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- John Wooden

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 3-31-15

Here are the headlines for what is the latest news in this Update:

- SchmoozeFest!
The next SchmoozeFest is coming up, Thursday May 7! You are being given fair notice to start getting together your presentations to share at our next incredible SchmoozeFest. And don’t worry, you don’t have to give a presentation to attend. You can join in the fun just to schmooze with other creative and talented like-minded people. It’s a great evening of information and inspiration, and who knows, you may meet someone with whom you can collaborate with on your next great idea!…

- Registration for the summer classes at Art Center at Night begins Monday, April 6, and the summer term begins May 9. Check out the website for classes that will inspire you and help you sharpen your skills…

- The next session of “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part One- Discovering the Dream” begins Tuesday, May 12 from 7:00 to 10:00. This unique class runs for fourteen weeks and was designed mainly to help mid-career professionals who are eager to take their careers to the next level. Are you ready to embrace change? Well then this is the class to help you in your latest pursuit…

- A reunion of the members of the Fall 2014 Crafting a Meaningful Career class was held on Tuesday, March 23 at Vanessa Stump’s incredible studio located at the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Colony…

- A big thanks goes out to the five creative professionals who acted as representatives of a fictional company to provide mock job interviews for the three sessions of the Art Center “Presentation and Career Preparation” classes

- Even though the event has passed make sure you stay in touch with Christine Saiyan for her Yoga Tune Up (R) and Self-Massage Workshop

- Shirin Raban’s film “The Fifth Question: Why is This Passover Different?” was screened at the USC Hillel on Thursday March 26 at 6:30 pm…

- If you love art and the out doors please visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and walk to the far side of the rose garden where you will see Craftsman/Sculptor Terry Eagan creating his incredible faux bois concrete art framework supporting the magnificent wisteria. If he is working stop by and say hello and let him know you read about him on this blog

- Thanks to College of the Canyons Adjunct Professor, Lee White, for inviting Tony Luna to deliver the lecture “Passion as the Focus of Your Portfolio” on Thursday, March 26 to the Parallax Photography Club

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Now here are the extended stories and links behind the headlines. Enjoy, and be prepared to be inspired by the accomplishments of our creative community members: 

SchmoozeFest!
- Mark you calendars. The next SchmoozeFest is Thursday, May 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Art Center South Campus (950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena) in Room #231. It would be great to see you there so we can experience the amazing work you have been doing, and you can be part of our “Schmoozy” networking session that will follow the presentations. This presentation and networking event is free and open to all who are interested in crafting more meaningful careers!




- Registration for the summer classes at Art Center at Night begins Monday, April 6, and the summer term begins May 11. Check out the exciting roster of inspiring classes available at the website, http://www.artcenter.edu/acn/coursedescriptions.jsp

- While looking over the class offerings for the summer term of ACN first go to: “Photography & Imaging,” then to “Crafting a Meaningful Career-1-ACN-473” to read the Course Description. Who knows this may be just the class you need to get you moving on to a more fulfilling career path. And keep in mind that many of the submissions to this blog are from creative professionals who took this course and are now living the careers they designed for themselves!

For more information about these and other classes you may call Art Center at Night at 626-396-2319, or you may go to their web site at
http://www.artcenter.edu/atnight/main.jsp

And you can always contact Tony Luna at tony@tonylunacreative.com.

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- There was a reunion of the Fall 2014 Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part One class on Tuesday, March 23 at Vanessa Stump’s amazing photo studio at the Los Angeles Brewery Arts Colony. Left to right: Joel Wilts-Morrison, Vanessa Stump, Bradley Schultz, Stephanie Zhong, Leslie Kim, Jeremy Jackson, and Tony Luna.

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- Many thanks must be given to the five creative professionals who volunteered to be the interviewer’s in Tony Luna’s “Presentation and Career Preparation” class for the mock job interviews. Those pros were Craig Mac Gowan, Chuck Chugumlung, Jillian Suzanne, Loren Tripp, and Tom Kobayashi. They not only gave valuable feedback to the Art Center students on their interview presentations but they inspired the students and helped prepare them for their internship and initial job interviews. To those who participated, you had a huge impact on helping our students get started and your insights are much appreciated!

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(This noteworthy event has past but had to be acknowledged. Contact Christine for future events.)

- Christine Saiyan, Yoga Instructor and Graphic Designer- Strengthen & Enhance Your Practice with a Yoga Tune Up® Self-Massage Workshop

Sunday, March 22nd

Your bodies are under stress from the work you do all day long. Despite being fit and strong, you can easily create shoulder, back and knee problems or make existing injuries worse.
How can your bodies be their best? How can you take care of stressed bodies without sick days or grinding through? 
This workshop is designed to deliver an interactive class that makes your body feel better immediately and gives tools to use for the rest of your career. 
Learn how to properly use self-myofacial therapy tools to erase pain and improve mobility and enhance performance.

 Contact Christine for more details:
    Email: christine.saiyan@gmail.com

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(This noteworthy event has also past but had to be acknowledged)

- Shirin Raban, Visual + Verbal Storyteller | Educator- Shirin’s new film “The Fifth Question: Why is This Passover Different?” was shown at the USC Hillel on March 26. Congratulations Shirin on another important work…
will be screening at the USC Hillel on Thursday March 26 at 6:30 pm.

310.869.5198
shirin@wingzdesign.com
http://www.wingzdesign.com

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Terry Eagan
, Craftsman/Sculptor- If you are fortunate enough to spend an afternoon at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens I suggest you look for Terry Eagan as he sculpts his incredible faux bois restoration project of “concrete trees.” He would love to talk with you about his amazing commission to rebuild the structure that graces the wisteria that graces the Rose Garden. You will be amazed at the craftsmanship and thoroughly enjoy watching Terry at work as he works on this incredible work of art.

terrance.eagan@gmail.com
http://www.fauxboisconcrete.info/

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Tony Luna gave a lecture at to the Parallax Photography Club at the College of the Canyons, March 26. The lecture was titled, “Passion as the Focus of Your Portfolio.” Thanks to photographer, Adjunct Professor, and friend, Lee White for making this lecture possible.

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Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they create 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, 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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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 2-28-15

Here are the headlines for the latest news in this Update:

- Congratulations to Jillian Suzanne who was recently accepted into the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Teaching/Learning in Art + Design Masters program! Good work Jillian! We are all proud of you…

- Angel Mendoza was interviewed by Derrick Duplessy on the “Purpose Rockstar” podcast. Click on the link and listen to the interview and get inspired by Angel’s story…

- The three students who just completed our “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part Two- Forming the Dream” class at Art Center at Night sent in examples of their current work and are creating the foundations for their new career ventures.
  
    - First is Laura Elliott who has been selected to be a speaker at the UtopYA 2015 conference in Nashville, TN for Women Writers of Young Adult novels and the Fans Who Love Them…
  
    - Jeremy Jackson recently directed and edited another outstanding video featuring the Syncopated Ladies tap ensemble and we have a link to view this amazing work and two other must see videos. Check them out…
  
    - Vanessa Stump happily let us know that she photographed the new March/April covers for the Cheap Eats issues of Westways magazine

- Alena St. James lets us know that her boyfriend has produced a new film titled, “Kindness is Contagious” and they have provided a link to accept pledges for marketing the movie. Take a look at the pitch video and help them in their worthy cause… 

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Now here are the extended stories and links behind the headlines. Enjoy, and be prepared to be inspired by the accomplishments of our creative community members:



















- Jillian Suzanne- International Artist/Illustrator- “Hi Tony! I first off wanted to thank you for all your help!!! And secondly would like to let you know I was accepted to the RISD Masters (tlad) teaching/ learning in art + design program!!!

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- Angel Mendoza, Artist, Graphic Artist- “Hiya Ese, As I threatened.. err, promised.  Here's a link to an interview I gave in which I mentioned you and your book!” -AM

Artist Angel Mendoza on childhood mentorship, career fulfillment, and Mesoamerican art during his podcast interview by Derrick Duplessy on “Purpose Rockstar.”

http://purposerockstar.com/artist-angel-mendoza-childhood-mentorship-career-fulfillment-mesoamerican-art/

(Editor’s note: Thank you Angel for your inspirational stories, insightful comments, and focus on what you love. And of course thanks for plugging the class, the book, and the many kind references to the work we do. You are a big part of the success of our group.)

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- Laura Eliott, Author, Travel Storyteller, and Inspirational Speaker-

“Hey Tony :)- GREAT class! Thank you so much for being such an inspirational person in my life. Your classes have really given me the ability to remember what's important in business and in life. What a blessing it is to have you to bounce ideas off of and to help me think out-of-the-box. Without your direction and wisdom I would not be where I am today in my business. Thank you very much!

I've been selected to present at UtopYA 2015 in Nashville, TN––a conference for Women Writers of YA and the Fans Who Love Them
. My presentation is THE ART & ADVENTURE OF THE INTERVIEW (or how I came face-to-face with Quentin Tarantino) on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:45 AM. Here's the link for more info about UtopYA.”

http://utopyacon.com/

My passion is to uplift and inspire people with humorous/exotic stories. If you need a life-affirming speaker, I’m your gal. Let’s talk about setting up a special presentation for your event. Drop me a line at elliwrite@yahoo.com
NEED TO GET AWAY? Take a 90-day spontaneous trip around the world with me on Laurasmagicday. Get your bags packed! First stop? OZ. If you can help spread the word I'd appreciate it.

Thanks for helping to spread the word!
Have a great day,
Laura

Laura Elliott, stories about travel, spirit and passion:
LAURASMAGICDAY, https://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com/
@Laurawriting, https://twitter.com/Laurawriting
Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/laurasmagicday/
Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/Laura-A.-H.-Elliott/e/B004KFSC92
Goodreads, http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5043385.Laura_A_H_Elliott
Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Laura.A.H.Elliott

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- Jeremy Jackson, Photographer, Director, and Editor-
“Hey Tony, Thanks again for a great class. Here's the link to the Syncopated Ladies video:

MY LOVE + Syncopated Ladies + Justin Timberlake = A Chloe Arnold/Sheryl Murakami collaboration

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARHTPDTVVKk

Best!”
Jeremy

Here’s two other must see videos by Jeremy featuring the Syncopated Ladies:

Chloe Arnold's Syncopated Ladies + TAP = ROAR / mobile
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFW0N6_4gmM

Lee How - FLEX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isp_EmhHdtg

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- Vanessa Stump, Food Photographer-

"Art Center Photography alumna Vanessa Stump is excited to share the new March/April covers for the Cheap Eats issue of Westways magazine."

Vanessa Stump
Photo00

Thanks
Vanessa

vanessa stump | 323-254-0704 | http//www.vanessastump.com | los angeles, california

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- Alena St. James, Graphic Designer- “My boyfriend Roy's latest movie that he has produced is the documentary ’Kindness Is Contagious.’ The film is now completed and Roy and the other producers are raising money for marketing. Please check-out the url below and support this great cause.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kindness-is-contagious

This site just went live, so a bunch of quick pledges would really help get the proverbial ball rolling. Please be kind and share the link with everyone.
Many, many thanks from myself and the producers.”

Alena

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Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they create 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, 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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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 1-31-15

Here are the headlines of what’s new in this Update:

- SchmoozeFest, January 8, 2015 was a resounding success with inspiring presentations followed by an enthusiastic networking session…

- There are currently three students enrolled in the “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part Two- Forming the Dream” class at Art Center at Night and they are moving forward on creating the foundations for their new career ventures…

- Tamar Levine is delighted to share information on her photo show “What A Life,” part of her “You Should Smile More” solo shot at the Lois Lambert Gallery. For more information go to the Tony Luna Creative- Update blog…

- Barbara Bordnick invites everyone to sign up for one of her famous Flower Photography Workshops at her studio in Manhattan, April 17 & 18, May 15 & 16, and June 20 & 21. This workshop will open your eyes to the wonders of flower photography and the genius of Barbara Bordnick…

- Simone Drucker is now a Studio Instructor in the Environmental Design department at the Art Center College of Design. Congratulations Simone, you will be a wonderful mentor to our talented students!…

- Christopher Marion Thomas will be the first emerging artist to be on display beginning February 18, 2015 in the Bert Long, Jr. Gallery in Houston, Texas. The mission of the Houston Museum of African American Culture is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations…

- Sylviose Dossous reminds us that our loved ones would appreciate some of her incredibly delicious macarons this Valentine’s Day

- Paul Gladdens informs us that he making his incredibly beautiful flower photographic prints available for sale. Please go to the Tony Luna Creative- Update blog to learn how to contact him…

- (Editor’s note: Tony Luna sends a heartfelt thank you to all those who sent their warm Happy Birthday regards on this his 70th. [OMG] birthday today)…

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Now here are the extended stories behind the headlines. Enjoy, and be prepared to be inspired by the accomplishments of our creative community members: 

SchmoozeFest- Our January SchmoozeFest was a resounding success due to the great turnout and the caliber of the presentations. Thanks to Lici Denning, Soren Petersen, Bret Ferrante, Laura Elliot, and Rick Ferrante for their inspiring presentations and to all the other attendees who enthusiastically joined in during the networking session. The next SchmoozeFest is tentatively set for May 7, from 6:30 to 9:30 P. M. and will again be at Art Center’s South Campus, 930 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA.

Photos from the SchmoozeFest:






 

 






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The spring term at Art Center at Night has begun and we currently have three students enrolled in “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part Two- Forming the Dream.” These participants are progressing rapidly as they examine the next steps to achieve their new career goals. Onward!


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Tamar Levine, Photographer, Director- “Happy New Year! I am so happy to finally be able to share ‘What A Life,’ http://tamarlevine.tumblr.com/post/107376224885/what-a-life
 the series I made for my solo show, ‘You Should Smile More.” These prints, other prints, and limited edition books are available by contacting the Lois Lambert Gallery.
http://www.loislambertgallery.com/.

Please click on the image to see more photos from this series. As always, new work can be found by visiting my website, http://www.tamarlevine.com.

I hope you're having a wonderful 2015!”
xxTamar

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- Barbara Bordnick, legendary fashion, portrait, nude and floral Photographer- 

Flower Photography Workshops by Barbara Bordnick- Come create a flower that will never die. Barbara Bordnick, author of three innovative, best selling books, Searchings: Secret Landscapes of Flowers, offers new two-day flowers photography workshops in her studio, located in the historic Photo/Flat Iron District of Manhattan.

Ms. Bordnick is a renowned fashion, portrait, nude and floral photographer who has taught workshops all over the world. Due to the popularity of her workshop in flower photography she has added three more in 2015: April 17 & 18, May 15 & 16, June 20 & 21.

To keep each workshop as intimate and hands-on as possible, only six students per workshop will be admitted. Along with demonstrations of lighting and set-up techniques, workshops begin with a trip to the New York wholesale flower market to choose flowers. Each student will go home with a gorgeous archival print of her/his won flower which will never die. Come see why everyone loves these workshops—and that yourself to a new experience!

Each Workshop is $900.00. Watch the video and sign up at http://www.barbarabordnick.com or email : info@searchings.us. 


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- Simone Drucker, Environmental Designer and Artist- Simone is now a Studio Instructor at Art Center College of Design. Development and instruction of an upper-level course in the Environmental Design department - Visual Poetics & Retail Design. Art Center’s Environmental Design department is fortunate to have her working with their talented students.

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- Christopher Marion Thomas, Fine Artist-
HOUSTON MUSUEM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE ANNOUNCES PUBLIC OPENING OF BERT LONG, JR. GALLERY FOR LOCAL ARTISTS
Houston, Texas, January 21, 2015– The Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) announces the January 30, 2015 the opening The Bert Long, Jr. Gallery for Local Artists.  An Invitation Ribbon Cutting ceremony will begin at 3:00 pm with a public opening January 31.  In recognition of his support of local artists, HMAAC has dedicated the gallery in Long's name to allow the Museum to annually exhibit the work of four emerging artists working in the greater Houston area. By creating this platform, HMAAC will give the community the opportunity to experience the best and most compelling of Houston's visual artists.

The gallery will feature original works by Bert Long, Jr. from January 30, 2015 - February 15, 2015. The first emerging artist to be on display beginning February 18, 2015 in the Bert Long, Jr. Gallery will be Christopher Marion Thomas!

The Bert Long, Jr. Gallery for Local Artists is generously sponsored by AT&T Foundation, which has given the museum artwork by Long from the AT&T Collection for the exhibition through a  long term loan, collectors Yvonne Aguirre and Stewart Krohn, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Margaret Losinski, and Joan Batson and the Family of Bert Long, Jr.

About HMAAC - The mission of HMAAC is to collect, conserve, explore, interpret, and exhibit the material and intellectual culture of Africans and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest and the African Diaspora for current and future generations.

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- Sylviose Dossous, the Macaron Maven!- Don’t forget to order your delicious (and deliciously romantic) Valentine’s Day macarons from Sylviose Dossous, the Macaron Maven herself.

Yummy flavors include: cookies and crème, hazelnut crème, pistachio, and red velvet $24 per dozen (includes delivery to Pasadena or Bella Fitness Studio in Glendale)
You can order on the website ($1 convenience fee) or pay cash upon delivery​.

sylviose@macaronmaven.com
http://www.macaronmaven.com

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- Paul Gladden, Fine Art Photographer-

Paul Gladden is now offering his amazing fine art photography prints for sale for the first time. You may contact Paul by emailing him so you may obtain print sizes and pricing directly from Paul.

pwgladden@mac.com

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(Editor’s Note: Thank you to all who sent Birthday wishes to Tony Luna today. With good thoughts coming in from creative people all over the world you have reinforced why it is such an honor to work with you and watch you succeed in the things you LOVE to create!)

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Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they create 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, 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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