Celebrity Commencement Speaker

posted Jan 7, 2016, 12:24 PM by Matthew Kelly



Living Arts College’s graduating class of December 2015 was treated to a guest speaker who has been an actor, director, writer, and producer. Estes Tarver holds an MFA in acting from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is currently recurring on Season 2 of Finding Carter on MTV as Sgt. Hall.

Mr. Tarver has also appeared on such shows as Under the Dome, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. Estes coaches actors at the professional level, his acting students have booked major roles on shows and films such as Terminator Genesis, Hunger Games, and Army Wives.

Mr. Tarver’s advice to our graduates (paraphrased): “Do what makes you happy,” “Get out there and network,” and “Follow your dreams.” And he should know. People suggested to him that a move from New York to Raleigh might not be the right direction. Estes makes sure to tell whoever suggests as much that he is doing very well, thank you.