Wildlife Photographer India Bulkeley Is Living the Wild Life

Samantha Jacobs Art, Artist Profiles, Photography, Social Media, Visual Arts

India Bulkeley followed her passion.

Now she is a wildlife photographer living in Kenya, seeking nature’s most candid moments and working the best job in the world. Behind the scenes, she is building her social media following along with her artistic confidence.

India is in Kenya. No, your geography knowledge isn’t wrong. Wildlife photographer and Naibor Camp Manager India Bulkeley is living in Africa to follow her passion, hone her trade, bring awareness to animal endangerment and experience the world of wildlife up close and personal. Packing up and moving across the world after graduating from the University of Southern California, India is indulging her wanderlust and her commitment to become a wildlife photographer in a beautiful place provides unforgettable lessons and moments. While generously sharing her experience living abroad as a wildlife photographer with me, India also offered some advice for aspiring photographers.
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Bridging Art And Mental Health – Painted Brain

Marshall Ayers Student Resources, Visual Arts

Dave Leon, the founder and director of Painted Brain answers some questions for Artzray about the intersection of art, mental health and community. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is driven in his work with Painted Brain by a vision of a world in which mental illness is truly accepted as one more aspect of the beautiful tapestry of difference that binds us together as humans. Painted Brain is focused on bridging the arts and mental health communities.

What is Painted Brain?

Painted Brain is a multifaceted attempt at solving a vexing societal problem, mental illness.  I started this project as a single art group to try to address the most pressing problem facing the young adults I met in the early years of my social work career – isolation.  I could encourage the people I was meeting, individually, to find social outlets, but where?  Mental illness sometimes effects the way a person interacts with others, increasing social isolation. This compounds the kinds of personal doubts and fears that often accompany mental health symptoms. The first art group that later became Painted Brain pulled people together around the commonality of mental illness and creativity, and it has done so ever since.
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Top 10 Best Animated TV Shows From Chuck Sheetz

Christine Griswold Animation, Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Student Resources, Visual Arts

Chuck Sheetz knows a thing or two about careers in animation as an Emmy Award-winning Director of The Simpsons and Professor at UCLA Theater Film and Television. These are his picks for  the top 10 TV shows he thinks young animators should watch and study. Want more animation career advice from Chuck Sheetz? Check out What do UCLA and The Simpsons Have in Common? Chuck Sheetz.

The Simpsons (1989 to present)

The most important prime time animated show ever, rivaled only by The Flintstones in historical significance. There are those who claim that over the years the show went mainstream and lost its edge. I say that the Simpsons became the mainstream because it successfully moved the center of popular culture to an edgier place. No other show has stayed on the air for so long and managed to maintain the level of quality that the Simpsons has (take that, Meet the Press!)

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Fashion Forward – Photographer Jon Wong

Marshall Ayers Art, Artist Profiles, Visual Arts

Breaking into the LA fashion photography industry takes hard work and focus but Jon Wong is on the move and taking his career to the next level. His compelling portraits and distinct style make him a stand out in a competitive market.

Where are you from?
Los Angeles, CA. I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley.

What type of work do you do?
I’m a portrait and fashion photographer. I love capturing real emotion during a portrait session. As I am coming more into myself as an artist, I’m learning to capture real emotion so that’s what I’m aiming to do. As for the fashion side of it, I want to tell a story with the clothes and have it be a part of the story versus just an accessory.

Jon Wong
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8 Things I Learned From Singing In Choir

Christine Griswold Career Advice, Music, Performing Arts

Classic interview question: What class or academic experience do you think best prepared you for your career/life?  Now I’ve had a varied career that’s ranged from post production on feature films, to heading up production at a boutique animation house, to teaching and writing. Yet the answer to the aforementioned question for all of these things is singing in a choir.

1. Responsibility

Joining a choir is like joining any other “team”—everybody counts on you to be prepared and on time, and you need to work the rest of your life around these responsibilities. I’ve sung in choirs since I was in elementary school, and learning this time management skill from such a young age has helped me immeasurably in myriad aspects of my life. Whether it was doing make-up work from missing class while singing in a traveling performance choir in high school, or postponing or foregoing social engagements in order to rehearse or perform, I’ve had lots of practice in learning how to honor a commitment. And this ability has served me well in all aspects of my life.
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10 Questions for Film Producer Gaylyn Fraiche

Andrea Davis Career Advice, Film, Getting Started, Performing Arts, Production, Television

Film Producer and Development Executive Gaylyn Fraiche has numerous credits spanning many years with experience that covers making flight reservations (her early years) to cultivating relationships with feature and television writers, making casting and crew decisions and solving on-set problems. She deploys her gracious Southern manners to good effect and is as comfortable chatting with gaffers on set as she is catching up with top tier directors and actors. Gaylyn was generous enough to answer a few questions for me about her career in the film and television industries for Artzray.Read More

Awesome Artist Holiday Gifts From Design Studio Press

Marshall Ayers Books, Sponsors, Visual Arts, Writing

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Moving to a New City for Artists

Samantha Jacobs Career Advice, Getting Started, How To, Tips

Moving to a new city can be exciting, nerve-wracking, or overwhelming. Or, it can be all of the above. Young artists often want to flock to cities where the art scene is hot, or you may be moving zip codes for school, relocating for work, or starting a new chapter for a change of scenery. Whatever the reason may be, moving gives you the chance to expand your perspective on the world, and to have some adventures. Here’s how to make the most out of your move.

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The Line Art Challenge – Alex Negrea

Marshall Ayers Art, Artist Profiles, Concept art, Design, Publishing, Visual Arts

Creativity has no boundaries, geographic or otherwise, which is what the 15 international artists of The Line Art Challenge, set out to prove when they embarked on an artistic feat to each produce 100 sketches in 100 days. Based in 11 different countries, the artists used modern communication methods to share their work and motivate and inspire each other across continents to reach their collective goal of 1,000 traditional sketches. Artist Alex Negrea developed the project and spoke with Artzray about his creative process and background. The Line Art Challenge is published by Design Studio Press a small, boutique publisher based in Los Angeles, CA.

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