Justin Herman (Founder & Chief Entertainment Officer) has more than 15 years of professional experience in the theatre, technology, and entertainment industries, both on- and off-stage, as an actor, singer, dancer, lighting designer, sound designer, information technology expert, and educational speaker. Justin is originally from Kent, Ohio, and is passionate about encouraging the growth and revitalization of the Northeast Ohio Region.
After studies in Computer Engineering at Akron University, Justin worked through the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 27 and 48 and in management for Vincent Lighting Systems, a major lighting and sound rental house for theatre, live sound, and special events.
He has served both local and touring shows as a lighting and sound designer and technician in every major house in the Northeast Ohio region (and beyond) including Tower City Amphitheater, Blossom Music Center, Porthouse Theatre, the Carousel Dinner Theatre, Playhouse Square, the House of Blues, Severance Hall, Cleveland Public Hall, the Akron Civic Theatre, the Canton Players Guild, the University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Hall and Paul A. Daum Theatre, the Crawford Auto Museum, and Cleveland’s largest excursion ship, the Goodtime III.
In his career, Justin has served hundreds of local artists and ensembles as well as dozens of major recording artists and other headliners such as Dave Matthew’s Band, Christina Aguilera, Brooks & Dunn, Les Miserables, the WARP Tour, and even Cirque du Soleil.
As a professional wedding entertainer, Justin has studied with some of the biggest names in wedding entertainment in the country and internationally. He has completed both the “Make it Grand” two day intensive Grand Entrance Workshop and the two day intensive seminar the “Professional Process” with world renowned author and wedding DJ/MC Peter Merry (Wedding Entertainment Director®, WED Guild® Founder, and Author of “The Best Wedding Reception…EVER!”) and Elisabeth “Liz” Daley (Wedding Entertainment Director® and President of the WED Guild®). Additionally, he has also completed training with Mark and Rebecca Ferrel’s Marbecca Master of Ceremonies program. He is a graduate of the American DJ Academy.
Justin also holds several information technology credentials, including COMPTIA’s A+, COMPTIA’s Security +, and COMPTIA’s Network+; Microsoft’s MCP and Microsoft’s MCSA; and Cisco’s CCENT and Cisco’s CCSA. He is licensed to broadcast by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a General Class Amateur Radio Operator (HAM).
In addition to his administrative and technological work for Something New Entertainment, Justin remains active in the field and in the community as a DJ/MC and lighting designer and in volunteer efforts for a number of causes close to his heart, including Men and Women’s Health awareness and research, the arts, and the fair and equitable treatment of all people through organizations such as the Movember Foundation, the Northern Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NOBCCF); the Humility of Mary Life Opportunity Services (H.M. Life); the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Summit, Medina, and Stark Counties; Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio; and Torchbearers Akron. He is also a founding member of the Northeast Ohio DJ Association. He has also served as an educational speaker for the Mobile Beat Disc Jockey Conference’s Disc Jockey Event Planner Intensive, SYN/HAK, and NEOISF.
He’s known for his technological prowess, cleverness, and undeniable popularity among grandmothers.
In his free time, Justin enjoys cooking, studying and setting technology trends, watching films, fine dining, running, and building things.
Want to learn more about booking Justin for your wedding? He is best reached via e-mail at justin at SomethingNewEntertainment.com