Sound Bites - Issue #16 - December 2014
This Month's Topics:
- Get Fit in the New Year
- From Photographer to Actor
- Holiday Shopping Tips: Frazzled to Dazzled!
- First Look:Terri Bromberg: Her Artistic Inspirations
Career & Contract Ed.
Get Fit in the New Year
We at SMC Community Education want to wish all of you a very happy holiday season and thank you for your support throughout the year. Our instructors and students have created a wonderful community of learning, enrichment and even changed lives.
Many of you have New Year’s resolutions to get fit – and we can help you achieve those resolutions with a wide range of health and fitness classes in our winter session, which begins Jan. 5. And if you register for any of these or enrichment courses by Dec. 15, you will get a 10 percent discount!
Of course, we offer many other classes this winter – in fact, more than 80, which is one-third more than last year’s offering. We’re proud of the role we play in enriching the lives of our community, providing new experiences, and launching new and meaningful careers in a changing economy.
To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to http://commed.smc.edu.Again, our sincerest wishes for a very happy holiday season and a fulfilling new year!
Director of Career & Contract Education
Community & Contract Education
What’s New: From Photographer to Actor
Our students and instructors lead such interesting lives, I am constantly blown away by what I hear. And I like to think their experience demonstrates the endless possibilities of a continuing education program.
“First I was behind the camera and now I’m in front of it” – such is the amazing journey of Brian Leng, and his story of life after retirement. When Brian and I met last summer, he was the thinnest I have ever seen him, and it was the result of relentless nights of film shooting. However, he was a ball of excitement about his newfound passion. I knew he had taken an acting class with our very own Cyb Barnstable a couple semesters earlier, but had not expected that it turned out the way it did for him. Brian is now a busy man and hard to get a hold of.
Here he is cast in a background 1800s-period role in the
TV series “Westworld”
Our readers might remember Brian as one of our photography instructors who was featured in Sound Bites a year ago. Unbeknownst to me, the person I have always known as someone who had a successful career as a commercial photographer had actually always had a secret yearning to do something different, like being a background actor.
He was first introduced to background/extra work by his late wife, an ex-dancer who took up doing background work with her dancing friends. Brian told me that when his wife returned from doing a movie job, it sounded so exciting that he thought it might be something he’d like to try one day. It was a secret fantasy for all these years, something he never thought he would get a chance to do, but here he is, loving every moment of it and it is exactly what he thought it would be.
And adding a nice touch to the story is that Brian Leng the instructor became Brian Leng the student at Community Ed. taking Cyb Barnstable’s Commercials, Improv, Acting and Filming class bolstered his confidence and no doubt helped him get more background work.
In the last year when he was a non-union background actor he had played parts in movies, TV shows and commercials. What he liked best about his new profession is that each job is different: different location, different people, and most of all he gets to play a different character every time!
Our dear readers can see from the photos here just how diverse some of these roles that Brian have played: from psycho patient to gun-toting store owner. He has appeared on Grey's Anatomy, Bones, The Mentalist, The Mindy Project, Marriage Boot Camp, State of Affairs, Getting Away With Murder, Jersey Boys and more. He’s also appeared in commercials for Dr. Pepper, AT&T, and Honda, to name a few. In other words, Brian Leng is having the time of his life, in semi-retirement, and it seems like he is just getting started.In between filming assignments, Brian Leng will be back to teaching photography classes in the Spring: Photographing at a Museum: Spring at the Getty Villa, taught in conjunction with yours truly, on March 7, and Tourist for A Day: Cellphone Photography on May 2. If you are interested in exploring the realm of acting work, Cyb Barnstable’s Commercials, Improv, Acting and Filming is a great introductory course, starting Jan. 10.
Holiday Shopping Tips: Frazzled to Dazzled!
class next spring
SMC Community Ed is excited to offer a new class next spring - "Dressing From the Inside Out© - 7 Steps to a Whole New Look," to be taught by Julie Greene. Calling herself "The Closet Therapist," Julie works to make your best self shine through your wardrobe. Here she offers some great holiday shopping tips.
By Julie Greene
Want to go from feeling frazzled to dazzled this holiday season? Here are some quick tips to get your shopping done – and get on with the FUN!
- Make a List and Check it Twice: Writing everything down will organize your shopping and help you remember all your helpers – personal trainers, doormen, teachers, etc.
- Get “Appy:” Check out these time- and cost-saving new apps – SnipSnap, SaleSorter, and EbayNow.
- Fly Solo: Shopping by yourself will allow you to stay focused and on task without having to worry about what your friends are getting their friends, and their friends’ friends. . .you get the point.
- Take the Road Less Travelled: If possible, shop at odd hours like early morning and midweek to avoid getting stepped on and ruining your latest pair of Tod's.
- Call for Help1 Elicit the help of personal shoppers. Most high-end department stores have them, or you can simply call me!
- Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving: Don't forget to treat yourself! No one likes a grumpy Santa, so make sure you give yourself the love so you can spread the love.
“The Closet Therapist.
And if all else fails, just order everything online and pop open some champagne. The holidays are a time for fun, family and friends. So get out there and enjoy, and if you need help deciding which Prada suit to wear, you know whom to call. Cheers!
For more information on wardrobe consultation and personal shopping, please visit my website at www.juliegreeneinc.com.
Terri Bromberg: Her Artistic Inspirations
Terri Bromberg is an award-winning artist whose career spans more than 30 years and includes fine art in many media as well as commercial art and graphic design. She has been an associate professor in the SMC Art Department for nine years and has taught at Community Ed for five years.
On the main campus she teaches glass, sculpture and 3-D design, and at Community Ed she has been teaching Glass Fusing classes but, in a first for Community Ed, she will teach a Stone Carving class that begins Jan. 7.
Bromberg earned a B.A. with honors from UCLA, and her master’s degree in Manchester, England on a full fellowship award from the International Rotary Foundation. She was also a recipient of a scholarship award from the Los Angeles Glass Alliance to attend the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Washington.
The Pacific Palisades resident works in blown, fused and cast glass, hand carved stone, painting, drawing and large scale murals. Her mixed media work is both wall hung as well as free standing sculpture. Her artwork has been exhibited in many states, has won numerous awards in juried competitions, and can be found in private collections throughout the United States.
starting Jan. 7
What do you like about teaching at SMC Community Ed?
The students are taking the classes for fun and for personal enjoyment. No grades, no pressure, and the students are happy to be in class. And for me, there is no grading and no critiques. I enjoy working creatively with the students. We all share ideas, experiences, and camaraderie. It's a very positive atmosphere.
How did you become an artist?
I enjoyed creating art as a child, and luckily my science-oriented parents encouraged my artistic interests. I had art lessons and focused on art in school. I liked working in lots of different media: drawing, painting, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Glass has been a newer area of exploration for me. I find the creative process exciting and challenging.
What’s the best thing and what’s the worst thing about being an artist?
Best: Joy and fulfillment of creating something beautiful and meaningful.
Worst: Changing your work to make a client happy.
Tell us one to three things that most people don’t know about you.
I love to garden. It's like making large scale artwork with rocks, dirt, and growing things. Arranging compositions, textures, and colors. And it all changes with the seasons!
I love to travel. Taking in the qualities of new places, the people, the foods, the cultures, the landscapes, and I always visit the art museums.
I get unending artistic inspiration from my garden and from traveling.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
While I was attending UCLA, I took one entire summer break to travel solo through Europe. It was a great experience and I met lots of wonderful people. It made me bolder, more confident in my own abilities and less afraid to tackle the unknown. Although I do enjoy traveling with friends and family, I have continued to travel on my own because I can get more deeply involved with the people and the places.
What turns you on most about art? About teaching?
There is always more to learn. I still continue to take classes, to learn new skills and to gather more information. This gives me a wider foundation on which to build new, bigger and better creative ideas. Art demonstrates the individual's interpretation of the world. Every artist sees things differently. I want to pass this excitement about learning on to my students.
than 30 years
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I keep very busy with several teaching jobs, doing freelance artwork, and dealing with family. So happiness to me is a few leisure days when I can accomplish projects in my garden, cook a meal from things I have harvested, and read a good book in the evening. No phone, no computer – but after a few days I would be happy to go back to work.
Who are your favorite artists? Briefly, why?
In the world of glass, some of my favorite artists are Lino Tagliapietra and William Morris. I admire the exciting use of color, texture and sculptural forms. Some favorite painters are John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt and Claude Monet because they were able to convey emotion and mood in their work. One of my favorite sculptors is Bernini for the groundbreaking realism he was able to capture in stone. I believe an artist should learn how to render realistically, and then move into different forms of abstraction.