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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 11-27-16




This Happy Thanksgiving Holiday graphic was sent in by Anne Reeves, Professional Presentation Coach and graphic design studio Partner- Thanks Anne for staying in touch and sending your wonderful images!
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The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers. Be inspired by their accomplishments and take your career to the next level!

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- Marina Diaz is in need of our help as she has recently lost her house and her studio. Please visit her GoFundMe account and help one of our fellow artists in her time of need…

- Michael Salvatore Tierney brings us up to date on his latest accomplishments including five images from the series on exhibit at the University at Buffalo New York in a group show, and one image from the series on display at the Torrance Art Museum, in the upcoming exhibition South Bay Focus, which opened November 19th

- Natalia Sanchez sent us information and five photos updating her recent work in the Sahara Desert to help the people of that region, Merzouga, Morroco

- ArtCenter College of Design is requesting that we donate art and design books by Friday, December 16, to the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, in Nepal. This work was started by ArtCenter Photography student, Letian Zhou, who “recognized the need to make time for service learning opportunities outside the classroom”…

- Jennifer Julian alerts us that The National Endowment for the Humanities- NEH Media Production Grants deadline for submissions is January 3. Those interested in being considered for film grants in Feature Films, Television, and Documentaries are encouraged to click on the links and find out more…

- Barbara Dumetz informs us that, “Mine and my Grandfather's photograph's are used as the family photo props on the set of ‘Almost Christmas’! This holiday and family oriented comedy is currently running in theaters. Have some fun and look for her family photos while enjoying the film!…

- Registration for classes at the ArtCenter College of Design begin Monday, November 2.
Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and run through April 22. 


- Velvette Delaney, MFA Candidate-Ohio State University is interested in your feedback on Environmental Sustainability. This research is part of an MFA thesis project to help assess whether or not a digital tool would be useful to determine the environmental impact of design decisions.
Time frame from Wednesday, November 23rd. to Friday, December 9th.  

Go here to fill out the survey: goo.gl/PKJFUE 

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Those were the headlines, now here are the extended inspirational stories of the accomplishments of our creative community members:






This is a very important Editor’s note:
Please help Marina who is a very strong and important member of our creative community who needs our support by giving to her GoFundMe account!


- Marina Diaz, Mom and Portrait Artist-

“Hi there world! Artist mom needs help…
My name is Marina, I am a mom and a portrait artist.  I had a lot of fun in the 80's working in graphic design and dancing the night away.  Then I hunkered down in the early 90's to study advertising and fine art at an amazing and challenging art school, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Some of you may have heard about it. It was there that I uncovered the ability to draw and paint portraits. In the later 90’s I had 3 kids and was a stay at home mom. I also able to work in schools as an art teacher and as an art docent. Being home also gave me the opportunity to continue working in my studio on portraiture.

I lost my house and art studio…, of all things to happen to me!

I lost my studio and my house on Monday November 14, 2016, yes, the other day... The short version is that my house was the victim of some sad life circumstances… Once it started, I was powerless to stop it, although I tried.

Yes, losing my house and my studio saddens me, but I can’t let it stop or devastate me. I don't think I need to throw in the towel and give up, as creative as I am, I am also a tenacious and optimistic woman. I believe that now is the place and time for my portraiture and that there is a place for me to live and work.”

Marina Diaz

Marina’s GoFundMe account is: https://www.gofundme.com/h1p2oo


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- Michael Salvatore Tierney, Fine Art Photographer- “Hi Tony, Trust you are well. I wanted to send along a couple of updates on my work…

First of all, the series of residential architecture from around Los Angeles county we talked about has been named aptly, "Vernacular Los Angeles”*, and it is well under way.

I have 5 images from the series on exhibit at the University at Buffalo New York in a group show titled, “The Measure of All Things; Rethinking Humanism Through Art". I'll attach the announcement at the bottom. Also, I will have 1 image from the series on display at the Torrance Art Museum, in the upcoming exhibition South Bay Focus, which opened November 19th (attachment below as well).

That's all for now…”
best,
michael

*“Vernacular Los Angeles” is a continuation of my work dealing with a sense of place. It looks at everyday residential architecture from over 200 neighborhoods, communities, and cities that typically lay outside the mainstream narrative of Los Angeles County. While these places are rarely destinations to anyone beyond their immediate residents, their contribution to the culture and development of Los Angeles is immeasurable. The focus is on the built environment, but a deeper reading of the work reveals issues of race, immigration, socio economics, class, the environment, and change.

michael salvatore tierney
323.788.7878
http://www.tierneyprojects.com

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- Natalia Sanchez, Systems Engineer at JPL/NASA, and Educator/Documentarian- “Hi Tony, I’m flattered you'd like to share this with your audience…
I’m attaching more than 3 pics. Please pick the ones that strike you most. They're iPhone pictures, so not great quality, appropriately so, I guess.

Objectives- The Sahara Chronicles started as an experimental project to research a "forgotten,” barely-known, secluded culture at the edge of the North African desert and understand the desires/needs of this disappearing peoples.  
The initial goal was simply to learn and tell the story of their existence, as well as to get renowned inspiration for my personal and professional life.
Over a few weeks, the goal evolved into a more solution-oriented idea to identify and implement ways to  address their priorities, in the long and short-term—in a way that can be sustained by the community itself and enables them to continue advancing.

How I got interested:
A vacation trip to The Sahara sparked this particular endeavor after encountering a culture that had never come up in my candid and academic education on history, geography, world politics, and related subjects or were ever mentioned in NatGeo documentaries or by the countless travelers I'd met around the world.
After hearing a few stories about their place in history and in today's government, it reminded me of the tree sound riddle: “If a tree falls and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?"  I thought maybe I could empower them to make a sound and revive their aspirations for a happier future.

Arrangements
I arranged my travel using what I learned in my previous vacation trip, and stayed in contact with my tour guide to find a place to live. Booked a flight, found some Airbnb’s for the time in the city and bought a bus ticket to Merzouga. My transportation situation was TBD at the time i left, although I’d plan to arrange the purchase of a car... Turns out I didn't need one after all.

All the best, N

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Dear ArtCenter Faculty, Staff, and Students: “Recently, one of our Photography students, Letian Zhou, recognized the need to make time for service learning opportunities outside the classroom. She connected with the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal to take photos and document their life, educational system, and community needs. Nepal faces it’s own difficulties in terms or resources and community outreach, and to say the least the 2015 earthquake presented additional challenges to the country and its people. The Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School has been damaged, nearly beyond repair and many of its students travel long distances to learn in less than adequate environments.The children still don’t have access to the schools biggest building, housing the large hall, Library, Computer & Science Labs and classrooms. Government permission for repairs and retrofitting finally got underway in July, but there will be no help from the government. 

We reach out to you as ArtCenter community members who can influence the world through Art, Design and Education.
It is our hope that you will donate books to expand the learning that happens at the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal. Below is a message from Letian and a list of literature genres that we are hoping to collect and mail abroad by the end of the semester.  Below are links to the school’s website and donation site. If you are unable to donate books, please consider other methods of donation as well as the possibility of volunteerism.

Genres Requested:
Art books: Fine art, Photography, Architecture, Transportation Design
Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox ikons
Ghibli Studio- Japanese
Books about nature and the ocean
Cultural specific art history books
Novels for young adults

Books appropriate for kids 4 years to early 20s

Please drop off all book donations to the CSE (Hillside, Rm200B) , or at any of the donation boxes located in each building (Hillside @ South Entrance, 870 @ Lobby, 950 @ Lobby, and 1111 @ 3rd Floor) by Friday, December 16.

Message from Letian:
Hello everyone, my name is Letian Zhou. I had a great opportunity to volunteer for the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal during our spring break (April 2016). While I was in Nepal documenting their school life, I was shocked by the horrible environment they live in. I believe kids are the future of our world, and it’s necessary for us to offer help that we can give.Through helping the kids, we might change the future of Nepal. I always believed that, although we cannot help everyone, everyone can help someone.

Currently there are two ways to help: either through making online donations or mailing necessities to them directly. However, I learned in my recent travels that Customs in Nepal regularly confiscate anything other than books. To make a money donation, you can go to http://www.rinpoche.com/hcfa.htm,  and for those that have books to donate, please consider bringing in any that match the requests above (highlighted in yellow).

This semester my peers and I created 4 donation containers for this drive. You can find them in each ArtCenter building.
Special thanks to Cooper Dai, Resi Ying, Yasmin Boromand, Albee Liu, and SiCong Sui for all your handwork and dedication to making the boxes!

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- Jennifer Julian, Actress, Filmmaker, Presentation Consultant, informs us about:

National Endowment for the Humanities- NEH Media Production Grants

Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.
All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.

Radio projects, including podcasts, may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.
NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.
Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience.
Grant Deadline: 3 January

Film Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/upcoming-film-grants
Feature Film Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/feature-film
Television Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/television
Documentary Grants  - http://www.filmdaUpcoming Film Grants in your Mailbox

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- Barbara Dumetz, Photographer- “Mine and my Grandfather's photograph's are used as the family photo props on the set of ‘Almost Christmas! It's in theatre's now.”

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- Registration for classes at the ArtCenter College of Design begin Monday, November 28.
Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and run through April 22.  You can go online to see a full roster of the informative classes offered this spring term by clicking on the ACN website, https://www.artcenter.edu/acn

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- Velvette Delaney, Graphic Designer, Sustainability Advocate, and MFA Candidate, Ohio State University- “Hi Tony! Happy belated Thanksgiving! Thanks for sending the newsletter. I meant to send you my final survey link to include, but I didn’t go it fast enough. Is it possible to still add it to the website/blog? If it is, here’s the info (and the flyer is attached).

We are interested in your feedback on Environmental Sustainability. This research is part of an MFA thesis project for Velvette Delaney. It will be used to help assess whether or not a digital tool would be useful to determine the environmental impact of design decisions.
Time frame from Wednesday, November 23rd. to Friday, December 9th. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated!

Go Here: goo.gl/PKJFUE
Velvette Delaney
de-laney.a@osu.edu
dewdropstudios@gmail.com

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That’s it for now, and that’s quite a bit to think about. Those are some of the amazing things these incredible artists in our creative circle are creating. Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they design meaning within their careers. Thanks to all for their informative and inspiring contributions.

If you are not on the mailing list and would like to receive owe monthly notices of these Updates please contact tony@tonylunacreative.com. Conversely if you would like to be removed from the email list simply email tony@tonylunacreative.com and write "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.

Keep sending in your informative and motivating emails. I may have to edit them in the interest of space but I will do my best to keep their integrity. Emails and notices are usually posted in the order they are received. Tony Luna Creative-Updates are produced approximately once a month so please provide enough lead time when submitting emails so they can be posted in a timely fashion.

Keep creating wonderful art and design, and, as always, stay in touch!

Best.

Tony

Tony Luna Creative
A Creative Consultancy
819 North Bel Aire Drive
Burbank, CA 91501
Home office: 818-842-5490

Email: tony@tonylunacreative.com
http://www.tonylunacreative.com
http://www.tonylunacreative.blogspot.com
Adjunct Professor: Art Center College of Design
Contributing Consultant to "Bokeh Magazine, The Art and Life of Photography," an online magazine for the iPads and iPhones.
Author: "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" Allworth Press and
"Mastering the Business of Photography: What the Pros Do When They Are Not Taking Incredible Photos" Skyhorse/Allworth Press

Providing support, inspiration and networking for mid-career creative professionals

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tony Luna Creative-Update- 10-30-16


The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers. Read on and keep the creative spirit alive!

- Happy Halloween!

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- Our Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part One class, “Discovering the Dream” has some amazing members this term. If you are thinking about retooling your career please consider participating in our unique course. The next session for ArtCenter at Night begins the week of January 16, and CMC-Part One will commence on Tuesday, January 17 at 7:00. If you have any questions about the ArtCenter at Night classes you may contact, https://www.artcenter.edu/acn/coursedescriptions.jsp   

- Brian Biery encourages us to take a look, and to subscribe, to his blog, The Power of One. His blog, “features stories of folks just like us who have a vision for how our world can be: a place that is fair and just to all of its residents.”…

- Cristina Benedetti sent in photos to share of a collaborative project she did combing Los Angeles mural art, Body art, photography, and of course the art of dance to produce some intriguing images that made their way into the body painting magazine, Skin Markz. This is a truly fun and exciting work and we encourage Cristina to continue with the project...

- Natalia Sanchez has embarked on a grand adventure of good will in North Africa. While on a trip to the Sahara Desert she noticed the lack of educational information available to the Berber people especially young women. She has returned to meet with the people of the desert and document her story as she relates, “all my stories about going to the US from Colombia and my journey to reach my dream of working at NASA, as well as encouraging words and teachings on website creation/computer skills…” Her’s is a fascinating and compelling story and we will keep you posted, and you can follow her on her Facebook (TM) page to keep current…

- Catherine Ledner invites us to “…check out the upcoming launch, this November 15, of the KickStarter campaign to fund the completion of their documentary film on prominent American architect, and student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Ledner. The film captures Albert’s singular design, process and inspiration. One sees Albert amidst his current projects at the age of 92 and also reflecting up and examining his body of work and life…

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Those were the headlines, now here are the extended inspirational stories of the accomplishments of our creative community members:


Jervey Tervalon and his daughter at home. Writer, professor, literary sage, cultural recorder, working class hero, father. (Photo by Brian Biery, from The Power of One blog by Brian Biery)

- Brian Biery, Photographer, Documentarian- “Hi Tony, Thank you very much for keeping me connected to these great projects!
Here is a new post from my Power of One blog: http://powerofone.brianbiery.com/2016/10/jervey-tervalon/  I hope you are able to share it with your artistic community!”

The POO Blog: This blog features stories of folks just like us who have a vision for how our world can be: a place that is fair and just to all of its residents. Everyone has a role to play and we all have the talents to fulfill them, sometimes we just need a bit of inspiration and encouragement in order to stay the course.
Subscribe: Subscribe to our RSS feed. Connect on Flickr and Facebook.
About Brian Biery: Brian Biery is a documentary photographer who work has been featured in numerous publications. He was the photographer for the book Power of One - Pasadenans Shaping Our Community (2003), written by Traude Gomez.

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(Close-up Photo by Aya Shimizu. Full body picture by Fabio Pliger.)

- Cristina Benedetti- Choreographer, Dancer- “Good morning Tony, Hope everything is well. Here are the information and pictures about the project I did this summer that I promised I would share with you for your blog.

The idea of this project was born with driving the streets of Los Angeles and the desire of working with different artists together. The amount of street art that has appeared in the last few years has been so impressive and beautiful to me. I always find myself stopping by and taking pictures. Plus I have been a dancer for the past 25 yrs. but lately found myself always hanging out with my same peers and wanted to try new things.

So when my best friend Anna Chapovalov, who is a body painter artist, told me she was coming in town to visit me I took the opportunity in hand and asked to do a project together where it was combining her art, my movement, some street art and a photographer. After scouting the streets of L.A. for few weeks I came across a beautiful mural in Hollywood made by famous street artists OG Slick and Chaz Bojorquez to celebrate the historical Hollywood Sound Studio.
So here is a result of 5 different artists coming together. With this project we got an article in a body painting magazine called Skin Markz.”

Cristina Benedetti
http://www.cribene.com
Twitter: @cribene
Instagram: @cristina.benedetti
http://www.youtube.com/user/cribenela

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(Screenshot of Natalia's Facebook page)

- Natalia Sanchez- Systems Engineer at JPL/NASA and Educator/Documentarian- “Tony-- I've been thinking about you! Hope all is well in ArtCenter College-land.
Things here in Merzouga (southeastern Morocco) move slowly, and the slow pace has inevitably rubbed off on me a little bit. I've been taking my sweet time gathering thoughts, stories, and whatever writing material I can, but I have enough to tell even at this point (even tho the 2 most exciting things are yet to come).  Now the harder task of structuring all my notes into nice little pieces of writing can begin.

I ended up ditching my initial idea of a travel blog website in favor of the much less cumbersome Facebook notes, so I hope you're able to tune in and chime in. I've posted only 2 this far, but I intend for the upcoming ones to be the real meat of the story. I'll likely hold off until I fly to Europe next month to upload more posts, although i'm trying to keep up with the pictures in the meantime (much easier).

I've been lucky to have the help of several locals who work at the tourist camps (with the camels) for the everyday needs like buying food and learning my way around . However, I must say I’ve been disappointed about the lack of interest on educational talks and material around here... it seems they have resigned themselves to a life without opportunities and tell me that people here don't have dreams or hope. I'm hoping that all my stories about going to the US from Colombia and my journey to reach my dream of working at NASA, as well as encouraging words and teachings on website creation/computer skills, helps them gain a more positive perspective.

The language barrier has been a major setback for engaging with the girls/women here. I made the mistake of assuming that women would speak Spanish or English just like all the locals we met when we were here last time—totally overlooking the fact that everyone we interacted with were males (rookie mistake!). BUT, I was able to get an NGO that works to educate Berber and Muslim girls (it's called education for all EFA) to take interest in me coming by for a talk or any kind of volunteering activity. Despite it taking the better part of two months to give me the go, I will be visiting them at their ‘head house’ near Marrakesh in a couple of weeks.”

(Edtor’s note: The rest of this email will be posted in a later blog. Keep tuning in to see how Natalia’s adventure continues…)

“I’ll let you go for now. Sending you my best from here”

Natalia


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- Catherine Ledner, Photographer-  “Dear Friends, Supporters and Colleagues, Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson are inviting you to mark your calendars to check out the upcoming launch, this November 15, of the KidkStarter campaign to fund the completion of their documentary film on prominent American architect, and student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Ledner. We have been shooting for the last year and a half and are not getting to launch a fundraising campaign to see the film to fruition. We appreciate your support and will be sending a couple more reminders as the big day approaches.
Very Best from Catherine Ledner and Roy Beeson.

Designing Life, The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner is an immersion into the life and work of the modernist architect Albert Ledner. The film captures Albert’s singular design, process and inspiration. One sees Albert amidst his current projects at the age of 92 and also reflecting up and examining his body of work and life. The film is intended for not only architecture aficionados but for people interested in the creative process, invisible design and thinking radically outside the box. The documentary is slated for release in 2017.

A four-minute Preview of the film was recently shown to a warm reception at The Architecture and Design Film Festival in New Orleans this past August.”

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Well there you have it. Those are some of the amazing things these incredible artists in our creative circle are creating. Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they design meaning within their careers. Thanks to all for their informative and inspiring contributions.

If you are not on the mailing list and would like to receive owe monthly notices of these Updates please contact tony@tonylunacreative.com. Conversely if you would like to be removed from the email list simply email tony@tonylunacreative.com and write "Unsubscribe" in the subject line.

Keep sending in your informative and motivating emails. I may have to edit them in the interest of space but I will do my best to keep their integrity. Emails and notices are usually posted in the order they are received. Tony Luna Creative-Updates are produced approximately once a month so please provide enough lead time when submitting emails so they can be posted in a timely fashion.

Keep creating wonderful art and design, and, as always, stay in touch!

Best.

Tony

Tony Luna Creative
A Creative Consultancy
819 North Bel Aire Drive
Burbank, CA 91501
Home office: 818-842-5490

Email: tony@tonylunacreative.com
http://www.tonylunacreative.com
http://www.tonylunacreative.blogspot.com
Adjunct Professor: Art Center College of Design
Contributing Consultant to "Bokeh Magazine, The Art and Life of Photography," an online magazine for the iPads and iPhones.
Author: "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" Allworth Press and
"Mastering the Business of Photography: What the Pros Do When They Are Not Taking Incredible Photos" Skyhorse/Allworth Press

Providing support, inspiration and networking for mid-career creative professionals

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 9-30-16

The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers. Read on and fuel the fires that burn within!

 
-Our September SchmoozeFest was a Schmash Hit! We had a wonderful turnout and lively discussion ranging from protecting your intellectual property to how to attract new business. The discussions were followed by a spirited networking session providing introductions with a little deal making thrown in. Mark your calendars now for our next planned SchmoozeFest event on Thursday, January 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the ArtCenter at Night South Campus building 950 South Raymond Avenue in Pasadena.

- The new term at ArtCenter at Night has gotten off to a great start with the seven wonderful members of our Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One class. And we have two energetic enrollees taking Parts Two and Three to help them grow the concepts.

- Soren Petersen announces his new position as Dean of Academic Affaires at Niels Brock CIBU, located in San Diego. Congratulations Soren and thank you for being such an important part of our SchmoozeFests and for introducing us to the wonderful world of analytics and entrepreneurism. You are the best and the California International Business University is fortunate to have you!

- Robyn Stark has started a new business and she is the perfect one to make it happen! She has started Intote.coa travel blog with tips, hacks, and inspiration for couples and young families.” Since going on her honeymoon she discovered a niche in the marketplace to provide information for travelers who are looking for that unique getaway experience. Include her in your travel plans and have a memorable time through Intone.co!

- Jennifer Julian lets us know that the deadline for the Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship grants is October 11. As a former Fulbright recipient herself she encourages anyone interested to look into this incredible opportunity to enhance your creative experience.

- Ulrike Kerber has some interesting comments, worthy of being passed on, regarding the importance of understanding the necessity to be a good business person in a creative field. Her comment, “I think that designers have to learn more about how to run a business”
reminds us to do what we can to teach business issues in our arts education programs. If you feel she is on to something don’t hesitate to contact her and give your her your suggestions. She has been a proponent of good business practices and would appreciate hearing from you.

- Art Center and One Colorado Art & Design Open Market are offering an opportunity to members of the ArtCenter community to exhibit and sell your work at the Art & Design Open Market scheduled for Sunday, October 23rd, 8am–3:00pm. For more information click on the Tony Luna Creative- Update blog link. Good luck!

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Those were the headlines, now here are the extended inspirational stories of the accomplishments of our creative community members:






- Soren Petersen, PhD- “Greetings, Trust you are well and have enjoyed the summer. We have just returned from a wonderful time in Copenhagen where I taught two separate five-week courses at Copenhagen Business School. Last week I began my new position as Dean of Academic Affaires at Niels Brock CIBU (California International Business University), in San Diego, responsible for building capabilities within Design, Innovation, New Entrepreneurial Ventures and Big Data Analytics.

Yours sincerely,”

Soren

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- Robyn Stark, Founder, Intote.co - a travel blog- “Hey Tony, Great to hear these updates on former students! I don't know if you remember me, I took your class a couple of years ago and have since worked with a tech school called General Assembly where I picked up all the skills I needed to finally launch my own site. Intote.co is a travel blog with tips, hacks, and inspiration for couples and young families! I'm now working on this full time and looking forward to sharing with the community in the next update you send out! I'd love to have members subscribe, follow us on any of the below social channels and/or provide any suggestions for content they'd like to see to me at robyn.stark@gmail.com.

Here's our social channels:
Facebook: In Tote Page
Instagram: @intoteblog
Twitter: @intoteblog
Google+: In Tote Page

http://www.intote.co

Thanks Tony!
All my best,"
Robyn

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- Jennifer Julian, Actress and Motivational Speaker, Member of the current Crafting a Meaningful Career—Part One class- “Hi Tony, Hope you are (doing) great! Just wanted to forward this in case you or anyone you know of is interested in applying.  The deadline is Oct. 11 and speaking as a former Fulbright recipient, the Fulbright folks don’t mess around with applications so it would be wise for potential applicants to start now.  It would be an AWESOME experience!
http://us.fulbrightonline.org/fulbright-nat-geo-fellowship
Take care,”
Jen Julian

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Ulrike Kerber, Designer, Creative Director—Viva Design- “Dear Tony, I have lately been studying on how to coach/mentor better and teach something meaningful to give students something bigger and better than just merely software tricks. Lynda.com is an incredible resource, where I found a video by Chris Do from design studio Blind who talks about "Embracing Change", that resonates with me! "Stop being a graphics person, because design is much bigger than graphics".

In the end of the 90s (and beginning 2000s) there was a lot of money in the entertainment/post business and freelance designers in LA charged $700-800/day.  Back then we even hired talents who were more than $1000/day! Well, times have changed and budgets went down, client's expectations remained high and freelance designers still try to charge the same. This upward pressure from freelancers and downward pressure from clients still creates a big challenge. Many post production and design companies closed their doors because of this. And a lot of designers sing a nostalgic, whiny song, how things used to be better in the past...bla, bla ( I sing that song too:)

Instead of complaining about the ongoing challenge, which is all too easy, I like to see these pressures as a catalyst for change. I do things a bit different now, compared to maybe just a year ago, and I am actually glad for the change. I offer a more flexible approach, to work with clients together in a different way and sometimes I offer clients to come into my office and work with me hands-on... or I go onsite, if it helps to be more directly available. This reduces the time and therefore budget and also the stress of possible misunderstandings. I also use other tools and resources now: from stock music to voice over sites, graphic elements, motion design and website templates, global outsourcing... everything is available, affordable and customizable. This again makes design easier and more cost effective. It is all about resourcefulness. I like to do projects from concept, design strategy design to completed branding. It is possible to stay in smaller budgets when parameters are set right and expectations are managed. ...and when the relationship between designer and client is honest and authentic.

I think that designers have to learn more about how to run a business. The design school where I studied, never offered a single biz class for artists, designers, photographers!  Business practices are an important subject matter, if you want to survive doing creative work and not working at the post office to finance your creative hobby.
With that in mind...back to work, there is much to learn!
Cheers,”

Ulrike
create. love. inspire










Ulrike Kerber
creative director, Viva Design Inc.
p 310.466.1154
http://www.vivadesign.com

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