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.




FIELD TRIP: CLEAN DESIGN
May 20th, 2017

by Tyler Pinckney
(BU218-Studio Business Practices)

So we drove over to Clean Design and got the opportunity to meet Scott Scaggs (Chief Creative Office). He was highly impressive and was ready to present with a lot of information about his company and major. Clean Design started with around 16 employees and recently this year have a total of over 60 employees. They are working with big name companies from John Deer to Boone but they are always looking to give back to the community by working with nonprofit organizations or events to create content for them to have work to show potential clients but to also help others out as well.

The look of the place was very minimalistic and Clean…hint the name, but Scott made clear that the vibe of the staff is one of close friendship (they often lunch together and do things after work). He did point out that not all folks can mesh with this close-knit environment. They hire some people and a few of the new hires just didn’t fit in with their fun loose knit style so they had to let them go.

Clean Design’s clients are made to feel like they are a part of the process and so every idea seems to them as their original idea, so when the final project is done they feel “invested”. This keeps the staff and clients close and content.




GUEST SPEAKER: ADAM COHEN
May 20th, 2017

by Emily Houghland
(BU218-Studio Business Practices)

Adam Cohen is a Designer, Stand-Up Comedian, Visual Artist, and much more. He is a multitasking genius. In fact, I asked him how he kept his life so organized. He referred me to a bullet journal, and after using it for a few days I see how handy it is! The Bullet journal collects all your notes, events, tasks, long term goals, and other miscellaneous information. He said being organized is one of the most important things used to become and then stay successful.

He also talked about considering to work with a corporation or a long-standing business first instead of jumping right into trying to be a freelance designer and make a living. This way I would be able to observe the tips and tricks that company used to stay successful. This would also give you the opportunity to build up your professional portfolio without having to take on the full blame if something were to go wrong.
This leads to another point he made. Once you decide to open your own business, you need to open a separate bank account for any transactions involving the company. You can manage these funds with QuickBooks, Harvest, or any other money managing software. Each software has tons of resources online to help you figure it out. Having a separate bank account from your personal account could also protect you from getting all your money stolen. If you come into legal trouble and get sued for some reason they can take all the company money but none of your personal money or assets would be included in that.

Just as everyone has told me time and time again, networking is your best friend. Adam touched on the topic a little. He mentioned that some of the jobs or opportunities he has come across were simply possible because of the people he knew. As much as I don’t want to say it. Success is a popularity contest, mixed with whether you’re talented or not, and your professionalism skills when you need it. As Adam suggested, I think I’m going start going to different clubs and events and introduce myself and what I do to become a little more recognized. Hopefully getting out there more could lead to some great job opportunities or even a few small ones, anything is better than nothing.
Adam mentioned the importance of staying updated and relevant on social media and online at websites or portfolios. You should be posting at least 2-3 times week on your business profiles. This keeps you in the public eye and helps tracks the progress you continually make. This of course will bring in new customers as well depending on how large your following is.
In all, having Adam Cohen come in and talk to us was very informative. I enjoyed talking to him because he was down to earth yet incredibly experienced. It was a quick talk since not everyone had much to ask him, but I learned a lot.

https://www.yourpaladam.com/




Living Arts College and “Hola NC”
May 8th, 2017

Apart from being an exhibiting artist, Living Arts College Professor Georges Le Chevallier is also a TV host for the TV Show “Hola NC” which airs in the Triangle on Sunday mornings at 10:30am on Fox 50.

Hola North Carolina is a local bilingual lifestyle program, which appeals to both Spanish and English speaking viewers. The show features segments on Latino lifestyle including food, legal matters, health and beauty, finance, sports and entertainment. Each show features an interview with a prominent local Latino leader. Since joining Hola NC over a year ago, Georges Le Chevallier has interviewed many celebrities, prominent athletes, politicians and artists.

Georges Le Chevallier, who was born in France from a French father and a Puerto Rican mother, grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He has also lived in New York City, Long Beach (CA) and Madrid, Spain. His paintings and photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally in respected galleries, cultural spaces and museums.

Georges Le Chevallier is not the only member of the Living Arts College family doing work for Hola NC. Professor Michael Pierce is co-producer and editor for the show, and David Wilson, a Living Arts College alumni, freelances as a camera person for Mr. Pierce.

To see an example of Hola NC, click on the link: http://www.wral.com/news/noticias/video/16396554/

Image Captions:
– Georges Le Chevallier and Contemporary Art Museum’s Exhibitions Director Eric Gaard
– Georges Le Chevallier
– Georges Le Chevallier and Mexican pop singer and actor Michel Duval
– Georges Le Chevallier and UNC System President (and Former US Secretary of Education under President Bush) Margaret Spellings
– Georges Le Chevallier and General Consul of Mexico in the Carolina, Remedios Gomez Arnau
– Georges Le Chevallier and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (1st Puerto Rican woman to be elected to the US Congress)-
– Georges Le Chevallier and North Carolina FC player, Austin Da Luz
– Georges Le Chevallier and Argentinian Soprano Lorena Guillen and composer Alejandro Rutty




Living Arts College Alumnus on set and at the premiere of film “Unbridled”
May 8th, 2017

    

Movie premiere for the film “Unbridled” starring Eric Roberts and directed John David Ware.
produced by Moving Visions Entertainment.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5498056/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Living Arts College graduate Justin Fick worked as an Assistant DIT on the film and was at the premiere event with the rest of the cast and crew.