Jazz Artist Laura Ellis to Perform, Host Workshop at Polk State

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It’s possible to do what you love for a living — and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

That will be the message of Wednesday’s “So you want to be a singer … and pay the bills?” workshop featuring jazz artist Laura Ellis.

Based in Los Angeles, Ellis has been featured on the History Channel’s “Route 66” and “Modern Marvels” documentaries, HBO’s “Carnivale,” and ABC’s “Modern Family.” She has also performed for concert, festival and cabaret audiences across the country.

Ellis has recorded two albums, and also sings on the video game, “Contrast,” which was released in 2013 by Compulsion Games.

During the workshop, Ellis will share her experiences from the music world, as well as advice for those interested in turning their passions into careers.

Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center Director Osubi Craig said:

“This workshop is about enriching the experience for our students. Not only can they hear Laura Ellis perform, but they can also sit down and talk with her, pick her brain a little bit about what it means to be a professional artist,” he said.

“Having this kind of access to performers is invaluable and unprecedented for our students. It will be exciting to listen in on the workshop and feel the inspiration Laura will no doubt share with our students.”

Craig has similar workshops scheduled with other artists throughout the spring semester.

Ellis’ workshop is open to all students and members of the community. It will take place Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Polk State Winter Haven, room WFA 121, 999 Ave. H N.E. The College’s SALO (Student Activities and Leadership Office) will provide refreshments.

Following the workshop, Ellis will perform with her Jazz Noir Band at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 State Road 60 East.

Both the workshop and performance are free to attend.

Ellis’ concert is part of the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center’s Downtown Concert Series and Arts Incubator series, both of which have brought a wide variety of musicians, actors and visual artists to the area.

For more information, call 863.298.6883 or email LWAC@polk.edu.