Summary; It’s been 10 years since your accident and the night you made the decision to give Jaebum the chance to show he can be trusted again. Where are GOT7 now? More importantly, what has happened to you?
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(Note: This is the part 2 of the interview. To read part 1, click here.)
Tracey LaGuerre is a second year student at CalArts’ Character Animation Program. If that wasn’t a big enough achievement, she received the 2016 Women in Animation Student Award, the 2015 AIGA World Studio Student Award, AND is currently teaching Art Education programs in low income communities though the CalArts Community Outreach Program.
So what is it like to attend the LEGENDARY CalArts, and what advice does LaGuerre have for others hoping to get in? Let’s let Tracey explain in the second and final part of our interview…
Life at CalArts
The Disney Elite: What does a typical day at CalArts entail?
Tracey LaGuerre: I wake up, go to class. In-between classes I do homework, then I go to sleep. It’s hard to stay productive, so I make to-do lists to keep me sane.
The Disney Elite:
What advice would you give a student about to enter CalArts for the very first time?
This is a great community. You’re gonna meet amazing people and eat lots of free pizza, but at the end of the day your journey is what you make it. Don’t waste your time with self doubt. (Easier said then done, I know, but it’s so worth the effort!)
I think the assignments we get for homework all kind of pile up, and it feels like an overflow of knowledge. Sometimes I feel like I’m not getting ‘it’ and it’s really frustrating. Then I wake up one day and start noticing what mistakes I’m making, and I use the notes from class to fix those mistakes.
You get better when you see your own flaws and know how to correct them. It means you learned something. Or I talk to a friend. It’s great to have art friends. That is something I definitely wish I had growing up.
The Disney Elite: Were there any aspects of animation that took you by surprise?
Tracey LaGuerre: How simple things can be! The less complicated you make things, the clearer you get your point across. I call it the K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid. Nothing is worse than trying too hard to be epic and making a mess, then seeing someone else come along with a clear, simple idea that is really polished. Simple doesn’t mean less, either. It just means getting to the point and clarity.
The Disney Elite: At this moment in your life, what is your dream job in animation?
Tracey LaGuerre: I’d love to have a show or go into CG Technical Direction. I still wanna work at Pixar. Animation kinda lets you taste the rainbow. You can try lots of things ‘til you find a niche.
Giving Back + Words of Wisdom
The Disney Elite:
You’ve worked with community outreach programs in L.A.’s inner cities, you’re an active member of the Black Student Union, AND you’re attempting to provide access to basic art education to young artists through your YouTube channel. That’s not only one helluva a run-on sentence, it’s an AMAZING example of altruism. Can you explain this powerful urge to give back, and why doing so is so important to you?
Tracey LaGuerre: I remember what it feels like to wander though the dark when you’re trying to reach your goals. Life kinda sucks, but it doesn’t have to. We can all make it suck less by how we chose to live. We affect the world with our choices every day. Giving back is my way of helping anyone on the same journey as me. I’ve made expensive mistakes, but someone can benefit from my journey.
The Disney Elite: What words of wisdom can you share with our readers hoping to make art their life?
Tracey LaGuerre: Be generous, and if you want to see something happen, go out and do it. ‘Do it yourself’ is the best advice I’ve ever gotten. It works every time.
The Disney Elite:
I’m just gonna go ahead and say it, Tracey – YOU ARE EFFING AMAZING. You’re talented, humble, generous and incredibly likable. I have NO DOUBT you will make your mark in animation, and I cannot wait to see what you do. Thanks so very much for taking the time out of your winter vacation to do this interview. I truly believe it will give both hope and guidance to folks pursuing a career in cartoons!
Shanzell currently teaches Tap throughout the Flint Community on behalf of the Outreach development for Youthquest through Tapology. She also teaches Advanced Lyrical (Competition Team and Tap) at Linden Dance Academy, and All levels, (including Adult Tap) at Motor City Dance Factory. She encompasses a strong effort to make a positive impact on the advancement of youth.
Her repertoire includes top-ranked competitive choreography, including teaching and performing freelance throughout the U.S. Shanzell recently choreographed socially centered work in her hometown on The Flint Youth Theatre, “The Most Blank City in America”. She choreographs annually with “Mott, Motown, & More” for the benefit of The Mott Foundation, which assists students in their academic pursuits. Over the past 3 years, she served as performing artist and teacher at the Tapology Summer Intensive and Festival. She recently performed at The Shakespeare Theatre - Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C., (Sole Defined), The Allied Media Conference, Dally in the Alley, and SideWalk Detroit (Destination Forever, Brinae Ali), to briefly mention.
Shanzell had the fortunate opportunity to train with the off-broadway musical STOMP at the Orpheum Theatre in New York, while also working at The School at Steps. She has also filmed several commercials and printwork in Detroit-metro area, and Miami, FL. She studied classical piano with Brigitte Tyler for 13 years, and under Dr. Martin Camacho-Zavaleta, and Dr. Alan Mason. Shanzell continues to train at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Peridance, and with Alfred Bruce Bradley of Tapology.
She has trained with Susie Garcia and the Miami Heat Dancers. She performed under residency with Summerdance directed by Alexandria Jennings (Flint Institute of Music). In 2008, Shanzell performed preliminary at The Milwaukee Theatre on “So You Think You Can Dance” Cycle 4 aired on FOX network. In 2006, she competed nationally at NCA with the University at Buffalo Cheer Team. Also studying under Tom Ralabate, Tressa Gorman-Crehan, and the Ronald K. Brown Evidence company.
She trained extensively with the Urban Bush Women during their Residency at UM-Flint. As well as the Joffrey Ballet Workshop. She studied vocally with Dr. Beverly Coulter and Dr. Gisele Rios, coached Varsity Cheer at Miami Country Day School and Barry University for two years. She has performed and choreographed with countless organizations, universities and Operas throughout South Florida.
Shanzell was showcased with the Flintstone Hoofers at The Town Hall Tap Extravaganza in NYC featuring artists Savion Glover, Busta Brown, Leonard Reed, and Jimmy Slyde. She also received the Regional Dancer of the Year Scholarship in 1999 from Tremaine.
Shanzell is eternally grateful for the mentoring and guidance given to her by numerous directors, schools, studios, programs, and festivals throughout her development. In addition to her vast travels, television, and commercial appearances, Shanzell continues to push boundaries and find ways to spread the healing art of music and dance throughout the community.
A movement artist, and Flint, Michigan native. She is an Alumni of Barry University and The University at Buffalo (SUNY). Shanzell has trained extensively in Tap, while also studying Modern (Limon, Horton, Graham, and Dunham), classical ballet, jazz, and later branching out into Hip Hop.
Rhysand was only mildly angry. Waiting for his cousin in the car outside “Prythian art studio”, it was raining and he honestly had better things to do. Like get drunk with Cassian and Azriel.
Grunting, he turned off the car and walked in the doors. The art studio was an old warehouse turned into a place for all kinds of art. His cousin, Morrigan or Mor by friends, was a dancer. She and some other friends were the ones that had gotten the idea to start a studio, their goal was to teach younger generation about the beauty of art.
Rhys walked up to the empty front desk and looked at the small map placed flat on the surface. It didn’t surprise him that the desk was empty, who would want to sit in a chair looking at nothing all day? Tracing the path to the dancing studio, Rhys grunted again.
He walked down the beautifully painted walls. The details in each flower, each building, each image painted on the wall was beyond his imagination.
Taking a turn to the right, Rhys noticed two doors, and of course he just forgot which door went where.
Taking his chances, he chose left.
Rhysand stepped into a giant hall, covered with different sized canvas, painted, unfinished, and blank ones. However it was the one that filled an entire wall that drew his attention, from the ceiling; hung a girl. A girl painting tiny details on the huge painting. She hadn’t noticed him before the door closed behind him with a soft ‘click’
The girl turned to him, she was a few meter higher than him, so she yelled: “Can I help you?” The bright blue eyes of the girl shone as her face and entire being was covered in paint.
Rhysand stood dumbly and started until she unhooked a hook from the wire she was hanging from. Rhys was prepared to catch her as it looked like she was about to fall, but gracefully she landed on her feet.
“Hallo? Can I help you?” She asked again.
Rhysand snapped out of her trance and said, “I’m looking for my cousin, Morrigan.”
Just as he said it, the door opened. “Hey, Feyre! Have you seen my-” she stopped when she noticed Rhys. “Hey, Rhys.” Then she ignored him, “my bag, have you seen it?”
Feyre, as the painter girl was named, pointed to the red bag by the chairs.
Rhysand stared at Feyre for a minute before chocking out, “you got paint on your cheek.”
Feyre used a green hand to wipe it away, but the action caused it to spread. “Dang it, Nesta and Elain isn’t going to be happy about this.” She said.
“Feyre, Nesta isn’t going to kill you for having a job.” Mor said as she picked up the bag and looked at Rhys, “anyway, I’m done for the day, Nesta picking you up?”
“Yeah,” there was a hint of sadness in her voice as she turned back to her gorgeous painting, “I’ll close up. I might be here awhile.”
Mor’s eyes narrowed at Feyre, “If I come back here tomorrow to find you either sleeping on the chairs or by those wires, I will force you home for an entire weekend.”
“Fine, just an hour.” Feyre laughed.
Mor took the bait and turned to Rhys, “let’s go.”
Rhys and Mor walked out to the car in silence. They were halfway home when Mor asked,
“What is it, Rhys?”
Rhys bit his lip and stared at the road ahead of them. “Who was that?”
“Feyre, she’s the painting teacher. She’s very nice and cool. Despite having a few difficult months behind her.” Mor said, happy with that her cousin was speaking.
“She seemed a little sad,” he muttered.
“Feyre just came out of abusive relationship, she’s trying to cope.” Mor said, a sad look in her eyes that stated at Rhys. “Feyre is brave and escaped, that’s why she lives with her sisters. Nesta and Elain, I’ve meet them, Nesta is difficult and Elain is just an angel.” Mor laughed.
“She’s a good painter.” Rhys said softly.
A second ticked by before Mor suddenly jolted and screamed with joy, “I see what happened! You just got a crush!”
“I have never heard you complement someone who you haven’t had a crush on, except Cassian and Azriel, but they don’t count.” Mor crossed her arms and smirked, “I’ll tell you what, I’ll be your wingman… Woman… And you give me free rides wherever I want in two months.”
Mor didn’t own a car yet, so she used the gang to drive her places, except Amren. Amren was a dangerous driver apparently.
“Can I say no?” He knew his cousin.
The next day Feyre was back painting. Mor was standing under her floating body as she painted the top of her painting.
“You want me to what?” Feyre asked loudly, there was only twenty minutes until their students arrived so she had started a little earlier.
“I asked if you wanted to go out with Rhys.”
“You’re very forward, Mor, you know that?”
Mor laughed and leaned against on of the walls, “I know, it’s better to be straight forward than start small talk. So, what about it?”
“Mor, I don’t even know him.” True, and her life wasn’t as good after what Tamlin had done to her.
“That’s what a date is for, get to know each other. Also, if Rhys even tried to hurt you, I’ll break his legs.” Reassuring, Mor was protective for her best friend, and Mor would break the legs of someone who hurt her friends. She broke Tamlin’s hand.
She had wanted to “sterilize” him, but that was a little too much, even for Feyre.
“I’ll give it a shot.”
Mor’s cry of joy echoed in the room as she left, Feyre didn’t even hear as the girl whispered “This ship will sail whenever it’s the last thing I do…”
okay but imagine Lucas and Maya being all successful and they buy their first apartment and it has two bedrooms and Lucas turns the second bedroom into an art studio for Maya as a surprise and she loves it but then a few years later she gets pregnant with their first baby and she’s willing to give up her art studio to make a nursery but Lucas won’t let her give up her space so instead he buys a bigger apartment and makes her a new art studio AND a baby nursery and then as the years go by more babies are born and Maya teaches them all to paint and stuff in the art studio and wow oh wow I just can’t with the cuteness
Work in progress in response to @theartassignment #measuringhistories #sonyaclark assignment.
I teach high school art, and gave all my 2D studio students this assignment as their final studio project. My example is a timeline of all the days that I have been in school. From kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school, through highschool, college, grad school, and 9 years of teaching. School has been a part of my life as long as I can remember, and I feel like it is a privilege- as a student and as a teacher. My dad’s mother never went to school. My mother’s mother never graduated high school. My great-grandmother only finished the third grade.
I am up to the beginning of sophomore year of college. One crocheted stitch for each day.
My long term goal is to work with girls and women in my community.
I want to open up some sort of safe house/ wellness centre that focuses on the needs of girls and women.
I want to have a fully established garden that grows herbs, fruits and vegetables. I want to get older women in the community to teach women and girls of all generations about gardening, and get back to nature.
I want to have a kitchen where we can cook vegetarian meals and have a communal recipe book where the tried and tested recipes can be found. I want to make soaps and scrubs and candles using ingredients we grew ourselves.
I want to have a library filled with books written by women.
I want to have an art studio where local women artists can come and teach art classes.
I want to have yoga classes, a place where local dance groups can come and use a space to rehearse and put on performances. Get in touch with doctors and medical experts who can teach women and girls about sex education, birth control, pregnancy, periods, hormones, get free sexual health check ups and advice.
I want to run a centre for women by women. I want to protect the girls and women in my community. Provide a safe space for women of all ages. A place where any woman regardless if she’s just a small child or an elderly grandma can come and be welcome with open arms and have a space where she is free to be her.
If you were to have a space like that in your local community, what other things would you like to see there?
If Peggy had known that Steve Rogers was going to cause so many problems, she might not have hired him.
She probably should have seen the too good to be true stamped on his forehead, but she was distracted by the need to fill the position. He was qualified and willing to teach both studio art and Art History up to the AP level. He interviewed well, slightly nervous but competent and earnest. He had excellent references, although they all went something like “he’s a great teacher, he’s on top of things, the kids love him, but he’s had some friction with parents.” She was willing to overlook that, though; she already had to force herself not to fire Dr. Stark every single year after parent-teacher meetings with reminders that he was a significant part of her science department.
The first incident comes up before they’ve even had the back to school picnic. Mr. Rogers assigns a report, and one of the kids picks Rodin, and of course their parents walk in on pictures of The Kiss and not The Thinker, so Peggy has to deal with that on a Monday morning when the coffee maker is broken.
“I’m really sorry about this, Principal Carter,” Mr. Rogers says, sitting forward in the chair across the desk from her, hands sincerely on knees.
ok, I don’t do much digital art but what the hell.
Thanks to everyone in the Jacksepticeye community and the Markiplier community, tonight I signed a contract with a local art studio to teach (no not digital art, eek) You all have given this Mom the courage and support to start an entire new field of work, one I’ve longed for. I also have a new commission with our local news paper for photography. I still have a long way to go to make it in these fields but right now, this moment is freaking awesome.
What kind of job would you suggest to someone who loves travelling, learning about different cultures, is very curious and wants to have a positive impact on the world, leaving it a better place than it was before?
I believe you can do these things with most jobs. You could be a doctor that helps out in third world countries. You could design clothes inspired by different cultures all around the world and give 50% of your income to charity..
You don’t need to know what exactly you want to “be when you grow up”.. Start with working at starbucks, meet someone there that teaches you photography, then you sell your photos in an art studio while taking dancing classes, where you get inspired to travel to brazil. there you’ll open a little juice shop with all your money, and use your spare time surfing..
Do what you love. And don’t feel you need to do everything at once. I have sooo many hobbies that I want to work with, but it’s important to prioritise one thing at the time to get stuff done and move forward.