Actor, producer, marketer applies knowledge gained at Shidler to career

Christian Bowen, MBA ‘22
Christian Bowen, MBA ‘22

Christian Bowman grew up traveling the world with his musician parents, but he didn’t get into the music industry right off the bat. The 2022 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa master of business administration graduate wears many creative hats and started his career as an actor on the television hit Lost. He’s since played roles on many other shows, including Magnum P.I.He’s also directed and produced several shorts films.

These days, he spends most of his time as the chief marketing officer at Sight and Sound Productions and the recently acquired Island Sound Studios. At Island Sound Studios, he is able to integrate many of his passions and help businesses showcase their products and services and recording artists share their talents with the world. It’s a role that Bryan Spicer, the executive producer and director of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I., offered him and he feels very grateful to work there.

When he’s focused on Sight and Sound Productions, Bowman said that he gets excited about connecting with different local industries and applying cinematic-grade media to help them tell their stories. When he’s working in the Island Sound Studios sphere, he finds joy in being able to hear artists pour their souls into their music.

“It’s just such an honor to be able to present a facility like this in Hawaiʻi,” he said of the recording studio. “I feel like a kid in a candy store every time I visit the space.”

Bowman now applies everything he learned during his time at the Shidler College of Business to his career.

“What’s great about my job is the ability to not only understand how to position these nontraditional businesses in entertainment and marketing, but also understand how the value add applies to other businesses as we grow together,” Bowman said.

He is living his dream and is able to draw on his life experiences, education and professional acumen to create his own personal masterpiece.

“Every day is new, every story is unique, and getting to collaborate and watch the stories come to fruition is truly a gift,” Bowman said.

For more stories like this, see the spring/summer 2023 edition of Shidler Business.