American Roots Festival
October 26th, 2015

Living Arts College was proud to provide nine students and one graduate to help film the American Roots Music Festival on October 17 and 18, 2015. Performers included The Roots, Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. Blackbird Productions provided backstage passes to students Roberto Velez, Ola Samuel, Garry Taylor, Dimitri Hale, Kirk White, Dylan Powers, Jasmine Washington, Essence Perry, and alumnus Jordan Jones-Tshiona.

The crew worked under Conor McAnally, of Blackbird Productions. Mr. McAnally has an extensive career in the industry, overseas and in the USA. He has worked with the SouthXSouthwest film festival, Buena Vista Television, and LiveAid, and has produced numerous musical tributes to American music legends. Mr. McAnally recently emailed the school, saying:

“The students did really well and I would like to express a big thank you to Roberto and Ola who did a sterling job of managing the crew on our behalf. They were both “on it” and it was a comfort to know they had our back. Working with folks who had different levels of experience was good and I hope everyone got some insights into the real world of video production. I thought everyone approached the work with a professional attitude. There were no selfies or autograph requests or any of the things that are inappropriate for crew to do when they have the privilege of passes that get them where the public can’t go. Kudos to all for that.”

October 26th, 2015


Living Arts College had an impressive turn out at the Blood Drive held at the campus on October 21st. The drive was open to the campus community and to the public community.

The Students and Faculty members who participated were happy to donate and happy to help. Living Arts College participates in several blood drives through the year and each time the students donate to help save the lives of others.

We are so proud of those who have donated and are looking forward to the next opportunity to give back to our community. James is a fourth quarter student and had this to say:

“Being a donor is a great way to help others. As they say, you are literally saving lives when you do it. I was happy to help any way I can!”


October 16th, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Living Arts College hosted a Walgreens Flu Clinic on campus.

Students, Staff and Faculty were able to conveniently receive their yearly influenza vaccine in a comfortable and familiar place – their very own student break lounge.

“So far we’ve had several students and staff stop by to get their vaccinations. We’re happy that we’ve been able to make it easier for our students, staff and faculty to stay happier and healthier throughout the year,” said Matthew Kelly, Assistant Campus Director.

“Even though some students, and even faculty, are a little squeamish about getting shots, we all know how important it is to stay healthy all year long. And honestly, the shot is absolutely painless!”

Along with the services provided, Walgreens offered other vaccinations depending on individual health insurance options. The college is looking forward to hosting more of these events through the cold and flu season.

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.