Visit from Roy S. Rogers
August 5th, 2017

July 26, 2017

Roy S. Rogers visited Living Arts College today. Roy is the owner of Profile Modeling Agency in Durham, NC and a professional Model & Actor.

His talk today with our students was focused on the role his agency plays in the creative world and how he discovers talent to represent. Roy expressed that brand management was essential and that presenting your brand with integrity plays a huge part in personal success and professional accomplishments.

Roy will be returning to the college in the future with models from his agency to speak about the ways actors and models can influence the public through their talents in advertising and marketing.




Students Pitch Local Industry Professionals
August 5th, 2017

by Professor Marx Myth
July 27, 2017

The Conceptual Design students made their preliminary pitches for a new product/service idea and design. This was a trial run of sorts, but the students were encouraged to be thorough and authoritative and to think along the lines of something like “Shark Tank”.

The class instructor, Marx Myth, asked students to be ready with all didactic content previously covered prior to the pitch. Mr. Myth emphasized they needed to be rehearsed enough to communicate their ideas effectively.

The guest reviewer was Kevin Kolbe (https://kevinkolbe.com/); he was present to observe, listen, and give feedback on the students’ product concepts.

The 2nd reviewer Fredrik Perman (http://theproductfarm.com/) had a last minute deadline, and was unable to be with us. Mr. Perman has committed to return for the final review on Sept. 5th.




Living Arts student gives back to local community
July 27th, 2017

 

Living Arts College graduate Ola Samuel was featured in the local newspaper, The News & Observer. The newspaper published an article about area residents donating school supplies to the Raleigh Rescue Mission, a nonprofit charity that helps children in need. We at Living Arts College are so proud that our graduate has assisted in making an education available to others!




STUDENTS AT LIVING ARTS WORK ON INDEPENDENT FEATURE!
July 27th, 2017

 

June 17, 2017

The movie “Voidfinder” from Invader Films, premiered at Living Arts College. Current Film student Austin Bitikofer was a cinematographer and assistant producer and Film student, Asia Bullock was a boom operator for the film.

 

 




Preschool Graduation
June 6th, 2017

June 1, 2017

Living Arts hosted a preschool graduation on June 1, 2017. Wakefield Creative School had 30 some young students in preschool and kindergarten walk across our stage for their graduation ceremony. It is a privilege for our college to open our doors to the community in order to encourage education to the young and old alike.




Animazement
June 2nd, 2017

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OUR CREATIVE STUDENTS

Our students from Living Arts are featured here in their cosplay for Animazement, a yearly Convention about Animation characters. Animazement is held in downtown Raleigh and many of our talented students dress up as their favorite anime or cartoon characters.




Lenny Terenzi – AIGA & Hey! Monkey
June 2nd, 2017

By Emily Houghland

Today Lenny Terenzi came to speak to our class about professional networking and the importance of relationships in the industry. He was actually part of the very first graduating classes from 1992. He has since worked a few different jobs, including working with SASS and creating his very own business called Hey! Monkey. He is currently the VP for AIGA. The Raleigh AIGA chapter was the 8th chapter to be created out of the now 72 chapters that are working all over the US. They’re mission is to get everyone involved in Graphic Art and help get rid of the sexism, racism, etc. of the industry.

As Lenny was stressing, the most important things you need to be able to accomplish or have are as follows: support network, career advancement, skill based training, break out of your comfort zone, community involvement, and a home. Without these things, someone can’t really succeed or grow because you will always feel trapped in the same shitty job you first got.

Networking for example is not necessary. Giving someone your random business card because it avoids having to talk to them just doesn’t work in the long run. Without the people skills needed to form actual relationships and friends, even if you get a job you won’t be able to keep it, because people are looking for a good atmosphere. If you take someone to lunch or coffee and make conversation that isn’t about work, you’ll make a real connection with that person instead of just exchanging pieces of paper.

Our whole job as an artist or a designer is to influence people. We have to have the sympathy to be able to understand the way the human mind works. Once you can connect with people, you have to decide what your standard for friends and clients is and then go from there. If you think within the first five minutes that the relationship won’t work out, whether its romantic or a friendship, then it may not be worth your time. This is the same way with job hunting too. Of course everyone will work a job they don’t care about to pay the bills for awhile, but once you have the experience you shouldn’t take the first thing thrown at you. Money is also not always the best way to determine if you’ll be happy there or not. Some place may pay you tons of money but you will be miserable working there. Other places may pay moderately but you love the people working there and the environment. You just have to decide what your goal for your career is.

I asked Tenny how he keeps his life so organized. He admits he cries at night from all the stress and things he has to do sometimes, which I can relate to. But as artistic people we admittedly are awful at staying focused or finishing things. It takes a lot to do something when there are so many distractions or ideas in your head. He says he likes to use a calendar instead of a To Do list. The To Do list just keeps piling up and becomes far too scary sometimes. A calendar lets you spread everything out to seem a little easier to digest.

I really enjoyed listening to Lenny Terenzi talk about his life and advice in the industry. He seems to have been through some tough times but kept moving forward. It’s inspiring.




Student Appreciation Week at Living Arts College, May 15-19, 2017
May 20th, 2017

DAY 1 – HAT DAY

DAY 2 – CARTOON CHARACTER DAY

DAY 3 – PAJAMA DAY




FIELD TRIP: THEO DAVIS PRINTING
May 20th, 2017

Professor Marx Myth’s class (BU218-Business Practices) took off to Zebulon to tour the facilities of Theo Davis Printing.

http://www.rrdonnelley.com/commercial-print/location/theo-davis-printing

This international printing company specializes in both small and large scale printing services. They “provide a spectrum of solutions designed to connect any brand with any audience”.

The students were asked to focus on and absorb information about TDP’s offset and digital printing processes and learn as much as possible about pre-press set up (preparing content appropriately for the printing process). Mike provided insights and inside information on all of this…with spades. He took the group on a personalized guided tour of the facility providing careful details on all stops. We visited the pre-press area (where we spent most of the tour), the print area (digital and off-set), the folding stations (where he discussed different bindery), and then shipping.

At the end Mike gave everyone business cards and encouraged them to send inquires and issues they might be experiencing to him, and also to Valerie Royall the Pre-press Manager.




GUEST SPEAKER: MICHAEL PERRY
May 20th, 2017

The Business Practices class (BU218) was fortunate to have a local authority visit and discuss legal issues surrounding creatives. Mike Perry is a Wake Forest attorney with more than 30 years’ experience. He has “represented clients in a wide variety of accidental injury or death claims arising from automobile accidents and premises liability. He has negotiated and tried numerous business and contract disputes in civil court and various charges in criminal court.”

Mike focused on contracts and setting up a business. He methodically went through the process of crafting a contract and provided everyone with a template (actual contract with names removed) to help guide the student’s approach to their individual contract layouts.
Mike also spoke to them about getting legal advice during the process of declaring your business A (LLC, S-Corp, Sole Proprietor, etc.…); this way you can have legal input if changes occur before annual refiling.

At the conclusion of his presentation, Mike left cards for the students. Afterwards Marx escorted him around the campus (his 1st visit). He was very impressed and might seek creative assistance later for advertising and design needs.