The Academy of Art University was established back in 1929, and it has produced a large abundance of work that spans for multiple genres. Its motto, “built by artists that’s for artists,” rings true on all levels because it has given the world some of the best work in film, design and fashion. Every year in September, this affluent institution represents itself at one of the fashion industry’s biggest meccas. New York Fashion Week is the cream-of-the-crop, especially when it comes to fashion. For 2017, Academy of Art University put on another great showing by displaying five womenswear lines, two collaborations and two menswear lines. This marks the school’s 21st straight appearance under the bright lights of the big city.
Talented designers from all over the globe make their appearances for all things that’s new in fashion. Academy of Art University represented itself with 10 of its BFA and MFA graduates. Some of the hottest and most futuristic attire was on full-display for the world to see. This includes industry-insiders, celebrities and the general public. Ms. J. Alexander from “America’s Next Top Model” was spotted in the attendance for one of the shows, but there were plenty more high-profile candidates scattered amongst the crowd. Of course, this was another great showing by this extraordinary school and that’s a fact. Academy of Art University’s Hailun Zhou, Dina Marie Lam and Carlos Rodriguez were just a few of the former graduates that blessed this grand event.
Located in San Francisco, California, this for-profit school has a beautiful urban-campus. New Montgomery Street is the main thoroughfare that provides the best view of the school’s hallowed grounds. This is the school that is truly designed to prepare aspiring professionals for the fields of design, the arts and communications.
Academy of Art University is said to be one of the largest privately owned art and design schools in America. In the city of San Francisco, this school is also said to be one of the largest property owners. In the end, passion, consistency and excellence personifies the Academy of Art University to the highest degree.
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The lively entertainment industry in Hollywood is dominated by people with unique backgrounds, and one of them is Ryan Seacrest, dubbed as the busiest individual in the industry. He gained his popularity after hosting radio shows and becoming the host for American Idol, a phenomenal reality television show produced by his own entertainment company. Californians, especially those who live within Los Angeles, would also hear his voice every morning, and it has been a staple for the locals to listen to his voice while they are taking their breakfast. Reaching his current position is not a joke, and he had to sacrifice a lot to climb the ladder of success. Every time Ryan Seacrest looks back into the sacrifices he made to become successful in Hollywood, he couldn’t help but feel proud of himself and his achievements in life.
Ryan Seacrest dedicated most of his time working, and based on the stories from his personal secretary, the popular entertainment personality would have to wake up early in the morning just to get to work at the local radio station. Then before the day ends, Ryan Seacrest would make sure that he will be able to write an article for an entertainment magazine, show up on television and conduct interviews with celebrities, and attending special occasions and events which gave him invitation weeks in advance. He is also using some of his free time managing his personal business and tracking the performance of his entertainment company that brought the Kardashians to the television.
Ryan Seacrest has a lot of investments in different industries, and he stated that managing it makes him happier because it adds a different tune to his repetitive daily routine. He invested heavily in his clothing line which is exclusively sold by Macy’s, called the Ryan Seacrest Distinction. He also has active advertising contracts with Ford and Coca-Cola, and he is also expecting the opening of Polished, a men’s skincare business owned by him and Dr. Lancer. Aside from managing his businesses, he also manages the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and he is also serving as the honorary chair for the Grammy Foundation and one of the board members at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
According to Alex Pall, the New York based DJ who forms one-half of the hit group the Chainsmokers, it is all about the struggle to become artists. Sitting down in an interview the Interview Magazine Pall and cohort Andrew Taggart explained the uniqueness of their music. The two have been steadily gaining popularity since the release of their breakthrough single “#Selfie” in 2012. Their latest work has been stirring up quite a hornet’s nest of speculation.
Since the 2016 release of charting single “Closer” Andrew Taggart has been providing lead vocals for songs. The duo has also become more involved in songwriting, and their music now contains references to their real lives within its lyrics. As most DJ’s in the EDM spectrum create electronic soundscapes out of other people’s music, obviously this is a bit peculiar. Pall explained it as a journey of self-discovery, and an attempt to remain interesting and engaged. “People connect to a our music on a deep level” the artists explained, “And we want to be part of that”.
The duo described their formation of album concepts, explaining to Interview Magazine their process. “You feel the pressure of an album,” Pall begins, “fans want it and so does the label, but we do not want an album of 10 or 12 songs that have nothing to do with each other.” Pall continues by describing a typical DJ album, around six good songs, a few dance records, maybe an interlude, and about three actual singles. According to Pall the group has reached the point where an album should be a related body of work, illustrating who they are cohesively.
It is pretty easy to understand where Alex Pall is coming from. EDM music is mostly beautifully organized sound tapestries. DJs rely on other artists to provide vocals and words. This is why songs within the genre sound a lot alike, and why there are seven remixes of the same source material floating around. The only way to become relevant in such an atmosphere, is to poke some holes in the wall and push boundaries.