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Bryan M. Sullivan – Source Profile

Entertainment lawyer, Political Activist, Crowdfunding Author: these are some of the titles worn by Bryan M. Sullivan. His versatility and passion radiate from him, and it is clear that this man is driven and purposeful. Sullivan is a problem solver, and he is good at what he does.

In 2000, Sullivan earned his law degree at Boston College, then spent 10 years working for Glaser, Weir Fink, Jacobs, Howard and Shapiro LLP. There he built a working knowledge of law and an impressive clientele including Miley Cyrus.

Afterward Sullivan and four other partners left the company and founded Early, Sullivan, Wright, Gizer and McRae LLP. In the past 5 years the now multi-million dollar company has grown to 15 attorneys in four locations across the U.S. Sullivan is known for innovative thinking and risk taking. Founding his own firm was one of those risks, but now he knows it was the right move to get him noticed and really build his reputation.

Sullivan’s accomplishments show how valuable and versatile he is. He’s won numerous awards including several “Top Attorneys Under 40”and “Super Lawyer” awards. Sullivan is a dedicated non-profit and political activist, and he was awarded with Liberty Hill Foundation’s 2012 NextGen Leadership award because of his efforts in the non-profit community. He is involved with I Vote Inc. a youth voter engagement group and the Lion Fund for Children, a group that assists victims of sexual abuse.

In 2006, Sullivan co-founded BASTA Inc. a non-profit housing rights organization where they changed how evictions are done in Los Angeles. Most notably, the group assists tenants in landlord disputes by demanding jury trials, potentially diminishing unfair evictions. With this housing background he was appointed Sullivan to the Affordable Housing Commission by Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti. He served for a year before resigning to work on the mayor’s reelection campaign.

Even with all of his involvement in law and the non-profit sector Sullivan added another facet of his expertise, crowdfunding. Sullivan co-wrote two articles on Forbes.com with regards to crowdfunding and the legal ramifications that are just waiting to happen.

With all of his responsibilities one might think that they would each be neglected but all that Sullivan works on flourishes. His peers respect his work and he has truly earned his place in the world.

 

 

 

 

California Artist Departing from Narrative

She wears a dark sweater where bright hand-stitched x’s mark where moth larvae had eaten their fill. Combined with dense bangs and black old fashioned glasses, her ensemble evokes a sort of dark ’50s housewife. At least in terms of attire, Kelby Vera does not follow the norm for most American young women.

Vera is an artist. She says she has always been a writer of non-fiction and poetry. She found photography later, which enriched an important time in her life. Now she says she “lives between words and images.” But it took time and effort to think of herself this way.

Vera was born and raised in Southern California. At Mira Costa High School she gained extensive media experience by writing and anchoring the school’s TV broadcasts. After high school she struggled to decide which field to pursue in college.

She knew that she wanted to focus on some sort of non-fiction writing, but “thinking about being a journalism major. I hated that idea,” says Vera. “If I go to J school now it’s gonna be resume building, ethics, production stuff and I feel like I don’t know anything about the world! Anthropology gave me that.”

In retrospect, this may seem like a detour, but to her it makes sense and the time she spent learning anthropology now helps inform her narrative and helps her keep the world in perspective.

After graduating from college Vera lived in Oakland, California where she produced and released a variety of work online. Previously she had only dabbled in photography but then her friends pushed her to develop her art. The collaboration was beneficial. She says, “I have horrible social anxiety. So for me that collaborative push is really feeling like something clicks.” After a time, she recognized the need to separate herself and, in March of 2014, moved back to LA.

“The most valuable thing in developing my art was being apart from those people, ‘cause we all made art together and it was very tight knit. I moved down to La and I didn’t have that feedback loop. So I really had to dig down and be like ‘what am I about?’ but now I can confidently say when I look at myself is that’s me and I’m proud of it.”

 

Kelby Vera Infographic
Progression throughout California

Kelby Vera: Departing from Narrative

She wears a charcoal gray, maybe at one time black, cashmere sweater. Sewn onto the back is a large line image of a cat with a sweet little bow. Hand stitched x’s mark the spots where moth larvae had eaten their fill. Her wardrobe consists of bold print and vintage styles, evoking a sort of dark 50’s housewife a times. She wears a camera around her neck on her first day of Journalism school. She does not follow the American woman’s traditional narrative.

Kelby Vera is an artist, she believes it, I believe it, it is truth. She has always been a writer, both of non-fiction and poetry. She found photography to be enriching at an important time in her life and now she “lives between words and images.” July 27th, she began her educational journey at USC focused on Arts Journalism, her tool to balance her two passions: writing and art practice.

Vera was born and raised in San Pedro until their family made the move to Manhattan Beach. There she attended Mira Costa High School where she gained extensive media experience writing and anchoring for the schools TV broadcasts. At the end of highschool she struggled to decide what field to major in. She knew that she wanted to focus on some sort of non-fiction writing but hated the idea of actually majoring in journalism. Vera realized that she actually knew nothing about the world and Anthropology was her solution. “I fell in love with it so desperately, so immediately. I love anthropology as a way to inform my world view… to use it as a force for critical evaluation and for deconstructing these rigid roles we have in society.” Though this may seem like a detour from her, what we know to be, continuing journalism career, this time that she spent learning anthropology helps her keep her narrative and the world in perspective. .

After college she spent some time living in Oakland, CA where she produced and released a variety of her online work. At that time her community of friends pushed her toward developing her art. Her photography and artistic style flood the internet in both blog and shop format. She was a contributing journalist for greasymag.com, her photo essays and text pieces ranging from everyday life to artist profiles to spooky DIY’s. After a time, she recognized the need to separate herself from that community, and moved back to So Cal. In that time she had to rely on herself and became comfortable with calling herself and “artist”.

After she finishes her degree Vera plans to continue producing multi-media art and collaborative art publications. She loves narratives and telling stories but she wants people to be “liberated from these pre-programmed narratives.” Cultural disruption is one of her goals, she is a self-identified “crazy cat lady” and she loves paper.

Assignment #1: Digital Footprint (Kelby Vera)

Kelby Vera combines her artistic talent and award winning journalism skills by joining the incoming class of Arts Journalism students at the University of Southern California. Her photography and artistic style flood the internet in both blog and shop format (her multiple zines available for purchase). She was a contributing journalist for greasymag.com, her photo essays and text pieces ranging from everyday life to artist profiles to spooky DIY’s.

 

Kelby was incredibly easy to search for, perhaps it was her unique name and the plethora of material she had available on the internet. The majority of what is found has to do with her photography. She has multiple blog spaces on tumblr.com, including poetry, a personal webpage (www.kelbyvera.com) and a spooky fashion space shared with a friend. She contributed to greasymag.com and produced at least 2 zines, small self-published “magazines” of original work. Her Instagram includes the necessary selfie and cat pictures along with her typical photography. Outside of her art I was able to find that she attended high school at Mira Costa High School in Huntington Beach. Spring 2008 she received an Excellent Award in a “Write-Off” contest hosted by the Journalism Education Associate. She later attended Santa Monica College as an Anthropology major and received a scholarship from her father’s company before her junior year. After college she spent some time living in Oakland, CA where she produced and released her online work.