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UH Moment: ‘Alums’

The journey to the Bright Lights and Big City begins with a solid foundation. One successful alum tells his story in this UH Moment.



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Kerry Beyer

“My name is Kerry Beyer. I graduated from the College of Business here at UH in ‘94.  I like to consider myself a visual artist.” 

Kerry Beyer, photographer and filmmaker, pursued the University of Houston Bauer College of Business to shore up his artistic passion.  

 “I wanted to pursue a career in the arts, but what I needed was the infrastructure and business skills to make that a viable living,” he said. “I felt that if I got a business management degree I’d always be able to get a job.” 

A successful photography business owner, Beyer also directs Kerosene Films, a local independent company that has produced such films as “Spirit Camp,” “Code of Evil” and “Rogue Strike,” which featured some UH actors. 

“The first movie I did was a horror film. We had a great response to that and a little cult following,” Beyer said. “I wanted to do something completely different. So I did a ‘180’ and did a submarine thriller—‘Rogue Strike.’” 

Beyer, whose films have been made in Houston, advises young filmmakers to do as he was taught—have a basic understanding of business and marketing and be able to convey your ideas concisely. 

 “You also need people management skills.  When I’m directing, I’m creating a supportive environment to do best work, but I’m also providing leadership and boundaries.  You have to work that balance,” he said. “I’m a filmmaker and UH gave me a foundation to be successful in the arts.”

Successful alums are part of what’s happening at the University of Houston.  I’m Marisa Ramirez. 

A scene from “Rogue Strike”

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