All's Creative on the Western Front

All's Creative on the Western Front

If you're in the Los Angeles area Wednesday night (the 23rd!) we hope you're also planning to join us for our first-ever SPD Speakeasy in the LA-area, "Unsung Heroes of the American West." We've got great people, fantastic, authentic Mexican food and delicious cocktails, and excellent presentations about working with the inspiring talent in LA -- all that's missing is your RSVP. Keep reading after the jump for info on some of our panelists, and to reserve your spot for tomorrow night...

The goal for tomorrow night will be putting the spotlight on the work of some favorite photographers and illustrators in the LA area; before they do that we thought we'd shine the light on them first, as a warm-up. We asked them to answer some of our questions, a little SPD-esque version of the Proust questionnaire.

First up, Carol LeFlufy, whose first job in New York was photo assisting Steven Meisel, followed by a gig as studio manager for Annie Leibovitz; she then started as an assistant agent and became an agent at Art + Commerce in NYC before moving to Los Angeles six years ago and starting her own agency Eye Forward representing photographers.

Q: First time you knew you wanted to work in magazines?

A: Seeing Richard Avedon's American Vogue work and Annie Leibovitz's work in Rolling Stone in the late 1970s.

From Charlie Hess, the AD & DD of Print, Buzz, Code, UCLA, and chessdesign (university magazines and nonprofits):

Q: What was the first time you knew you wanted to work in magazines?
The minute I stopped thinking I wanted to be an architect!

Q: What's the most important lesson you've learned in your career?   
Don't be star struck by the name brand talent. Find and nurture new talent (designers, photographer and illustrators) because they'll deliver great work and inspire you to design outside of your comfort zone.

Q: 'Fess up: What's the best thing about working on magazines in LA?

The natural light and environment is great for shooting exterior portraits.

Lisa Thackaberry, whose CV includes Photo Editorships at GQ, LA Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Angeleno Magazine, tells us...

Q: Of what professional accomplishment are you most proud?  
Giving a lot of work to young photographers.

Q: What's the most important lesson you've learned in your career?  
Take chances on both people and ideas and allow some space for things to...not work out perfectly.


To see, meet, and mingle with all the heroes of the West tomorrow night, reserve your tickets below!




Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Smashbox Studios West Hollywood
1011 North Fuller Ave, LA, CA
6:30 - 9:00 PM, doors open for cocktails at 6:30

Tickets:
SPD Members, $FREE with advance reserve (wait until that night, and it's $10 at the door, CASH ONLY--why would you wait and have to pay though? RSVP now!)

General Admission, $10 in advance ($15 at the door, CASH ONLY)

RSVP early!  All tickets, cocktails, and seating are first come, first served.


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