Talks

At our events each month, three people give short talks about a project they’ve done or are working on, their process of how they do their work, a lesson they have learned, or a creative crush - someone or something that inspires them.

Emilie Kirkpatrick Designer 10.17.19 //

Graphic designer Emilie Kirkpatrick shares the process of designing and executing her very first mural design—and how she fell in love with painting along the way.

Tristan Blaine attorney 10.17.19 //

Lawyer and author Tristan Blaine discusses what creatives (and everyone else) should know about the law.

Filmmaker Stephen Nolly 10.17.19 //

Filmmaker Stephen Nolly discusses his current project CHILMARK, about a murder in the Deaf community.

West Liang 09.19.19 //

Filmmaker West Liang discusses what he’s learned about drawing useful skills from unexpected paths.

Laura Jay Designer 09.19.19 //

Illustrator/Graphic Designer Laura Jay shares an illustrated map she created of the West Adams District.

Tilly Hinton 09.19.19 //

Expert question-asker Tilly Hinton develops your power to understand complex terrains through the simplest questions.

Josh Spector 08.22.19 //

Audience growth strategist Josh Spector shares how he used a blog post and $100 in Facebook ads to land multiple new clients in a week.

Satish Goda 08.22.19 //

Animation technical director Satish Goda shares some of the tools he loves to use to bring ideas to life.

Weiko Lin 07.18.19 //

Author / screenwriter Weiko Lin shares his publishing journey of his debut book Crazy Screenwriting Secrets: How to Capture a Global Audience.

Mitchell Pumar 07.18.19 //

Mathematics Professor Mitchell Pumar shares what he’s learned about math disposition, anxiety, and creativity over the course of his eight-year teaching career.

Héloïse Chung 07.18.19 //

Writer and Director Héloïse Chung shares how being bad at ceramics made her better at writing.

Kate Krieger 06.13.19 //

Filmmaker Kate Krieger gives insight into how she developed a character that she later expanded into a pilot.

Handel Eugene Motion Designer 06.13.19 //

Motion designer Handel Eugene shares his experience with prioritizing the process vs the reward.

Ani Pandit 06.13.19 //

Amateur filmmaker Ani Pandit presents a case study on making an independent film (The Mad Ones) in Los Angeles in the 2010s.

05.16.19 //

Recovering academic and current camp director Reuben Posner shares how he’s come to understand the meaning of the word “good” and its relationship to success and failure.

David Braun Creative Director 05.16.19 //

Creative director David Braun shares a look into his kaleidoscopic, Steamboat Willie-inspired animated project, Psycho Psalms.

04.18.19 //

Interior Designer Kerry Vasquez shares a post modern collaboration with a client that was dubbed “Maximalist Minimalism.”

03.14.19 //

Artist Billy Kheel explains how he uses modern fabrication machines to create old fashioned craft projects.

03.14.19 //

Filmmaker Angie Comer discusses what she learned about herself and her approach while directing The R Word.

03.14.19 //

Illustrator Megan Roy shares her interactive, self-published children’s book Can You Do This?

02.21.19 //

Photographer Sasha Tivetsky talks about her project Grandma Luda and the importance of photographing family.

02.21.19 //

Freelance writer Brenda Gazzar shares how she is aligning her life – both personal and professional – with her inner truth.

12.13.18 //

Storyteller/Producer Beowulf Jones discusses how he reduces self-doubt and faces fears in the creative process.

12.13.18 //

Creativity Launch Coach Paul Sanbar discusses the neuroscience of new habit formation and how rituals or routines can support your creative process and flow.

11.15.18 //

Designer and animation director Daniel Savage shares “how does it go?”, a new zine about playing music.

11.15.18 //

Designer/animator Sara Liberatore discusses what she’s learned about using color theory to unite your social and creative identities.

09.20.18 //

Illustrator Mikey Burton shares what he’s learned about what it takes to stay motivated and relevant the further you go in your career.

09.20.18 //

Writer/Performer Krysta Gonzales discusses the process of using the voice to develop a character.

09.20.18 //

Filmmaker Colin Levy presents his NYT Op-Doc My Grandfather’s Memory Book, and the inspiration for making it.

08.23.18 //

Writer Sanjay Nambiar shares his children’s books series The Super Amazing Princess Heroes & A Little Zen for Little Ones.

08.23.18 //

Architects Bo Sundius & Hisako Ichiki explain how they design for living small and showcase an accessory dwelling prototype for new California living.

08.23.18 //

Architects Bo Sundius & Hisako Ichiki explain how they design for living small and showcase an accessory dwelling prototype for new California living.

08.23.18 //

Artist Jillian Evelyn discusses what she’s learned about patience and the importance of listening to your art gut.

07.12.18 //

Contemporary visual artist and educator April Bey discusses her studio practice which involves world travel connecting her Bahamian upbringing and West African research.

07.12.18 //

Creative Mauro Gatti shares how important it is to develop your own creative voice and to talk about the things you love without getting too comfortable with your own work.

07.12.18 //

Illustrator Audrey Lee walks through her process and creative drive for a selection of projects, including her work for Get it Girl Collective – a female centric collective.

06.14.18 //

Brewmaster Stephen Kooshian gives insight into how Pacific Plate artfully crafts unique beers through a marriage of traditional and Latino ingredients.

06.14.18 //

Entrepreneur Melissa Schulman shares her experience opening the first all vegan and organic frozen yogurt store in Los Angeles.

06.14.18 //

Financial coach Roland Menchell shares what he’s learned about how creative folks can put their money to work for them.

05.17.18 //

Creative coach and spiritual director Brian Patacca shares what he’s learned about the illogic of finding your life purpose.

05.17.18 //

Comedian and filmmaker Kiran Deol shares her experience directing the film American Haze for the Sundance channel.

05.17.18 //

Writer/director Stephen Nolly gives insight into premise and character and how to find the heart of your story.

03.20.18 //

Photo retoucher Erica Torres-Ness explains her take on “natural beauty retouching” and makes the case for bringing back some wrinkles.

03.20.18 //

New Angeleno Arnab Mukherjee discusses what he learned while packing up and moving across the country.

02.27.18 //

Documentary producer Rebecca Breithaupt demystifies networking and gives insight into the importance of community in her industry.

02.27.18 //

Writer / director Matthew Manson shares what he learned about faking it til you make it from his first big commercial project.

01.09.18 //

Professional creative person Josh Shayne gives insight into how meeting regularly with an accountability buddy has helped him make progress in work and in life.

01.09.18 //

Photographer/comedy producer Katherine Leon shares what she’s learned about how self-doubt can fuel creativity.

12.05.17 //

Screenwriter Brett Scieszka shares the value of creative hobbies and side projects in enriching your work.

12.05.17 //

Writer/director Sarovar Banka gives insight into how he learned that filmmaking is a vortex.

12.05.17 //

Women in Film manager of operations Maikiko James shares progress on the WIF Help Line which addresses sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood.

11.14.17 //

Writer/director Molly Green shares what she’s learned about mastering Q&A sessions.

11.14.17 //

Documentary filmmaker Graham High gives insight into how he used available resources to create and inform an independent mini-doc web series on empathetic listening.

10.17.17 //

Brewmaster Stephen Kooshian gives insight into how Pacific Plate artfully crafts unique beers through a marriage of traditional and Latino ingredients.

10.17.17 //

Group facilitator Jason Lange discusses what he’s learned about the art of interpersonal connection

09.26.17 //

Lapsed scientist David Medovoy is really into this small metal elephant.

09.26.17 //

Filmmaker James Darling shares “The Quantum Supremacy”, a documentary he is directing about the emerging field of Quantum Computing.

09.26.17 //

Actor and former multi-hyphenate Gita Reddy discusses how context is everything, and how not to forget that in any context.

09.12.17 //

Publicist Sabrina Dax gives insight into how she gets media attention for her clients.

09.12.17 //

Archivist Robin M. Katz discusses what she’s learned about protecting your time and how to say no.

09.12.17 //

Graphic artist Josh Siegel shares “Serving Pride: The Queer History Dinner Party Handbook,” which he is art directing.

08.29.17 //

Composer Erik Desiderio gives insight into how he channels his creativity to compose music for a scene.

08.27.17 //

Screenwriter Shauna McGarry discusses what she’s learned about creative fulfillment vs. financial autonomy.