Nick LaBanca is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio Broadcasting. No stranger to a fast paced environment, LaBanca has always been ready to take on new challenges and collaborate with others around him to create.
LaBanca was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, attending his schooling in Calumet City. LaBanca learned many principles and life lessons in the Boy Scouts of America, of which he became an Eagle Scout shortly before his 18th birthday. Since a young age, LaBanca was drawn to creative outlets such as writing and drawing, and originally attended Columbia College for their fiction writing program.
After switching majors a couple times, LaBanca finally settled on radio broadcasting where he took part in several internships throughout downtown Chicago, including stations like WGN 720 AM and ESPN 1000 AM. During this time, LaBanca also produced, hosted, and edited his own podcast for his website Live Action Anime, discussing movie adaptations of popular TV series.
Where as some of LaBanca’s colleagues focus more on the visual side of editing, he creates a landscape out of sound using programs such as Pro Tools and Adobe Audition.
Some of LaBanca’s main influences from the entertainment world include actors Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, director Spike Jonze, musicians Rivers Cuomo, Billy Corgan, and Sawao Yamanaka, as well as radio stars Dick Biondi and the talent of ESPN 1000’s “Afternoon Saloon”.
In addition to sound editing, LaBanca has also dabbled in film editing. This includes an original music video, and he is currently working on editing his first short film due in Summer 2011.