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June 22, 2017

Keep on going and keep on doing!

by Fran Montano
June 19, 2017

Presence: Be Here, Now, In This Moment

by Connor Coman
June 19, 2017

Cut Through the BS and Start Dating Like This

by Cristina Morara
June 13, 2017

Designing on a ‘baby’ budget

by Christopher Porikos
June 12, 2017

“Art’s a Trip”: A Tour of Metro’s Artwork

by Raleigh Barrett
June 01, 2017

Horoscopes - June 2017

by Maya White
May 30, 2017

An interview with singer and songwriter MATT SUCICH

by Waide Aaron Riddle
May 30, 2017

The Sloths, The Blessings and The Fab Four

by Caroline McElroy
May 25, 2017

The Importance of Hydration

by Connor Coman
May 22, 2017

Finding Your Acting Class - An Actor's Guide

by Fran Montano
May 18, 2017

Money and Fame and Very, Very Independent Film

by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
May 16, 2017

Build Your Credit Score!

by Lillian Appleby
May 12, 2017

Things to Refresh Your Space

by Christopher Porikos
May 11, 2017

14th Factory

by Raleigh Barrett

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Do you love “being an actor” or do you love to act?

When I first became an actor, I often heard this said: “Writers write, directors direct, and actors talk about acting.” I was furious, angry, I hated that statement, and I still do. I found it insulting, and degrading to actors. How dare anyone make that claim! I was dedicated. I didn’t even understand that statement, so let’s talk about it. Is your choice to be an actor ego based? Is your soul called to act? Is it a combination of the two? Where do you stand (or better yet, how are you living your life?) in relation to that statement?

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James Monroe High School’s Drama College has been invited to perform as part of the American High School Theatre Festival at the Fringe Festival, in Edinburgh, Scotland, next summer. Monroe High School is the only LAUSD school to be invited, an honor bestowed upon only 20 high schools nationwide each year. This honor reflects both the outstanding efforts of the students and the standout leadership of theatre teacher and director, Jason Hayes.

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I have had some tough, tough days on set. 

For lot’s of different reasons.

But most of the time there are three major reasons why a tricky shoot can become an uphill battle, start to finish.

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly you will cease to be able to do it.”
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Most of the time when I feel too paralyzed to take action it’s because I doubt myself.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 08:03

Remembering the ‘Art’ in Sequential Art

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Throughout the past 50 years, the sequential art medium has struggled to be identified as a legitimate form of literature, despite its rich history of depicting and confronting issues that impact social and political change. Once considered to be a medium targeted only towards children, comic books and their subject matter have matured with the industry’s own evolution, demonstrating to fans and critics alike that the comic book is an outlet for frank discussion of important, and sometimes taboo, topics. While it may be easy to quantify the impact that comic book storylines have had on readers and our society as a whole, the artwork of the medium can sometimes be overlooked, diminishing both the creativity and skill required of the artists, as well as the significance that imagery holds within the storytelling process.

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Making a film should be, in my humble opinion at least, as daring and as bold and as seemingly impossible as trying to catch lightning in a bottle. And when done right, the results are just as beautiful as what I would imagine lightning would look like, captured and bottled. But as difficult as that might seem, and I am no physicist...I’m pretty sure catching lightening is actually impossible. What I am really reaching for is the concept of setting your expectations really, really high and to not be afraid of that.

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Kristi Tornga is a friend and colleague of mine from CalArts. She is an exceptionally talented artist, and it has been incredible to watch her professional progression. She left LA for the Big Apple in 2010, and realized her dreams by dancing with the Paul Taylor Dance Company this season, including performances at the infamous Lincoln Center. Kristi shares her experience as a modern dancer in NYC with NoHoArtsDistrict.com, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the contemporary dance side of the coin and what’s helped her along the way.

Friday, 02 May 2014 08:40

Actors - Are you a success?

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My past three blogs have been about the business of being an actor. I’m going to jump forward here and talk briefly about how we define a successful actor. Better yet, what is success? How do you define it?

Thursday, 01 May 2014 07:42

The Gallery at NoHo Senior Arts Colony

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NoHo Senior Arts Colony certainly lives up to their name. The staff at Nohoartsdistrict.com can't count the number of events/activities we cover at the NoHo Senior Arts Colony We are especially fond of The Gallery@NoHoSAC for its great exhibits of animation, design, photography and fine art by well established artists who have shown internationally including at the Smithsonian. The gallery is located at 10747 Magnolia Blvd at NoHo Senior Arts Colony and is open to the public 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM. A true treasure in the NoHo arts community and not to be missed.

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11:11 A CREATIVE COLLECTIVE (11:11) and RESEDA RENAISSANCE will present an artist panel discussion entitled, “The New Deal: Art in Public” at 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2014 at the 11:11 ACC Traveling Gallery in Tarzana. Moderated by Patrick Polk, Curator of Latin American and Caribbean Popular Arts at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, the panel will discuss how public art is thriving in the new paradigm of the micro art economy, the unique challenges of preservation and how art in public spaces continues to create powerful and controversial statements, making way for new dialogues to be explored.

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Spring Into Action! 5 steps towards that TV job you always wanted

It’s SPRING! I know you may be reading this and thinking spring???? It’s still snowing, or its already summer here, but you know what I’m talking about. Game of Thrones and Mad Men just started their new season! It’s the time of year where things begin a new cycle, many cultures celebrate renewal, and colors emerge from under ground that surprise and delight you. A time to align with the cycle of nature and bloom!

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Don’t Call Her Larry - I met Lawrence Lebo, one of the country’s greatest living blues singers according to LA Weekly, on Nextdoor, the new social media site that is just for neighbors (www.nextdoor.com). She responded to a post that the Reseda Neighborhood Council made about local restaurants featuring live music or art shows on the 25th of the month. She introduced herself via e-mail and we agreed to meet for coffee at the Starbucks in between both of our houses a block away (how often does that happen in LA?) 

Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:12

NoHo Arts Community Spotlight - Carole J McCoy

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The Nohoartsdistrict.com team has decided to showcase one NoHo artist per month. Artists will be from visual and performing arts. Criteria: Must live or work in NoHo and have been involved in some form of volunteer work within the Noho arts community. Please email nancy@nohoartsdistrict.com with why you or your friend should be showcased for the Noho Arts Community Spotlight. You will be featured in the Latest News on the front page of nohoartsdistrict.com which averages 75,000 visitors per month plus a shout out to our 14,000 social media followers.

Very Independent Filmmaking - Things Can and Will Go Wrong

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“It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:37

Acting - Business of being an actor – Part III

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If you’ve followed my last two blogs, you'll remember I talked about how you are a business, and must have your own business plan. It should be flexible, while holding you accountable, and it should make you feel good about yourself and your progress. I also discussed how there is no one formula, curriculum, certification, or credential to make a successful acting career. I personally believe there are certain required credentials, but still no specific career path.

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The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) held an inaugural Dance and Wellness Intensive on March 20 and 21 on its campus in Valencia. The intensive was curated by the School of Dance administrators and faculty to provide their students with exposure to performing arts health professionals and wellness experts to compliment and balance the high level of training offered in technique, performance, choreography, and production. When I got the request to teach for the intensive, I was so excited to hear that my alma mater was joining the wellness wave and providing students with access to dancer health resources that I knew I had to cover the event for NoHoArtsDistrict.com.

Thursday, 20 March 2014 14:27

The Reseda Renaissance

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A year ago, the Reseda Neighborhood Council started making plans with Continental Art Supplies to curate an art show in Continental’s Education Room with Reseda as the theme. The original idea was to put a call out to artists of the Valley, inviting them to submit works about Reseda. Since Reseda hasn’t had much of a reputation for being anything more than a city that people pass through on their way to get to somewhere else, I thought it would be a great idea to create an arts event that sounded trendy, exclusive and ironic. So “Reseda” was it. We went so far as to create a “list” (kind of like Studio 54) so people would wonder and want to get their name on it.

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Writing you today from 30,000+ feet in the air. Crazy right? It’s my Atlanta to LA leg after the LA to NYC, NYC to LA, LA to Atlanta before the LA to New Orleans and after the LA to Park City go- round. Good fortune is smiling upon me with diverse projects in a variety of places with wonderful clients. Truly grateful!

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