Let’s say you want to start a podcast. Or your social media department needs to shoot an interview but you don’t have the equipment or the studio space.

Now there’s StudioME, a turnkey studio space at 5819 Penn Avenue in East Liberty that offers all-in-one media services for a range of businesses and entrepreneurs.

Keith Parish and Joe Leachko first started to discuss the idea of a new studio design 18 months ago.

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“We started looking at traditional studio models and how to make it better,” says Parish.

Parish has a background in video production and Leachko in architectural design. Both were looking for a new career and recognized that most studio spaces catered to large productions with big crews that already owned most of their own equipment.

“We wanted to create a warm, welcoming environment for all these new media content creators,” says Parish. “There wasn’t really a space for them yet, nowhere with equipment and staff available to help.”

StudioME offers clients four studios. There’s a smaller, traditional studio for a quick waist-up interview or photography; a larger, more traditional multi-purpose studio for multi-camera shoots; and an audio studio for podcasts and voiceovers.

Photo courtesy StudioME

But the real draw, at least for novices, is “Studio E” where StudioME sets up equipment in advance. Everything from the backdrop to the lighting is adjustable through an electronic tablet.

“There’s a lot you can do and you don’t need any media background,” says Parish. “Everything is pre-set and ready to go.”

After the project is complete, clients will be presented with their raw footage on an SD card. From there they can take the footage home, work on it at an in-studio workstation or pay to have StudioME’s staff edit it for them.

They also plan on offering evening classes in video production and other recording and editing techniques.

One of StudioMe’s recent clients includes a local real estate company. They have been using the space to film short, introductory videos for each of their realtors. Another client is a fashion company that rented the multi-purpose studio for a fashion shoot with models.

Membership in the studio is free and rates depend on the space and equipment selected. There’s also a StudioME app where clients can reserve a space in advance.

Next year StudioME hopes to increase its work with larger companies who have their own social media department but not the means to film a Q+A or interview session.

“With content creators the only constant is change,” says Leachko. “We want to stay flexible to keep up-to-date with those people and their needs.”

Brian Conway

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.