next year or so, I did more and more stand-up until Central Illinois couldn’t satiate me. I eventually moved to the suburbs and then Chicago where I took a year’s worth of classes in improv, acting, and sketch writing at the prestigious Second City Training Center. Meanwhile, I performed stand-up in front of an average of 10 different mics a week, seven days a week. Furthermore, I started a weekly stand-up showcase, called The Two-Hour Comedy Hour, which I did the booking, hosting, and promoting for myself. I was also part of an improv troupe called “Cardboard Cutouts”, a two man troupe called “Goof Troop”, and a sketch comedy group called “1920’s Shanghai”. Through comedy, I have opened for or worked with such notable names as Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn, Greg Proops, Seth Herzog, and Hannibal Buress.
Comedy was going great, and I was progressively getting better and booked for more shows, but in late 2010 I changed my mind and moved home to re-evaluate.
Feeling the emptiness of not having so many open-mics and shows to go to, I decided to rekindle my relationship with my other favorite creative outlet: music. That January I committed to writing and recording one song a day, every day, for a month. It was an awesome experience, and really pushed and stretched my personal writing abilities (I chronicle the entire project at http://treymowder.tumblr.com). Including that project, I’ve written around 50 of my own songs, recorded most of them, and played many live shows.
Shortly after my song-a-day project, I was hired at a coffee shop in Peoria called Copper River Coffee & Tea, where I was put in charge of booking, promoting, and flyer making for the weekly live music performances, as well as the weekly open-mic that I started.
Aside from everything else I’ve mentioned, social media is a big part of my life, recreationaly, creatively, and from a business or self-promotion stand-point. It even falls in line with my advertising and marketing studies in college. Social media has been an important part of my life since the mid ’90s when the internet came around, and I consider myself an influencer when it comes to that particular realm. Over the years I’ve built my own websites; I’ve had AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, MSN Messenger; I’ve had MySpace, Facebook, Last.fm, Yelp, LiveJournal, tumblr, twitter etc. I would even consider texting part of social media, and I’m a big texter. (my MySpace screen name was Trext for a while [trey + text = trext]). I’ve gotten many friends to start using services like Twitter, Klout, Instagram, Foursquare, and tumblr, because I am a natural salesman. I’m convinced I even influenced one of my roommates to buy an iPhone.
On a related note, I’ve always been a big words guy. I’m a big fan of puns and “bad” jokes; I play Words With Friends constantly; I like to think of names, catch phrases, and slogans for people, bands, or anything else (which often stick). During college, on at least two occasions, I thought of the slogan for an advertising or marketing project, and took it upon myself to think of the names for our “companies” in group projects.
Furthermore, I have performed on so many stages in so many different contexts, and keep so many active social media accounts, not to mention years and years of customer service experience at a hair salon, coffee shops, and grocery stores, that when it comes to writing, I am totally confident in my ability to not only have voice, but to shift it to the appropriate context.
Overall, I love to express myself creatively, and have been doing so my whole life. Artistic expression will always be a part of my life, whether or not I’m getting paid for it. One of my dreams has always been to get paid just enough for my art (songs, jokes, scripts, videos, etc) to be able to survive and spend time with my friends and family, as those are the most important things to me in my life.