Huntington Library and Gardens Hosts Leadership Pasadena's Military Veterans

Published : Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 4:40 AM

Panel and participants

Leadership Pasadena’s Community Leadership Course for Veterans experienced a full day learning about art and the entertainment industry at Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens last week.

Teacher, author, and artist Richard Scott remarkably taught the veterans how to sketch starting with drawing a square and ending with sketches of plants.

Lisa Raggio of Leadership Pasadena commented what an honor it was to have an artist of Scott’s caliber personally work with the group, noting Scott teaches painting and drawing at the Huntington Library and the Norton Simon Museum and for the past 19 years has taught courses at various universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA, Art Center Pasadena, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and UNLV. He is the author of the highly-acclaimed book “Sketching – from Square One to Trafalgar Square” which is used as a text at many universities, colleges, and art schools. His artworks are in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe and his design work has been profiled on NPR station KCRW.

Joran Martinez, Josh O'Brien, Juan Rivas, Shawn Balentine, Antonina Hendeson and Jennifer Marshall

The afternoon was spent with six military veterans who have succeeded in various aspects of the entertainment industry.

Jennifer Marshall, USN Veteran, an experienced actress and producer, made it very clear that breaking into the entertainment business is hard and can take a lot of time. She also broadened the scope of jobs in the industry for the veterans talking about grips and gaffers, to set designers, to writers, Pas, set medics and more.

Marshall moderated a comprehensive panel featuring Jordan Michael Martinez, (US Army), Director; Shawn Balentine, (US Army Medic), Stunt Man/Stunt Coordinator; Antonina Henderson, (US Army), Special Effects Makeup Artist; Juan Rivas (USN), Director of Organization Development and Training for Fox Studios; and Josh O’Brien, (USN), comic that covered a wide range of entertainment industry topics.

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