Shako Oteka is a rising star at VCU’s Brand Center
October 5th, 2015

Shako Oteka is a graduate of the Living Arts College of 2013. Mr. Oteka received his BA degree in Interactive Media Arts with a focus on photography and advertising. Shako has a long story that cannot be told in a few words, but one thing is clear; he is passionate about whatever he does and will stop at nothing to be the best. While acing most of his classes at Living Arts College and becoming a two time Addy Award winner, Mr. Oteka also worked full time. That same passion also led to him receiving the Lauterborn Scholarship, and after graduation the passion would continue.

After much soul searching, Shako set out to obtain a Master’s degree. Although many choices were placed before him, it would be Virginia Commonwealth University’s The Brand Center that would contain his next phase of passion. The Brand Center is a very competitive and forward thinking environment where minds are molded to answer tomorrow’s most challenging marketing problems. As a star on the rise, I am sure that Shako will not disappoint.








September 9th, 2015

LIVE Illustration Battle!

8 Warriors, 1 Winner.
60 minutes of battle.

None of the warriors know the theme until SECONDS before they begin to draw.

(Professor Marx Myth is part of the competition!)

Wednesday, September 9 2015 at 6:30pm the fight begins!!
310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC 27603!

(right across from CAM and HQ Raleigh)


September 1st, 2015

Living Arts Alumnus Luis Angel Miranda, now based in New York City, continues to pave his way through the film industry.

If he isn’t writing, directing, filming or editing his latest film, you can find Luis receiving recognition for his work amongst filmmaking greats, helping get film festivals off the ground, or being interviewed for his contributions to filmmaking.

Most recently Luis wrapped on an “Anti-Bullying Awareness” project (which can be see here: ), that he directed and edited, and directing the feature length “The Life & Times of the Legendary Joe Cuba”. The later of which he was recently recognized for at the “My Final Shot Production” (MFSP) Awards. The 2014-2015 MFSP Awards were held Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the famous Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven, NY. Luis can be seen above with Paul Calderon (“Pulp Fiction”, “Boardwalk Empire”) who was honored at the same event with a Lifetime Achievement award. Luis won three awards at the event, one of which was for BEST documentary film for “The Life & Times of the Legendary Joe Cuba.”

On August 27, 2015, Luis was also interviewed by New York’s PIX11. Luis can be seen above with PIX11′s Marissa Torres. Luis was interviewed for his film “That One Day” and its success in the film festival circuit.

We’re thrilled for Luis and wish him even more success in the future!

Luis can be followed here:

September 1st, 2015

Living Arts Alumnus Mike Donatacci graduated in 2013 and has been forging his way into a Creativity Career ever since.

After interning with the local ABC affiliate for a year, and also serving for over a year as President of the Triangle Ad2 organization – Raleigh-Durham’s industry association of Advertising and Marketing Professional’s under the age of 32, Mike looked to advance his career even further. It was during this time that Mike was hired as a Creative Services Director at the Home Builders Association of Raleigh. There Mike is able to explore and cultivate his talents even further in Motion and Graphic Design. He continues to pursue freelance opportunities as well under “Mike Donatacci Designs”.

Mike’s work is receiving recognition from the industry as well. Some of Mike’s recent awards include:

  • Best Marketing and Communication Piece for Video Blast
  • Association of Excellence Award for Collateral/Marketing
  • Excellence Award for Best Video Blast Nationwide

Mike’s motto is “Creativity can solve almost any problem”, and his early career in Creativity is constant proof of this. We’re so excited for Mike as he continues to grow as a local creativity professional.

Mike can be followed here:

August 24th, 2015

I have been sleepwalking and sleep talking since my very first sleepover at the age of seven. In a zombie-like state, I stumbled down the dark and unfamiliar hallway, opened the door at the end, and climbed into bed with my friend Chloe’s parents. Since then, my somnambulant adventures have ranged from eating chicken sausage at 2am in my sleep, to calling my husband screaming that a burglar was trying to break in—a particularly disturbing night terror/sleep episode that lasted almost 10 minutes.

A few years ago, a counselor I was seeing suggested that maybe I was so active in my sleep because there was an “Other Courtney” who liked to express herself at night. Session after session, we both laughed as I retold him stories of what the “Other Courtney” had done. He encouraged me to write the stories down to be kept as record, and also in hopes that writing about my experiences would make them occur less often. He was partially right, writing about them did seem to calm my sleepwalking activity. However I have since learned that many things act as a trigger to my sleep episodes—what I’m eating, my stress level, and the TV shows that I watch.

A few months ago, a producer from a production company in Boston contacted me about the stories they stumbled across on my blog. They were intrigued by my parasomnia, and wondered if they could interview me via Skype for a TV show they were working on. Friends and family advised me that while it was exciting, I shouldn’t get my hopes up because of all the TV shows that are pitched to large TV networks, very few actually become a reality.

Fast forward to this week—I have night vision cameras setup in my bedroom and a film crew from Boston staying in Winston Salem to feature Isaac and me in their parasomnia documentary! We will be filming with them for a week, and they will follow me on my “journey” through a week of sleepwalking and sleeptalking. They are hoping to film me going through a sleep study at the local hospital, as well as undergo a session of hypnotherapy to help with my “sleep adventures.”

As of now the name of the television network cannot be disclosed, but come September we will know for sure if the series has been fully funded—and if Isaac and  I will have our own episode on what is sure to be a fascinating series about parasomnia cases across the United States!

-Courtney Perry, Living Arts Institute

SAS Field Trip
August 21st, 2015

Marx Myth took his Studio Business Practices class to visit the SAS campus. Everyone was very impressed with the campus…and their work. Marx and his students were shown around by James Rushing and Ed Harriss (both alumni of our College).

To anyone not familiar with this NC corporate giant here is a short description.

“SAS is an American developer of analytics software based in Cary, North Carolina. SAS develops and markets a suite of analytics software (also called SAS), which helps access, manage, analyze and report on data to aid in decision-making. The company is the world’s largest privately held software business and its software is used by most of the Fortune 500″

..and it’s a great place to work!!

“SAS has continued its uninterrupted run on Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For in the US. Marking its 11th time in the top 10, SAS ranks No. 2 last year (beat out only by Google) for its challenging work, empowering leadership and great workplace environment.”

Ed and James were gracious with their time by also showing the students the executive recording facilities (with giant recording studios and green screens) plus a sampling of their portfolio and recent work. The Living Arts College crowd was able to ask questions on hiring and internships.

Overall the giant campus and amazing facilities were very memorable.

Career Network Fair 2015
August 21st, 2015

On Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Living Arts College hosted its Annual Career Networking Fair. Watch the video below to get a peek at the day’s activities. Students had access to dozens of local employers seeking to fill FT and PT positions!

Career Fair 2015 from Living Arts College on Vimeo.

August 17th, 2015

August 10th, 2015

On September 4, 2015, Living Arts College will be hosting a student and alumni gallery exhibition at Mosaic Wine Bar downtown Raleigh from 7:00pm-9:00pm, a First Friday Event.

This year’s semi-formal Gala Event will be called The RED party and participants are encouraged to wear the color red for the event.

The annual gallery event will showcase works from the Interactive Media, Audio, Film, Animation and Photography departments. The RED party will have special musical quest performances and DJ.

All Students and Alumni are highly encouraged to submit works immediately to be considered for this fantastic exhibition.

Please contact Dea Varone, for submission guidelines and questions. The deadline for ALL submissions is 5:00pm Friday, August 21, 2015.

August 10th, 2015

Living Arts College is in for an ear-piercing good time. We are very fortunate to have a private sneak-peek screening of Fox50’s highly anticipated new Fall season show…“Scream Queens”.

Kevin Kolbe (Director of Creative Services) has been working with Marx Myth and Debra Hooper to come up with a means for the local station and Living Arts College students to collaborate on a creative endeavor.  Kevin, Mark Derro (Producer), and Phillipe Charles (Social Media coordinator) dropped by to brainstorm ideas. The purpose would be to use social media to attract attention towards the new show. Debra Hooper hosted the group with Vince Gardner, Michael Pearce, and Marx Myth contributing ideas for student activity.

Michael (Film Program Coordinator) came up with an idea to have students recreate classic film screams (Carrie, Psycho, etc…). Marx decided to have students create posters advertising the new show. Vince will take a direct pass at social media through Instagram and Facebook.

The screening date is August 26th at 2pm. Fox50 will have plenty of swag items to pass out, and perhaps a few prizes for the best work. Hopefully, we might even see a few personalities drop by. This is a very exciting occasion…students will get a chance to see a show before anyone else…it will be a scream!

Here is the link for the show trailer: