Artists

Drew Struzan

August 11, 2015

Born in Oregon in 1947, artist Drew Struzan rose from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of the movie poster industry, crafting iconic images for some of the biggest films and film series in movie history. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, where he worked his way through school by selling his artwork, Struzan was a freelancer for several years before being hired as a staff artist at Los Angeles design studio Pacific Eye & Ear, where he created album covers for artists such as Black Sabbath, Roy Orbison, Iron Butterfly and more. Struzan’s design for Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare was voted voted by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 100 album covers of all time.

In 1975, Struzan started Pencil Pushers, an artistic collaboration that led to work on film posters. During this period, Struzan primarily created artwork for B-movies such as Empire of the Ants and Food of the Gods, until he was contacted by a fellow artist and offered the opportunity to work on the poster design for the 1978 re-release of Star Wars, the success of which made him one of the most in-demand artists in the world. In the years since, Struzan has produced artwork for the subsequent Star Wars films and books, as well as dozens of other films including E.T., Blade Runner, Back to the Future, The Goonies, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and Police Academy. With his lifelike portraits and rich, detailed brushwork, Struzan’s designs highlight the strength and humanity of the characters and, in the process, helped to elevate the movie poster medium to the level of fine art. READ MORE

Entrepreneurs, Podcasters

Sean Russell

February 9, 2015
Sean Russell

Once upon a time, Sean Russell was a mechanical engineer with a crippling anxiety disorder. But after dedicating his life to healing and bettering himself, he became an expert in the field of self-improvement, and since quitting his job in 2013, he has built his company, Menprovement, into a full-time business that currently reaches over half a million men per month. On the site, Russell teaches men how to achieve success in both business and life and how to shape their minds, bodies and souls. Menprovement is a site for men that are serious about improving their lives and feeling better than they ever thought possible.

Russell’s Menprovement podcast, which he started in August of 2014, is downloaded over 30,000 times per month and, like the Menprovement website, seeks to help people reach higher levels of livings and achievement. READ MORE

Actors & Actresses, Authors

Jim Rose

November 6, 2014

Founded in Seattle in the early 1990s, The Jim Rose Circus rose to national prominence during 1992’s Lollapalooza tour, when fans and journalists alike were first exposed to the mindblowing thrill-ride of their stage show. With the charismatic Rose leading audiences on a journey rife with black magic, stunning performances and dangerous exploits, Rolling Stone called the group an “absolute must-see act” and USA Today hailed The Jim Rose Circus as “Lollapalooza’s word of mouth hit attaction.”

After Lollapalooza, Jim Rose and his crew of sideshow performers headlined seven world tours and released a self-titled video on Rick Rubin’s American Recordings that became a cult classic. In 1994, they were chosen to tour with Nine Inch Nails and a then-unknown Marilyn Manson, and later with KoRn and Godsmack, and appearances on The X-Files and The Simpsons in the mid-1990s brought Rose’s legendary persona to the masses. In 2009, Jim Rose joined forces with professional wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts for The Legends Collide Tour, and in 2010, Rose worked with Guns N’ Roses, Stone Temple Pilots and Alice Cooper. In addition, Rose also did a one-month engagement at the Palms casino in Las Vegas. READ MORE

Authors

Adam Bertocci

February 28, 2014

Adam Bertocci is an award-winning filmmaker and screenwriter working in and around New York. He is a proud graduate of the film program at Northwestern University, with a surprisingly useful minor in English literature.

He has penned all manner of produced shorts, most notably the Mickey Rooney Christmas comedy Wreck the Halls; working under his own banner of Guy in his Basement Productions, he has written and directed a double-digit quantity of low-budget short films for the festival circuit.

Bertocci has been a featured speaker at the Anthology Film Archives and New York Comic-Con. His work as a screenwriter and/or director has screened at New Filmmakers, the Tribeca Cinemas, the St. Louis International Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest and the Rhode Island Film Festival. He has garnered press from Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, The New Republic, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Back Stage, Broadway World, Cinematical, the New York Press, E! Online, Maxim, IGN, the Chicago Sun-Times and Film Threat. READ MORE

Authors

Drew Karpyshyn

January 16, 2015

Born in Edmonton in 1971, Drew Karpyshyn is an acclaimed writer of novels, screenplays and video games. After graduating from college with a degree in English, Karpyshyn answered an open call for novel ideas set in Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms universe. His submission eventually led to his first novel, Temple Hill.

In the spring of 2000, Karpyshyn began working for BioWare, the video game company responsible for the Baldur’s Gate series. During his 12 years with the company, Karpyshyn contributed to an illustrious list of games including Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.

In 2013, Karpyshyn released Children of Fire, the first book in his Chaos Born series. He followed it up with The Scorched Earth in September of 2014. READ MORE