Do you do a little bit of everything? Are you looking to know what the life of a freelancer is like? Or do you work for an arts organization interested in hiring freelancers? Join Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles and our esteemed panel of freelancers for some answers to these questions, take-away tips, best practices, and more.

Date & Time: August 25th, 7pm
Location: Blankspaces Downtown LA, 529 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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Poncho One - Pocho-1 Photography established his riveting signature shutter style in Los Angeles. His photography is more than an Image, it’s a political stance. His contribution has strengthened his integrity as an unwavering activist who uses his photography as a weapon. He integrates photography and digital manipulation to radiate colors that express emotion, passion, and resistance. His captures are not only historical documents, they have profound wordless testimony. He continues to fight with the movement for social justice, changing stereotypes, and rejecting injustice. You can catch Pocho-1 shooting and volunteering at community events. The intention behind his lens is liberation, providing a paradigm shift to many viewers. He began fighting for the interests of his community while furthering his education at Cal State Northridge. Studying under Rudy Acuna, founder of the first [email protected] studies department, he graduated with honors in [email protected] Studies and History. He attended San Francisco State University and earned a Masters in Ethnic Studies. Currently, he is pursuing his 2nd Masters at the University of Southern California. Outside of school, he is Staff Photographer and Social Media Coordinator at Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles.

Matthew Manos is an advisor and author interested in experimental economies, business as a medium for critical inquiry, and new methods for creative writing restriction. He is the founder of verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profit organizations. As of 2015, verynice has been able to provide over $2,000,000 worth of pro-bono design and consulting services in 45+ countries to benefit 300+ organizations thanks to a volunteer staff of 350+ practitioners. Now with offices in Austin, Los Angeles, and New York, the company is on track to donate $10,000,000+ in pro-bono services by 2020. In 2014, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recognized verynice for the company’s unparalleled commitment to pro-bono service for local non-profit organizations. Notable clients of verynice have included UNICEF, NASA, MTV Networks, NRDC, Edison International, Wikipedia, Google, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, and Disney Imagineering. He holds a BA in Design Media Arts from UCLA (2010), and an MFA in Media Design Practices from the Art Center College of Design (2012).

Andres Rivera is a hip hop poet and multimedia creative. As a hip-hop poet, he utilizes his poems and rhymes to inspire social change and build community. Under the pen name of RHIPS, which stands for resting humbly in poetry and song, he turns poetic protest into portals of transformation, healing, incantations of love and leadership. He is co-founder of Hip Hop group the Inner City Dwellers, a bilingual Hip Hop crew based in Los Angeles with ancestry across Latino America and the world. He shares his words on stages at local community events, open mics, colleges, high schools, juvenile detention camps, across the U.S. and internationally. As a multimedia creative, he is the founder of Street Inc Media a creative solutions consultancy that creates high impact designs and communications strategy to establish brand presence and drives brand loyalty. Through Street Inc Media he strives to identify the unique stories that will amplify the work of local nonprofit organizations, musical artists, and emerging businesses.

Brittany Gash is a Marketing & Public Relations Consultant with 9 years of industry experience. She focused primarily on The Arts, Entertainment and Nonprofit industries and expertise lies in event publicity, social media campaigns, content creation, brand and image management, and digital marketing. She believes that informed strategies are the key to not only brand identity but also long-term customer loyalty, increased revenues and community engagement. She holds an MBA and a B.A. in Journalism. She is currently on the Advisory Board for Emerging Arts Leader/Los Angeles and the Board of the Jane Austen Society of North America/Southwest. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and teaching workshops on Public Relations and Social Media. She has also been an Arts & Entertainment Reporter for the online news source, since 2009.