Free virtual sessions will be relaunching in November. Stay tuned for updates to the list of guests. In the meantime, we're making many of the recordings of our past Coffee Breaks available for free.
Coffee Break Sessions
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Permission to Pursue Success with John McDavitt
Join artist and commercial illustrator, John McDavitt, for a discussion about pursuing a career in the arts and the struggles we often have with the naysayers as well as this all too often societal idea that you can't make a living in the arts. (John and all of our SEA presenters are proof you can!) About John: John is a designer, illustrator, sculptor, muralist, educator and speaker. He studied special effects make-up under Oscar winner, Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus, The Godfather). That skillset translated to a successful career in toy and product development (Wilton, Huffy, The Bradford Group, Big League Chew, Thomas the Train, Disney, Lamaz), product presentation and marketing. John began his career as a t-shirt airbrush artist and after earning $11,000 in one month at age 20, he decided a career as a creative entrepreneur was the only way to go. Airbrushing led to a decade long consultancy for Badger Airbrush Company. John has created a number of large mural commissions, his most recent for ‘unLOCK: Merging Art & Industry’ in Lockport, IL through the Gaylord Building program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. John’s speaking presentations encourage artists and entrepreneurs ‘they can do it, too!’ John teaches artists how to design and illustrate as well as how to make the transition to creative professional. He hosts ‘The Breakthrough Creative’ podcast. Follow John on YouTube and Instagram (@muralguy).
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: John Klein Filmmaking Q&A
Filmmaker John Klein discusses filmmaking during a pandemic and answers questions on a variety of subjects from funding your film to music options. About John: John Klein (www.windycitycamera.com) is a freelance cinematographer and an adjunct professor of film courses at Depaul University and Flashpoint Chicago. He is also the producer of Glass City Films, a production company through which he has directed multiple award-winning short and feature-length films, including the Kickstarter-funded post-apocalyptic thriller Chrysalis.
Coffee Breaks for Creatives with Mike Veny: Networking and Personal Branding
Don't miss this great discussion with creative entrepreneur Mike Veny. He shares about his unique approach to networking and branding. About Mike: What do you get when you mix mental health challenges with a passion for drumming? A dynamic speaker and musician who delivers engaging presentations with raw energy and a fresh perspective on Diversity & Inclusion! Mike Veny is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, corporate drumming event facilitator, author, and luggage enthusiast. Seriously, you’d completely get it if you did all the traveling he did! He’s the author of the book Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero & The Transforming Stigma Workbook. As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry for his work as a patient advocate.
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Denise Laurin - Envisioning Possibilities of a Transformed Career Path
Join visual artist Denise Laurin as she discusses how to focus on a positive mindset and envision the possibilities of a creative career path - even during economic downturns. About Denise: Denise Laurin-Donatelle is an artist, art educator, mentor and art historian. She has exhibited widely throughout the Chicago area at Triangle Gallery, The Fine Arts Building Gallery, Chicago Art Open, The Chicago Cultural Center, and many other locations. In 2009, she relocated to New York City, returning to Illinois in 2014. While in New York, she exhibited her work at a number of venues and led a group show under the sponsorship of the Museum of Modern Art. A constant in Denise’s work is the emphasis on the figure, particularly that of the dancer, to express the universal idea of moving from darkness into light. Her media include graphite, charcoal, pastel, oil painting, gold leaf, collage and digital. Through her business, Living Creatively, she teaches academic realism in drawing and painting. She believes art is integral to life and guides her students to greater skill and sense of accomplishment through art. In addition to art instruction, Denise provides art presentations and mentoring through the SEA Satira platform. Prior to her fine art practice, she managed a graphic design business and won numerous local and national awards for her work. She was honored as “Woman of the Year” by Women in Design/Chicago for her excellence in design and for the example she set for other designers with her approach to work/life balance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and art history, and a Masters of Arts in art history from Northern Illinois University. For more info: www.livingcreatively.info
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Bill Kenower - Writing, creativity, & tapping into your unique genius!
Don't miss this great conversation with author William Kenower. He has a unique philosophy and approach that will help you on your path as a creative and also in your life. About Bill: William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write With Confidence, Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion, the forthcoming Everyone Has What It Takes: A Writer’s Guide to the End of Self-Doubt, and the Editor-in-Chief of Author magazine. In addition to his books he’s been published in The New York Times, Writer’s Digest, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
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.
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: Building a Business that Supports YOU! with Leanna Lee
Are you are freelancer or looking to get into freelance? This session is for you! Leanna talks about how to build a business that supports you with concrete strategies and tools. About Leanna: Leanna Johnson Lee is a freelance content marketing writer, journalist, podcaster, and mental health advocate. She creates long-form content for B2B tech and finance brands through her company, Lost Lass. Her current passion project is her podcast, MxV: Mental Wellness For Freelancers and Business Owners, which she hosts and produces with national mental health speaker Mike Veny. https://leannaleewriter.com/podcast
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: How to Convert Your Expertise into Course Content with Camille Jamerson
Join Camille Jamerson as she discusses how to take your creative expertise and turn it into course content and monthly residual income. About Camille: Camille Jamerson, CEO of CDJ & Associates, is an expert fixer, creative branding mastermind, and business growth strategist! Her experience from numerous C-suite level, high-level positions in Corporate America has honed her eye for perfection and her ear for innovation. She has managed the brands and projects for political figures, public figures, musical artists, authors, and entrepreneurs. Known as the Olivia Pope of the Midwest, Camille is certified as a CEM® (Certified Emergency & Crisis Manager) and she holds 3 executive business certifications from Harvard University. Camille is also a former International Pageant Queen, and award-winning author of 3 books. Just recently Ms. Jamerson became the CEO of a second company, The Camille Company, a high net worth Lifestyle & training brand. Camille is an energetic, lively international speaker that captivates audiences with her examples and humor, but motivates them to action with her wisdom, experience, and knowledge!
Coffee Breaks for Creatives: John McDavitt & Winning Clients
As a commercial illustrator, John knows a lot about working with clients from making that first cold call to bidding jobs; John shares about his experiences all while providing useful tips you can start implementing today. About John: John is a designer, illustrator, sculptor, muralist, educator and speaker. He studied special effects make-up under Oscar winner, Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus, The Godfather). That skillset translated to a successful career in toy and product development (Wilton, Huffy, The Bradford Group, Big League Chew, Thomas the Train, Disney, Lamaz), product presentation and marketing. John began his career as a t-shirt airbrush artist and after earning $11,000 in one month at age 20, he decided a career as a creative entrepreneur was the only way to go. Airbrushing led to a decade long consultancy for Badger Airbrush Company. John has created a number of large mural commissions, his most recent for ‘unLOCK: Merging Art & Industry’ in Lockport, IL through the Gaylord Building program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. John’s speaking presentations encourage artists and entrepreneurs ‘they can do it, too!’ John teaches artists how to design and illustrate as well as how to make the transition to creative professional. He hosts ‘The Breakthrough Creative’ podcast. Follow John on YouTube and Instagram (@muralguy).