Class of 2002
Editor, Producer, Voiceover artist and DJ
Los Angeles, Calif.
He has been the voice of shows on National Geographic, TLC, and OWN Channel. Now classmates of Drew Forni ‘02 may recognize one of their own on a coveted primetime show — ABC’s “The Taste” with Anthony Bourdain.
Drew narrated and edited the seven episodes in the third season of the cooking competition series. The Los Angeles resident splits his time among editing and producing television and film projects, doing voiceover work, and appearing as a DJ at private events.
He says that Valpo set a strong foundation for his current success.
“Much of my inspiration came from the amazingly talented professors at Valparaiso University,” he says.
“What I learned from them has traveled with me in my daily actions. They left me with a solid baseline of real-world experiences from their classrooms to the opportunity of interning at Indiana 105 (radio station). I’m most proud of the ‘Jazz & Blues with Drew’ radio shows produced at (Valpo-student-managed) WVUR and band performances at the Center for the Arts.”
The communication major also studied music, playing the trombone in a variety of bands — from jazz to symphonic to smaller brass ensembles. He says his work with music professors even elevated his career as a DJ.
“So much of being a successful DJ is mixing the right music while reading the crowd,” he says. “Their driven instruction came through my turntables at numerous Hollywood clubs more than a decade later.”