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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tony Luna Creative- Update- 8-30-16

The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers followed by the complete stories. Read on and be inspired!

- SchmoozeFeast! It’s that time of year again to remind you that our next SchmoozeFest! will be Thursday, September 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 at the ArtCenter South Campus (950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena). From all appearances we should have a good turn out with many of our creative community members saying they are planning to join in the fun. A SchmoozeFest! is an opportunity for people who have taken our classes, workshops or attended our lectures to present their work to the attendees and practice their pitches or have a forum to let us know what they are up to. After the presentations we mill about and schmooze so we can trade ideas and contact information. It’s very casual and an open forum. So come and join us to be entertained and mostly inspired about what is happening at ArtCenter at Night in general, and Tony Luna Creative in specific.

- Registration is now ongoing so you can sign up for any of the wonderful and enlightening classes at ArtCenter at Night. You may sign up for any of the incredible classes at ACN and invigorate your creative juices. A list of new classes will be presented at the SchmoozeFest, or you can go online to see a full roster of the informative classes offered this fall term by clicking on the ACN website,

- All of the ArtCenter at Night/Public Program classes begin Monday, September 12

- Our “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part One- Discovering the Dream.” The class starts on the evening of Tuesday, September 13, from 7:00 to 10:00 P.M. and runs for fourteen weeks. In CMC-Part One the participants each make a deep dive into their personal histories to find out what they like, and what they do not like, about their careers to this point. Then, through a series of exercises, each one discovers how their unique skill sets, education, personal experiences, interests, and influences can help them to design a new, more meaningful, career. This is not just a class but rather it is the beginning of a life long journey of self-examination, and celebration of accomplishments, as well as introduction to a supportive community of creative professionals, that can lead to an increasingly purposeful life. 

- “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part Two- Forming the Dream.” This class picks up where Part One left off and the participants initiate a business plan and time table around the concepts they developed in Part One. Topics such as the Vision and Mission Statement, Product/Service Development, Marketing, Research of the Competition, Competitive Advantage, and Implementation are considered to help the students get a solid foundation on their next career opportunity. This six week class will be offered in the spring term. It can be followed by the third class “Crafting a Meaningful Career- Part Three- Fulfilling the Dream” which is scheduled to be offered in the summer term.

- Thanks to the creative professionals who visited the ArtCenter students at the end of the summer session and helped out with the Mock Job interviews, and the Professional Presentation-Photography final presentations. Pictured above assisting with the Mock Job interviews are Producer/Director Craig MacGowan, and Children’s Book Illustrator and Artist Carmel O’Mara-Horowitz. Thanks to all! Your insights will help our students have an advantage when they go on job interviews and present their work.


- Parisa Ashrafi sent a highly informative letter from her home in Iran. As many of you may know since taking our class she has lived in Iran and have been trying to claim the property of her parents who have since passed away. It would be extremely thoughtful for our readers to send her an encouraging word now that we have her new email address. She is very dear to our community and she told us that one of the few things she took with her was her “Timeline” assignment done for our class. Please reach out to her…  

- Pete Van Law alerted us to the fact that two of his stories from his “For the Life of Me” series about displaced persons during the Second World War have been featured in JewishGen-“An affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.” The stories focus on the Rehfisch side of his family and are a testimony to his perseverance and humanism. Congratulations Pete for your outstanding work…

- Josh Schaedel announces that his photography will be part of gallery show titled YIELD at NowSpace. This a joint exhibition by artists in residence,  Josh Schaedel + Aaron Farley + “will transform the gallery project space into an experimental site-specific installation which examines real and manufactured barriers.” Join them for the artist's reception Friday, September 2nd from 7-10pm. NowSpace, 5390 Alhambra Ave, 90032 Los Angeles. YIELD will be on view thru September, 18th.

- Ridwan Angkasa has been teaching photography for four years at a local high and is now considering teaching leadership skills as part of his curriculum. He has connected with our community to find any resources on the topic of teaching leadership skills to high school age students in order to “make better leaders for tomorrow.” Please contact Ridwan if you have any suggestions to help him with this very important undertaking…

- Josh Fogel let us know that he will be “returning to Hawaii to join newly promoted Sgt. Shelbi Mikkayla and the Marine Corp aboard the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49).” He will accompany them as they complete their deployment back to Camp Pendelton. We wish you well Josh!… 

Those are the headlines, and as they say, here are the rest of the stories:

- Parisa Ashrafi, Graphic Designer, Farmer and Orchard Manager, Humanitarian, currently living in Iran- (Editor’s Note: For various reasons it has been a long time since we last heard from our dear friend Parisa who has been living in Iran. We are including her new email here in the hopes that you will be motivated to get in touch with her and let her know we are thinking of her. It would really be a nice gesture if our creative community would reach out and give her some encouragement.)

“Dear Tony and Paula, How are you? I miss you and all my friends in California...can't believe it has been over seven years already and I haven't been able to come for even a visit and break!!? I'm sorry for not being in touch and responding so late. It's been extremely busy and difficult! I don't even remember how long it has been since I wrote you last.

Since both my parents died (within 3 months!) in late Fall and winter of 2011/2012, I've been fighting for our patrimony and dealing with the conspiracy and court cases related to that!! Unfortunately, I'm up against the kind of power and corruption most people don't stand up to ... and their intention has been to wear me out so I'll give up...!

I have had many successes and many disappointments, of course. Now it seems I have to look for a different strategy to continue, before my health is affected and sacrificed any further...

I will definitely let you know if I come for a visit... And hope to come to a SchmoozeFest!!
You're right about my new email address. I've wanted to cut the cost of the EarthLink one for years! Better late than never.

All the best to you,”

New email:

Instagram: pashrafi


- Pete Van Law, Producer, Documentarian- (Editor’s Note: As many of you who regularly read this blog Pete Van Law is an accomplished producer who has taken up the research of his extended family with special emphasis on the displacement of his family during the Second World War. His fascinating stories are related through his blog, “For the Life of Me,” and we applaud his efforts and the attention his important work has revealed.)

“Now Appearing in JewishGen!
Two of my stories about the Rehfisch side of my family are currently featured in the ‘Success Stories’ section on the JewishGen web site. The first one is called, ‘Who was Sally Rehfisch?’ The second is called, ‘Margot & Fiep’


“The headstone pictured here is in the Weissensee Cemetery in Berlin, Germany. It helped me solve a long-term question of mine: who was Sally Rehfisch? Or more specifically, what was Sally Rehfisch's gender.
I must give credit to a fellow JewishGenner, Bert de Jong, for helping me find the answer, plus a whole lot more.”


“Unbeknownst to me, but well known throughout Western Europe, Fiep Westendorp was the beloved Dutch illustrator and author of many children’s books, I recently learned that she was the life partner of a cousin of mine whose name was Margot Rehfisch. The two of them surfaced in a headline in a Belgian/Jewish newspaper. They both have very interesting stories to tell.

It's not too late to donate to our Campaign and send copies of ‘For the Life of Me’ to schools and religious institutions of your choice.
Click on this link to find out more about Pete’s fund raising efforts for ‘For the Life of Me”’:


- Josh Schaedel, Photographer, Multidisciplinary Artist-

NowSpace is pleased to present YIELD, a joint exhibition by our current artists in residence, Aaron Farley + Josh Schaedel.

During their 2 week residency, Farley and Schaedel will transform the gallery project space into an experimental site-specific installation which examines real and manufactured barriers. Experimenting with raw construction materials, signage, photography, and sound, Farley and Schaedel will create an immersive, multi-layered experience focusing on the critical yet often overlooked elements of construction.

Both Farley and Schaedel are multidisciplinary artists living and working in Los Angeles, California.

Please join us for an artist's reception
Friday, September 2nd from 7-10pm
NowSpace, 5390 Alhambra Ave, 90032 Los Angeles,

YIELD will be on view thru September, 18th.
The gallery + shop will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm
(September 3rd-18th) or by appointment

Please direct all inquiries to:


- Ridwan Angkasa, Photographer and Teacher- “Hello Tony. I am one of your students (from) a few years back. Just to refresh your memory of what I am doing now: I was encouraged by your students to give teaching a try. Not too long after that I was offered to teach photography at a local High School.  I love teaching and that was 4 years ago. This upcoming school year will be my 5th year teaching. I don’t know if you still remembered (that) I reached out to you about three years ago. I was looking for working studio where I can visit with my students.  You recommended two including Bonnie Holland.  We have been working together ever since.  Thank you for that.

Now I am adding more stuff into my teaching repertoire.  Just recently I was certified in John Maxwell leadership program.  I took this certification as a response to a lack of leadership training in the High School where I am teaching.  And equipping high school students with leadership skills is top priority.  That being said, I also think that the creative industry will definitely need leadership skills.  I remember when I first started as a photographer 20 years ago.  I wish that I have leadership skill to lead my own business.  Creative talent is one thing and leadership skill is another thing.

I would love to teach this leadership skills to the young and emerging creative talents.  My mission is to make better leaders for tomorrow.  Is there a place for that in the creative industries? Perhaps we can meet and chat about possibilities?  Let me know your best time.  Do you still go to Jones before your class?

Thank you for reading my email.  Have a great day.

Ridwan Angkasa
1137 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena
CA 91030
626 344 9040

- Josh Fogel, Photographer-

Josh Fogel
August 7 at 12:05am · Los Angeles, CA ·

“I am very excited to finally be able to share that next month I will be returning to Hawaii to join newly promoted Sgt. Shelbi Mikkayla and the Marine Corp aboard the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD-49) and accompany them on the last leg of their deployment en route to Camp Pendleton.”


Postscript in Josh Fogel’s email. Thanks Josh:

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”
- Bob Dylan


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.

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Tony Luna Creative
A Creative Consultancy
819 North Bel Aire Drive
Burbank, CA 91501
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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

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