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Christmas Special Drama Princess, pick up from Halvorsen
'Ellie the Drama Princess: A Child's Introduction to the Theater Process' Book: > $14 per book. (Please include pickup details with your order)
You are invited to attend panels I will be a guest on for FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention in Fall 2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 8410. I will be talking Disneyland, and moderating a panel that I pitched inspired by my story of pursuing my creative dreams and switching careers. It means the world to me to have people like you supporting my creativity and voice. You are welcome to follow my adventures at FanX on my social media.
You can purchase your passes, and save 20% with the code FANXKSL at https://fanxsaltlake.com/tickets/
So you’ve never been to Disneyland, or you haven’t been for several years? Our panel will give you everything you need to know before you go. What attractions you should ride, which restaurants have the best food, how fast passes work, and how to make the most of your vacation. We’ll even give you the details on what you can expect at Halloween and Christmas.
Friday, September 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, in Room 250A
Geek culture is now mainstream, and many individuals are tossing their fears aside to embrace the stories and fandoms that bring them joy. Listen to pop culture experts’ tales and tips on taking the plunge into the geeky lifestyle you so secretly long for.
Saturday, September 7, 2019 @12:00 pm -to 1:00 pm, in room 255A
Please note: Halvorsen is attending FanX as a freelance creative and not as a representative of KSL.
“Live ’til You Die.” Has been longtime ALS sufferer, Creighton Rider’s motto for the past 10 years as he has fought this progressive neurodegenerative disease. And he has done just that as he continues to press the boundaries and limitations his body has challenged him with. But the issue has now become, he has lived a lot longer than medical science predicted, and his life savings to support him and his family is dwindling.
While friends and family have rallied to support Rider, even forming a team called “Creighton’s Riders” raising funds for ALS research and awareness at the Saints to Sinner’s bike relay event, it’s time for others to join the team.
Halvorsen was a Publishing, Sales, and Administrative Assistant from June 2017 – July 2018.
Part of the challenges I have made for myself this year is to be more Creative. So, when May rolled around instead of just liking other artists work, I actually produced my own. I participated in MerMay, month-long celebration of creativity, community, and above all… MERMAIDS.
Here are some of my favorite creations for that time. Enjoy.
I had the honor of being one of the few graduates of the University of Utah’s class of 2017 invited to be the student commencement speaker. While I was not selected, I was thrilled at the opportunity to apply. The following is the speech I submitted for consideration.
It’s taken me 11 years to stand before you with this 4-year degree and I am grateful for every minute it took me to get here. From a trade education to an associate, to a Bachelors, the journey has been a refining process that has given me the tools and confidence to be who I am. Notice, I said who I am, not who I am today. This is because college has not changed me, but challenged me on a deep personal level to know my own mind and self. College has challenged me to evaluate who I was and how I thought, to shed old limitations and pre-conceived notions, to find and refine my own passions, and craft a new vision of my future to doggedly pursue.
From our first courses at the University of Utah we are asked to think more, and warned we will be challenged on more fields then an educational one. I am a communications major, and as such I evaluate how we interact and communicate with the world around us, as well the thought process and rhetoric that goes along with that communication. My first class at the U was a Transfer Interest Group, in this course we learned how to transfer to and navigate the University, as well as grapple with the logical fallacies that cloud our reasoning. You are challenged to understand that “You are not so smart,” which also happens to be the name of the book we study by journalist David McRaney. We learn that there is a myriad of misconceptions and shortcuts that we employ to translate the world around us, from the ever-present and dangerous Confirmation Bias to the comfortable and enticing Consistency Bias. Being aware of these fallacies from the start. I was able to tackle my university education with a more humble and aware outlook.
This humility and awareness is key as we passed through our generals and into our specific educational sequences. We are exposed to facets of the world that we often would not have had the opportunity to do so in regular life. Along the way, something sparks our interest, ignites our mind and fuels our educational and career dreams. We find what we are passionate about and now that we found who we are, we are prepared to pursue it.
This passion can sometimes be a huge shift in our own story, for several years I thought I would build upon my own trade education in Massage Therapy to pursue a higher degree in Biology. But as I took a general communication course, I understood that communications is my passion. That I enjoyed the creative trial communications required more than the structured interpretation of the human body. Now was the time for another challenge to who I was; do I pursue my passion and change focus, losing the time and money spent on my biology courses? Or do I keep on my biology track working at something I liked, but wasn’t the happiest about? I choose my passion. My happiness. My creativity. And my newly discovered me. I know that many of us here have had similar experiences and stand here ready to graduate clutching diplomas and dreams of our new passions. And I am excited for all of us!
The University of Utah has prepared us for our futures on an educational level, mental level, and personal level. In these halls, we have been challenged to remove the roles constructed for us by our parents, family, past educators, friends and peers, and explore deeper subject of our personal interests. The education we have received has trained our minds to continually learn and face challenges. The experience of interacting with a menagerie of students, professors and topics has widened our minds and gifted us with a support system. We leave the campus and enter the “real-world” as ourselves, capable and ready to take on the challenges before us.
I am leaving to pursue my own creative communications goals; to pursue a career in public relations and arts advocacy. To continue to challenge and learn about myself as I become a force of good in this world. We all can become a force of good in this world! We know who we are. We have earned the tools, now is our time to use them.
In Fall 2016, I took “The Editing Process” at the University of Utah. The course is an upper division communication/writing course described in the catalog as: “Judging content and form and preparing copy for publication. Graphics, layout, and picture editing included.” This course reaffirmed and honed my writing and formatting skills in everything from article writing/editing to formatting newspapers. Throughout the process, I learned to trust my intuitive creative design skills and delve deeper into Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. Concurrently with the course, I worked on promotional material for my community theater’s production of “Disney Aladdin Jr.” and was able to include some of the designs into my portfolio.
-Kellie Ann Halvorsen
One of the hardest and most rewarding projects I have ever had to complete was producing a student documentary. The project entailed filming, editing, and compiling a documentary of our choice, with me as the producer to make sure the work was done. We chose to create a documentary that challenges the audience to “Look Up” and notice the world around them. Click here for the link to view the final piece.
Every artist interprets the world, and thus creates art, in a different way. One of the first assignments for my “Documentary Video Production” class was to take the same pieces of footage and edit your own version of the film. For this assignment, I was able to assistant direct the filming and then edited my own version using Adobe Premiere Pro. Click here to see my segment showcased in Salt Lake Community College’s “What’s Bruin” My piece is the third segment.
Beginning and Advanced film production at Salt Lake Community College taught me the ins-and-outs of film, newsroom, live event, and documentary production process. I worked in studios, filmed/directed/produced TV segments, wrote scripts and production plans and even hosted the “What’s Bruin’ talk show found at the link here. This coursework also included practical hours outside of the classroom, allowing me to experience in-the-street situations.
Videography and film editing are important, but it is also important to understand how to work on the audio tracks underneath the visuals. I learned my audio editing skills utilizing Adobe Audition to create several pieces of media, including this three-minute audio documentary filled with vocal audition tips featuring the talented Angie Call.
I have been playing in photoshop for well over a decade now. I first learned the program in high school and have had continual training in various college courses and creative opportunities since. I love the challenge of combining different images into one new unified piece. Here are some pieces I am most proud of:
The assignment for this class was to use photoshop to place yourself into a place you have never been but want to be. I choose this stunning lavender field to convey a feeling of peace and creativity. I had to insert myself into the ragged layers of foliage and remove the logo from my shirt.
During my “Introduction to Visual Communications” course, I had the opportunity to learn InDesign to create an interesting magazine style layout. I choose to create an article about Wonder Woman as Lois Lane. Using Photoshop I was able to insert a dynamic article title into the original image by Jarsric. I used cropping and darkroom techniques to bring a dynamic focus to the character for the article.
I am constantly working on creative gifts and projects for my family. Here is the logo I helped create for my sister’s Etsy store. She emailed me the image she had painted with acrylics and I digitized it, giving it a more clip art feel to it. I enjoyed the work so much, we plan on doing more pieces utilizing her art style and my editing.
I fell in love with this artist modern interpretation of DC Comics Wonder Woman, so much so I wanted to create a version that I could cosplay comfortably. Using photoshop I made the figure plus size and added to the dress to bring it to my level of modesty standards. I paid special attention to capturing the shadows on the outfit and even altered the color of the hair. I have yet to find someone who can sew me this wonderful dress, but someday I will be wearing this to comic con.
Sometimes your favorite piece of art isn’t a favorite because of its technical work, but it is your favorite because of what it says about you. As a “getting to know you” assignment for a class we had to create a collage of ourselves, this is my submission. While it appears to be a jumble of layers and layers styles, it really is the layers of myself from my love of creativity to my love of family. Every time I look at this piece it makes me smile.
I have had a lot of opportunities to create posters and logos with my educational, volunteer and creative pursuits. The following is some of my favorite samples created using photoshop, InDesign and similar image editing programs.