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StandCreative™ Series II shines a spotlight on jobs in the creative industries that many people overlook or simply never knew existed. Location managers, set photographers, costume designers, special effects makeup artists, book cover illustrators, graphic designers, producers, and even a tattoo artist share stories about their work – how they got started, their first big break, and offer advice about how to make a career in the arts from these specialized skills.

Maggie Phillips

By: Justin Sanders

Following the death of a bunny rabbit at the hands of a mysterious man in the woods, the opening minutes to Season 2, Episode 1 of FX’s Fargo take things to another level, as the morbid crime/comedy proceeds to unleash a series of surreal split-screen interludes with its major characters... Read more

Elisa Malona

By: Kristina Ensminger

Elisa Malona never imagined that one day it would be her job to make dead animals dance around a spinning tree stump for Neil Young. “I’ll be rigging these taxidermy woodland creatures for a Neil Young bit or throwing water in Melissa McCarthy’s face while she’s lip syncing and I’ll... Read more

By: CreativeFuture

Hollywood is rife with cinematographers, but it’s a safe bet that only one of them has had the distinction of crafting on-screen imagery for both Seth Rogen and Rob Zombie. His name is Brandon Trost, and, at the age of 36, his resume already includes director of photography (DP) roles... Read more

By: CreativeFuture

Nestled among science labs on the University of Southern California’s tree-filled Los Angeles campus, Dr. Clifford Johnson’s faculty office immediately reveals itself as a temple devoted to the intersection of science, art, and creativity. It’s the ideal workspace for the disarmingly charismatic, ultra-erudite physics professor who’s become one of Hollywood’s... Read more

By: CreativeFuture

“I love the energy loop that’s created when you get people fired up,” Miriam Cutler says, explaining what drew her into a most unexpected professional journey. For over twenty years, Cutler has beaten the odds to make a successful career as a film composer in Hollywood. And she’s managed to... Read more