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LAist Interview: Casey Leveque

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Several weeks ago, LAist Editors put out a call for nominations for the coolest Angelenos under 30. We received many submissions and we are grateful. So grateful that we promise to publish a special edition of the LAist Interview, which we've named "20 Under 30," not once, but three times a week until June 29th. The 20 young people featured in the series confirm the notion that our region nurtures people with talent and initiative, regardless of their age. And we're all enriched by their presence. Sit back, enjoy, and get to know several neighbors under 30 before the 30th of June.

First up: Casey Leveque, an illustrator behind the iPod print ads.

How many twentysomethings can see their work splashed on billboards, bus shelters and wall posters all over the country? Casey Leveque, a native Angeleno, can. An artist for Rocket Studio in Santa Monica, Casey is a member of the creative team involved with Apple's eye-catching print ads featuring silhouettes of people dancing to music from their iPods.

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Age and Occupation:
28. Senior Artist/Retoucher, Rocket Studio

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?:
I was born in Culver City, and I live in Beverlywood.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?
Why would I want to live anywhere else ?

How does Los Angeles inform your work as an illustrator/retoucher?
Well, LA is very much a movie town. I used to work almost exclusively on movie posters. I retouched posters for some great movies, American Beauty, and some not so great, like Planet of the Apes. I used to love working on them because everyone sees movie posters all over the place. With most of the work, I do now in car and product advertising it is not always so widely shown. Some campaigns are big, but nothing like movie posters. That was one of the nice things about the iPod campaign that it was shown everywhere and I could tell people like my grandmother that I did it, and she then could grasp what I do all day.