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The Counter Culture Approach
Joshua and Hannah Welton's keynote from the 19th Annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference From the age of 15 when Joshua was signed to Sony/Columbia to his own personal successes as an independent artist to working with the iconic Prince, Joshua always knew that he was put here for a greater purpose. That purpose was to change lives through music and entertainment. Hannah was on a Guitar Center clinic tour conducting master classes when she was asked to jam with Prince. She joined Prince's New Power Generation band in the summer of 2012. Driven by her lifelong passion for rock and extensive studies in jazz, Hannah Welton brought a dynamic, multifaceted history as a world class drummer to her role as the rhythmic backbone of Prince's 3RDEYEGIRL. For more videos and resources on making a living in the arts, visit https://www.selfemploymentinthearts.com #DreamBig #ArtEntrepreneur #Creatives
Industry Chat: Live Entertainment & Events
Join creative professionals from the live entertainment fields as they chat about getting started - especially during and after the pandemic. Hosted by North Central College student and SEA intern, Hope Jirsa. Dionna Griffin-Irons is a writer, comedy producer, and the longtime former Director of Talent Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. For two decades, she expanded Second City’s talent recruitment efforts and mentored hundreds of performing artists to increase underrepresented voices including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ in sketch comedy and on the resident stages. Griffin-Irons has facilitated 200+ workshops to corporations and organizations including Embassy Norway and Latvia, using improvisation as a creative tool for innovation and belonging. Her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, American Theatre Magazine, Diversity Journal, and with University of Chicago's TEDx, The Incredible Unknown. Griffin-Irons teaches at DePaul University in the Computer Digital Media program, Story Studio Chicago, & Chicago Dramatists, and The Harold Ramis Film School. Her signature class "Telling Your Truth" is offered yearlong for professionals and creatives throughout the year who are seeking to tell their greatest story. dionnagriffinirons.com @dionnagriffinirons Brent Rolland graduated as valedictorian of the International Academy of Design and Technology with a BFA in Multimedia Production and Design in 2005. Since that year, Brent has grown as an artist with Fig Media as a DJ, audio tech, drummer/percussionist, and emcee/host. Brent has been a speaker at the SEA Conference and enjoys chatting with students to support them with their next steps in their artistry, dreams, and careers. A rare talent who grabs you by the heart and says “Recognize” – Poet, author, performer, songwriter, community “Artivist” and speaker, Bettina “Poet Gold” Wilkerson is pushing the boundaries of poetry and the spoken word. Living with a chronic illness since childhood, Poet Gold brings a soul-searching insight about the human existence, love, dreams, challenges, and triumph. Appointed the 2017 and 2018 NYS Dutchess County Poet Laureate, Poet Gold is the recipient of numerous awards. With countless recitations, she has opened for Grammy-nominated artists and has spoken at renowned organizations. Poet Gold’s speaking engagements and non-traditional poetry workshops engage audiences in understanding the direct connection between literacy, goal setting, and the achievement of their dreams. Presently she is the co-host for the iHeart Radio podcast “Finding Out with Pete and The Poet Gold”. Her distinct voice will be heard, playing the role of God, in the upcoming animated short film “The Creation” poem by James Weldon Johnson, directed by award winning animated film maker, Steve Leeper. Poet Gold is an activist of the heart. Her words inspire to explore the essence of humanity. Ed Wimp is an attorney, speaker, author, artist manager, and musician from Orlando, Florida. He started his career as a musician and began recording and touring as a musician himself before transitioning into the business side of music. After graduating college, Ed began transitioning into the business side of the music industry when he was presented with an opportunity to travel as part of the road management staff for R&B legends Earth Wind & Fire. From there, he was able to travel and tour with hip-hop icon A$AP Rocky. Ed Wimp is the author of the book Building Fans, Fame & Wealth: The 18 Revenue Streams of Music. He travels to high schools, colleges, and conferences teaching aspiring musicians how to have a profitable music career. After extensive touring while working in the music industry, Ed Wimp earned a law degree and opened entertainment law firm, Wimp Legal, which he currently operates. Ed takes joy in the opportunity to help people in their times of need and is honored to be a member of the profession. Brian Witkowski holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance, and his studies and career have taken him as far west as Hawaii and as far east as China with repertoire ranging from Gregorian Chant in cathedrals to musical theatre roles like Lancelot in Spamalot. An avid recitalist with a passion for Lieder, he is a past Stern Fellow at Songfest and his dissertation was on a set of ballads by Carl Loewe, a contemporary of Schubert from Northern Germany. He has taught at Rockford University, facilitated professional development seminars to teachers and artists through Arts Integration Solutions and other organizations, is regularly sought out as a speaker, and offers artists masterclasses and seminars in authenticity, financial empowerment, and leadership. He is the founder and CEO of The Lucrative Artist, where he provides business and leadership coaching to help artists position themselves to better have more of the authentic careers and lives they desire and deserve.
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Choreographing a Life in the Arts with Becky Ferrell
Join this week's guest, Becky Ferrell from Dance USA, as she discusses her journey and provides lots of great tips for those looking to have a career in the arts - especially dance. About Becky: Rebecca A. Ferrell (she/her) is a dance advocate, artist, educator, producer, and programmer. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University as well as an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. As a longtime activist for the arts, Rebecca has served as the Director of the VA Dance Symposium, Co-Producer of the Richmond Dance Festival, dance critic for GayRVA and RVA Magazine, ACDA Central Region Conference Coordinator, Director of Public Relations and Engagement for the University of Illinois’ Department of Dance, Director and Curator of the Flatlands Dance Film Festival, and Executive Director of Dance Metro DC. She is a current board member for Virginians for the Arts, the state’s arts advocacy organization. She currently sits on the Arts Education Partnership Application Review Committee as well as the Blacklight Summit Advisory Committee. Rebecca is currently the Director of Programs at Dance/USA, a faculty member at Shenandoah Conservatory, and an Arts Administration PhD candidate at the University of Kentucky.