Craig goes to the CMA’s!
April 23rd, 2015

Craig Brandwynne, a professor at Living Arts College, had the wonderful opportunity to visit the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards in Dallas, TX. Craig had been invited by Lynn Anderson, a Grammy award winning artist. Craig met Lynn while working on an album for Betty Swain, Craig was the producer for the album and had been travelling to Nashville to work with his clients when not teaching in the class room. Craig has been known to work with artist from all over the industry and takes his experiences into the classroom to pass along to the next generation of Artists and Engineers learning right here at Living Arts College. The students at the college were so excited to here that Craig had the opportunity to network with others from the industry with the possibility of bringing new clients into the classroom.

Drew Seeley visits Living Arts College!
April 21st, 2015

Living Arts College had the pleasure of having Actor Drew Seeley on campus act using only his voice. Living Arts Alumni Jeff Whitener and Student Rebecca Grant worked with Professor Craig Brandwynne to record Mr. Seeley in the state of the art Born to Rock studios. Jeff had the opportunity to work as the head engineer for the project with Rebecca there as the assistant engineer. Both worked very hard to capture Seeley for the Audio book series “Read with Max”. I had the pleasure of speaking with Jeff about his experience working with a Hollywood actor like Seeley, Jeff had nothing but positive things to say about the session and that it is another step towards success as an Audio Engineer. Here is a brief biography of Drew Seeley.


Drew’s acting career has included guest starring roles on One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, Guiding Light, and more recently, Warner Premiere’s Another Cinderella Story in which he stars as pop star Joey Parker opposite Selena Gomez. Drew also co-wrote and performs 4 songs in the film. One of these songs, New Classic, enjoyed a slot on Radio Disney’s Top 10 countdown for 2 months, and the music video has surpassed 3 million views on YouTube.


In 2009, Drew tried his hand at Broadway, taking on the role of Prince Eric in ‘The Little Mermaid’. He was part of the show through the end of it’s run, and recorded an alternate version of Prince Eric’s song ‘Her Voice’ which was released on the DisneyMania 7 album. The music video for ‘Her Voice’ can also now be seen on YouTube.


Additionally, Drew starred alongside 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden in the Adam Sandler produced film, The Shortcut, reunited with HSM alum Lucas Grabeel for the rock musical, ‘I Kissed A Vampire’, and portrayed the title character in the Hallmark Channel original movie, ‘Freshman Father’. The film, which is based on a true story, also includes ‘Best at the Time’, co-penned by Drew.


Most recently, Drew starred in the TBS series, Glory Daze, playing an aspiring politician named Jason Wilson.

Living Arts Graduate in Washington D.C.!
March 26th, 2015

Living Arts Graduate JP Farrell had the pleasure of providing excellent production quality to Senator Cory Booker with his address to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. JP is a graduate of the Audio Production & Design program and is now working with Ledger Productions in Washington D.C. JP has worked very hard to get where he is today. Even as a student at LAC, JP went above and beyond what was expected of him and always submitted great work to his professors. Congrats to JP in all of his success!

Commencement Speaker Wes Lachot
March 26th, 2015

Living Arts College would like to thank Wes Lachot for joining us as the commencement speaker for our 2015 winter graduation. Wes Lachot is an innovative and influential recording studio engineer, known for creating many of the music industry’s finest audio production facilities. His understanding of the principles of organic design and his wide ranging experience in the recording arts give him a unique perspective and the ability to create studios that define state-of-the-art. After studying jazz arranging and composition at Berklee College of Music, Wes spent many years working as a recording engineer, producer and session musician before developing his career as a studio designer in the 1990’s. His design work has been featured in articles and cover stories in many leading recording industry publications. Wes teaches music theory at Catawba College, and occasionally gives lectures at other educational institutions, including a series of lectures at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Wes gave the graduates several tips to go by when entering the creative industry. Wes says to “Love what you do and do what you love.” Wes encouraged the graduates to never take the cheap route and to always take the job that you can honestly say was worth it in the end. We encouraged the grads to take the time to read books and to take a step back from the constant use of technology. It is important to always pursue knowledge and you will not find that knowledge on the internet alone. Wes said to always be honest in your work and to be kind to others, eventually your clients will realize the type of person that you are and will always come back. Living Arts College and the Graduates of Winter 2015 would like to thank Wes for his kind and encouraging words!

Living Arts Grad Against Sexual Assault
March 26th, 2015

Living Arts College graduate Renne Byrd has been selected by the United States Air Force to create a campaign against sexual assault within the military, the campaign will run throughout the month of April. The Hope Army Airfield has chosen Renne’s art because of the powerful impact it has on the viewer and how accurately it portrays a sensitive subject within the military and elsewhere. Renne will also be featured in the Hope Army Airfield’s monthly newsletter in May.

Earlier this year Renne had submitted several of her pieces to the American Advertising Federation’s annual award ceremony. Three of Rennes’ pieces had been selected as winners in their respective categories, one of those pieces was selected for the campaign. Renne has decided to come back to the college to purse her second Bachelor’s in Interactive Media starting in April. Congratulations to Renne!

Tie-Dye for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
March 6th, 2015

Students Services and Professional Services made tie-dye t-shirts for all of the student ambassadors to wear at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Raleigh. NC! Living Arts College has participated in the parade for the past several years and we are very excited to do it again this year. If you are interested in walking with us in the parade, please contact the professional services department!

American Advertising Awards 2015!
March 6th, 2015

On February 20th the American Advertising Federation held its annual American Advertising Awards Gala. The AAF Student American Advertising Awards Competition, sponsored by the AAF and National Ad 2, is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students. Work entered at your local level can move up to the regional and national judging, just like the work entered by professionals across the country. Students form Living Arts College won several awards this year! Congratulations to all of the award winners this year!

Will Rockow
Best of Show
Gold Award

Renne Byrd
One Gold Award
Two Silver Awards

Jeremy Deihl
One Gold Award
One Silver Award

Hayley Johnson
One Silver Award

Guest Speaker Jeremy Holden
March 6th, 2015

Living Arts College was thrilled to have Jeremy Holden, Managing Partner of Clean Design and Clean Strategy Group, on campus to give a presentation to our students on Wednesday, March 4th. In addition to Jeremy’s success working as a brand strategist for various marketing firms, he also a published author and Adjunct Professor at the UNC School of Journalism. Mr. Holden spoke about creating content. This is what artists do, no matter the industry. Mr. Holden stressed the importance of learning as much as possible about how this content is created. Constantly reinventing yourself will allow you to experience many aspects of the creative process. He suggested that defining yourself and your career to early will limit you when you enter the professional world.

Along with his fantastic advice, Mr. Holden presented a few highly recognizable marketing campaigns that he participated in while explaining how the world of advertising has changed. Over time, the industry has evolved and now marketers are working to create campaigns that engage the audience and seek and emotional response. With technology continuing to change as well, the mediums for advertising are endless. He predicts that web based advertising will only continue to grow and that creative teams will be relying on number of internet shares to measure their success.

Meals on Wheels PSA
February 20th, 2015

The film program at Living Arts College recently worked with Meals on Wheels to create a new public service announcement that would premiere at their Fat Tuesday Gala on February 17th. The PSA was a two minute video designed to raise awareness and fundraise in the local community.
The project was broken up into two classes and some of the students that worked on PSA were Roberto Valez, Ola Samuels, Don Hill and Tyler Hair. The students worked with some of the college’s best equipment including the Sony F 55 camera. They also used the Nex 700 when shooting slow motion shots for its 960 frames per second. The film’s Program Coordinator, Michael Pearce, was so proud of the work his students produced. He received fantastic feedback from the Meals on Wheels Program.

Check out the video here!
Meals on Wheels PSA

Art Along Blunt Street
February 20th, 2015

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, Duke Energy and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, has selected 10 original designs by local artists for the City public art project, “Art Along Blount Street”.

Living Arts College is proud to announce that our own Aaron Cracium was selected by a panel of community members and representatives from the Arts Commission and the Historic Development Commission.  He will be featured on one of the 10 flags that will stand 9 feet in height, and hung on the light posts along the street in front of the historical buildings with nine other talented artists.

The designs show a wide range of historical perspectives, including highlighting the Third Ward Pharmacy, the role women played with the North Carolina Home Demonstrator Movement, the Harrison Library and the neighborhood’s distinctive architecture.