Five Artists Who Jump Started Their Careers With Inspiration From Their Pets Five Artists Who Jump Started Their Careers With Inspiration From Their Pets
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Five Artists Who Jump Started Their Careers With Inspiration From Their Pets

by Alessandra Rizzotti, GOOD Partner

September 30, 2013

This series is brought to you in partnership with Purina ONE®. These stories highlight how pets have provided creative inspiration in the worlds of technology, education, business, and beyond. Read more about how pets—and the people who love them—can brighten lives and strengthen our communities at the GOOD Pets hub

Photos via William Wegman

Images via Wendy Rodrigue

Photos via Instagram @iamlilbub (left) and @carli_davidson (right).

Photo via LittleFriendsPhoto.com

Seth Casteel started as a volunteer photographer for shelter pets in 2007. Seeing that his photos were helping dogs get adopted, he developed a career as a lifestyle pet photographer. His work became most well-known in 2010 when he noticed one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel he was photographing preferred to be in the pool more than on land. So, Casteel jumped in the water to take some pictures. Now, his series of Underwater Dogs have been exhibited around the world and published in the National Geographic and New York Times. He’s also written the best selling photography book of 2012. Still serving pets in need of homes, Casteel teaches shelters how to take photographs across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Indonesia.

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Alessandra Rizzotti has written for GOOD, Little Darling, Idealist, Takepart, Heeb, Smith, Hello Giggles, Reimagine, and has been featured on The White House blog for her work on the editorial series “Women Working to Do Good.” The editorial series she created for GOOD, “Push for Good,” helped raise over one million dollars for crowdfunding projects in social impact, and she helped launch impact campaigns with GOOD for Purina, GAP, Focus Features, Google, Apollo, and National MS Society. She’s also been published in three Harper Perrennial books with her six word memoirs, as well as four monologue books for Hal Leonard/Applause in collaboration with Grammy winner and GOOD member Alisha Gaddis. Her video art has been featured in Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher’s “Learning to Love You More” Gallery at the Baltic Contemporary Art Museum. In her freetime, she volunteers with CASA, beekeeps with nonprofit organization Honeylove, and edits children’s chapbooks for 826 LA. At Backstage Magazine, Alessandra currently strategizes and writes Twitter chats (in which she’s garnered seven million impressions) and edits casting notices, where she bridges the gap between filmmakers and actors.
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Five Artists Who Jump Started Their Careers With Inspiration From Their Pets