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A unique artistic exchange through cultural immersion

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MARGARETHE DREXEL, ORIGINALLY FROM VIENNA, AUSTRIA, IS BEHIND ONE OF THE MANY NEW BUSINESSES THAT HAVE COME INTO MACARTHUR PARK OVER THE PAST YEAR.

HER ART GALLERY, SELECTO, IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED, AS IT PREPARES THE SETUP FOR A SHOW STARTING THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH, FEATURING THE WORK OF LA ARTIST RICHARD NEWTON.

SPEAKING FROM MACARTHUR PARK, MARGARETHE TALKS ABOUT HER BACKGROUND AND HOW THE IDEA FOR SELECTO CAME ABOUT.

 

Click here to watch the video interview.

 

What is your take on the music scene these days?

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INDIVIDUALS IN THEIR TWENTIES AND THIRTIES SHARE THEIR TAKE ON THE CURRENT STATE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. PEOPLE SUCH AS COURTNEY CHISHOLM, CHRIS HUGHES AND VID ALWOODS CONSUME MUSIC MORE OR LESS THE SAME WAY THESE DAYS.

 

 

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WHEREAS A DECADE AGO SALES OF PHYSICAL MUSIC DECLINED IN FAVOUR OF DOWNLOADS, RESPONDENTS NOTED THAT THE WAY THEY CONSUME MUSIC THESE DAYS IS MAINLY THROUGH STREAMING, SIGNALLING ANOTHER SHIFT IN MUSIC CONSUMPTION. THEY STILL IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AS CONCERTGOERS, ALTHOUGH NOT AS MUCH AS THEY DID A FEW YEARS AGO. THE GENERAL CONSENSUS WAS, HOWEVER, THAT ARTISTS HAVE BETTER PLATFORMS TO GET THEIR MUSIC HEARD AND THAT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY WILL STILL FIND WAYS TO MAKE MONEY.

 

Football is more real than reality

 

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For someone who admittedly cannot kick a ball, it comes as a surprise that Brenna Devanney lives and breathes football. Fresh off four years of undergraduate studies in Communications at La Salle University in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised, Devanney boldly decided to leave her family and venture to Los Angeles to study sports journalism.

She describes herself as a fast talker with a fast-paced lifestyle, traits she attributes to being from the East Coast. That said, she grew fond of Southern California during several trips there with her family. She appreciates the warmer weather and people’s laid-back attitude. What really attracted her to this part of the country, however, was the opportunity to join University of Southern California, which she hopes will give her the set of skills she needs in journalism.

“La Salle gave me the technical skills that a journalist needs, but here at USC, I am looking for more focus,” she asserted.

Her passion for sports started at a young age when she would attend football events with her parents, younger sister and cousins. It was during those games that she found her calling.

“Athletes work hard to get to where they are, so I feel that connection. I share the same work ethic, and to me, being a successful sports journalist requires you to make it on your own […]. You have to earn it.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Devanney has a robust resume that is a testament to her talent and craft as a journalist. Her favorite internship remains the work she did for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. She worked with sick children and taught them how to produce entertainment, sports and game shows.

“It’s amazing how these kids had so much on their minds because of their suffering through cancer or another illness, and yet here they were, brave enough to put on a strong face and have fun.” The highlight of Devanney’s career, however, remains her interview with Michael Vick, the then-quarterback for the Eagles who went on to play for the Jets.

An avid fan of reality television and pop culture who cites The Bachelorette, Big Brother, and American Idol as some of her favorite shows (she even interned for Big Brother winner Dan Gheesling), nonetheless she would like to go back to the East Coast after graduation and stay true to her first love, sports journalism.

“I would like to become a sideline reporter for the NFL,” she reaffirms.

 

Brenna Devanney’s Journalistic Ambition – V2

A fresh new face is about to grace the world of journalism. Young, energetic, and full of life, she talks about her journey so far with profuse enthusiasm. Her name is Brenna Devanney, a soon-to-be 22 year-old student hailing from Janison, a small town of a few hundred people just outside Philadelphia.

Having just graduated from Philadelphia’s LaSalle University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in May 2015, Devanney took the bold decision to leave her family and venture out to Los Angeles on what is her first time away from home. Even though she misses her family and does not know anyone in LA, she is determined to make this a rewarding experience. “It’s important to force yourself outside your comfort zone”, she quips.

Devanney has always lived in the East Coast and really identifies with its fast-paced lifestyle, but she grew fond of Southern California during several trips here with her family. She appreciates the warmer weather and people’s laid-back attitude. What really attracted her to this part of the country, however, was the opportunity to join USC, which she hopes will give her the set of skills she needs to become a sports journalist. “LaSalle gave me the technical skills that a journalist needs but here at USC, I am looking for more focus”, she asserted.

Her passion for sports journalism started at a young age when she would attend football tournaments with her family. It was during those games that she found her calling. “Athletes work hard to get to where they are, so I feel that connection. I share the same work ethic, and to me, being a successful sports journalist requires you to make it on your own. You cannot be a good journalist just because you have a family history of journalists. You have to earn it.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Devanney already has a lot to be proud of. She can already claim the titles of editorial intern, news intern, media programs intern, public relations intern, host and producer. Such a robust resume at such an early stage of her career is a testament to her talent and craft as a journalist. That said, her favourite internship remains the work she did for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In partnership with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, she worked with sick children and taught them how to produce entertainment, sports and game shows. She remembers this experience to be so “inspirational”. “It’s amazing how these kids had so much on their mind because of their suffering through cancer or other illnesses, and yet here they were, brave enough to put on a strong face and have fun”. The combination of doing what she loves to do and giving back to the community was the essence of that experience. When asked about the single highlight of her career, Devanney showed no hesitation in picking her interview with Michael Vick, a then-quarterback for The Eagles who went on to play for The Jets.

Despite being an avid fan of reality television and pop culture – she cites “The Bachelorette”, “Big Brother”, and “American Idol” as some of her favourite shows – she would like to go back to the East Coast after graduation and stay true to her first love, sports journalism. “I would like to become a sideline reporter for the NFL”, she reaffirms. With such passion, ambition, and drive shining through her eyes as she talks about her plans, it is clearly only a matter of time before Devanney becomes a household name in the field of sports journalism.