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:

Horizon Video Field Trip: Living Arts visits local industry leaders in video production
August 7th, 2015

July 22, 2015

“We try to create an environment for creatives to flourish,” states Jason McGuigan of Horizon Video at the Durham North Carolina Facility. Jason has been with the company over 15 years and has risen to the rank of Chief Art Director and Project Manager. Jason told the students from the Advanced After Effects class (DM 414) that even though his job is very important, he’s done everything asked of him at the company. If it was building shelves or mopping the floor, no job was too menial. That’s the attitude he’s had and it has kept him employed with Horizon Video for many years. Student Billy Marshall asked Jason, what is your passion? Jason replied, “I need to be doing something creative like graphics or film; it doesn’t really matter it just needs to be creative”.

Students learned that Jason’s first job was actually working as an electrical installer, but the job was very boring and he found himself at the end of the day not really fulfilled. Jason then dove into the studies of graphic design. Two years later he found himself teaching graphic design and graphic studies, and then in 7 years he landed a position at Horizon Video. Jason is now doing cool creative projects in broadcast design and motion graphics as well as film. The client list is large at Horizon video: IBM, Lenovo, Eaton, Meredith College, Intel, and the list goes on.

Jason told students, “It is very important to meet your deadlines and make sure you do the research on every project. Clients like people with answers. You can’t have answers unless you do your background homework”. He also told students that the client may not like what you do the first time, but remember they are paying. Above all he told them to have fun but remember that when you get out of school, you have to get a job, so make sure your portfolio is filled with some awesome work.

Interior Design field trips visit Michael Kors and go Mediterranean all in the same week!
August 3rd, 2015

L to R: Aida, Michelle, Nick (Century Guild), Kaely, Jean (Inst.), Yasmeen and Angelese.
All of us at Michael Kors!

Last week the Interior Design Program took two field trips.

On the first trip we left on Tuesday at 9:30 and included Michelle, Aida, Yesmeen, Kaely and Angelese. Michelle and Aida are working on their ID415 Commercial II projects, retail design for Michael Kors and a Mediterranean restaurant respectively. Our first stop was to South Point Mall in Durham where we visited the MK store and the MK boutique in Macy’s all the while discussing basic retail design concepts. Yasmeen, Kaely and Angelese are taking ID207 Lighting for Interior Design and they were introduced to basic concepts for retail lighting specifically how important it is to have lighting that is color corrected in order to show fashion in the best light (ha ha) and Branding. I think we all did very well avoiding the urge to shop!

We left the mall at noon and headed off to Chapel Hill to have lunch at Med Deli. We had a delicious spread of hummus, tabbouleh, schwarma, etc. Kaely has never had Mediterranean food before so this was all very new for her. Over lunch I introduced a new lighting design project and talked about the importance of acoustics, presentation and ambiance for restaurant design.

Our next stop was to a custom furniture company called “The Century Guild” also in Chapel Hill. We were shown many different species of hardwood lumber and veneer. The current project in the shop was to restore the hand carved pews and millwork at Duke University Chapel. Truly amazing craftsmanship. It was 3:00 and we sped off back to school through gorgeous NC countryside.


The next field trip was on Thursday and involved Shannon, Ryan and myself (Jean). They are currently taking ID 101, Introduction to Interior Design and I thought it would be nice to go to the “Whitley Furniture Gallery” in Zebulon. Who knew that this massive showroom could exist in this small town! We had a great time, it took us almost 3 hours to see and experience all the beautiful high-end furniture and accessories. The manager was kind enough to give our studio a box of fabrics and finish samples.

- Interior Design Professor, Jean Eitelman

Living Arts College visits local agency “Baldwin &”
August 3rd, 2015


Recently, Professor Mark Smith took his Studio Practices students to visit Baldwin &. Founder David Baldwin met  the class at the door and spoke with the class about the agency, it’s rise, and his process for creating prize winning content.

Student Juan Varon wrote the following review of the trip which is quite inspiring and gives a great student’s point of view.

“This field trip is by far one of the most productive and inspiring. We got to see a great Agency and spoke with the man behind it.

David gave a detailed walk through the story of his agency and his current clients and projects. He’s professional experience goes back to 1985 where he started working as a Copywriter at McCaffrey and McCall, he moved and to Dell, Deutsch, Hal Riney & Partners, Cole & Weber, companies where we worked as Copywriter for 1985-1994. David then moved to Leonard/Monahan as creative Director/Partner, where he worked for almost three years. After three productive years in Leonard/Monahan he moved to NC and started working at McKinney as Executive Creative Director and Partner agency where he worked for over 9 years, and at the same time he was chairman of the One Club for Art and Copy. After that long year at McKinney he decided to start his own agency with two more partners, and created Baldwin &. Agency that has grown exponential for the last couple of years and has won many awards for their work.

David was really helpful by answering all our questions about his agency, their work, his perception on new employees, what he likes to see in portafolios, etc. This was an amazing experience! Great agency to visit, see some work and huge clients. And the most important this was a great possibility to network and see a local successful agency by first hand.” - Juan Varon

Living Arts College at the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA)
August 3rd, 2015

July 28th, 2015

Professor D.Varone took her first term class, much of whom are animation and interior design majors, to the North Carolina Museum of Art last Tuesday. Our Living Arts College students were engaged in the Teen art display in the East Wing,

…as well as the special video exhibition “Zoosphere”

“Questions may arise: Is the gallery a new zoo? How does this installation allow visitors to appreciate or see these animals in a different light?” by Allison Hunter, whose works frequently tackle man’s effect on the environment and the effects we have on other living creatures, brings these concepts to the forefront in her multichannel video installation Zoosphere.

The class also viewed the permanent instillations such as the beautiful paintings featuring Italian Art in the West Wing.

They all took part in a special afternoon of learning about various displays of artwork & culture, enjoying camaraderie wonderful NCMA, which is one of the marvelous, and educational amenities our Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina has to offer.