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Portraits of Hollywood

It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find inspiring interviews from in and around Hollywood.

Nicole Ohara

It all started with acting. As a five-year-old, it wasn’t uncommon for me to call to my parents, ”Look at me!”, and tumble to the ground in preparation for my appearance as “Murdered Child #2”. I love television. I’m obsessed with it. I always have been. Read more>>

Chloe Wiecz

For the first 20 years of my life, I lived in a small country town in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Growing up, everyone knew who I was, not so much for any successes, but merely the fact that my great grandparents, grandparents, parents, and five siblings all went to the same grade school. Read more>>

Sammii Sun

Hi! My name is Sammii Sun, I am the Fashion Director at the Ivan Bitton Style House showroom in Hollywood, CA. I am also a Casting Director at United Casting Agency. A big part of my journey are God and my mentors, whom I cherish. These people are not just mentors, these are my friends as well, family, and my soul tribe. Read more>>

Amalia Gal

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising. After working in the fashion industry for a few years as a wardrobe stylist, I went back to school to receive a degree in Interior and Environmental Design from UCLA. Read more>>

Alaric Rocha

My dad, Gil was and is a huge fan of movies. He loves grand classics like, “The Godfather” and “2001: A Space Odyssey”, but also campy movies like “Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers” (1956) or “The Giant Claw” (1958). So I grew up with a nice balance of film exposure. Read more>>

Anisha Thakur

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, the city that never sleeps, home to Bollywood which is India’s entertainment capital. I spent my teenage years watching movies and slipping into a utopia, no matter what the plot was. For those couple hours I would be completely engrossed into the movie never really thinking about the amount of work and effort it took to bring these stories to life. Read more>>

Jess Campbell

Hello! I moved from Colorado to LA in September of 2018 to pursue Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). While attending FIDM, I picked up various freelance projects that included designing and sewing a piece for an independent music artist and also designing and creating a Red Carpet gown for an Oscar nominee. Read more>>

Khern$

Artist. Businessman. Visionary. Three of the many ways that truly paint the face behind the name Khern$. I’ve been known by many different names throughout my career since it started back in 2008. If you’ve been around long enough to know me through my names then you definitely know one thing, and that’s the fact that you don’t know me. Read more>>

Vember Conner

As a recovering SF – NYC techie, I decided to take my present and future into my own hands, and move to sunny LA mid-pandemic! I had begun working in real estate a year prior, using my long standing corporate habits to pivot into working full time in real estate. Uncovering creative ways to promote generational wealth was really the catalyst and then it became so much more. Read more>>

Mya Newsom

Because I grew up in a household where creating financial stability was taught and valued, I was determined to have established good credit by the time I turned 18. Shortly after high school graduation, I unfortunately found myself out of work as a new mother. Read more>>

Curtis Jones II

Since a kid I displayed creativity, ambition and more for music. From wearing top hats like Michael and performing for the family at all the family functions. It got serious when I learned my mom was offered a record deal from being in a church choir, but unfortunately the knowledge of my peers costed her that opportunity. Read more>>

Charleszetta Baldwin

Growing up one thing, I remember about my Childhood was my Mother calling me stupid. Charleszetta You’re Stupid! You’re Stupid! Her voice and the memories stuck with me and helped kill my confidence. When I got into the world at times, I really believed I was stupid. Read more>>

Sabrina López

My story goes way back. At age 13 I did my first ever production in 13 the Musical. I fell in love but I didn’t understand what that love could turn into. Before high school I did every production I could find as well as performing at the local dinner theatre in Fresno, Read more>>

Sean Go

My art journey really started when I was in elementary school, in the bustling city of Manila, Philippines when I appropriated my favorite anime characters like Goku, Ash’s Charizard, and the Blue-Eyes White Dragon. Read more>>

Keren Botaro

I’m currently a LA based Singer/Songwriter. I was born and raised in Israel, toured all over Europe and lived in NYC for many years. I traveled extensively all over the world and soaked up a lot of different styles of music and cultures that I feel became a part of the canvas of my creativity. Read more>>

Rachelle Ramiro

Rachelle is double board certified as a Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric and Family Medicine. She has over 13 Years experience as a Registered Nurse and over 8 years as a Nurse Practitioner. Read more>>

Wade “BENJI” Benjamin

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California- “Benji” is a TV & Film Veteran. “The Business” has always been a desire of his from being a performing arts school kid, teen model, recording artist, all the way to actor- he’s done it all. Its no surprise to see how his love for the entertainment industry has manifested into filmmaking. Read more>>

Gypsy Towles

My journey as a makeup artist started when I was majoring in theatre arts and one of my electives of choice was a stage makeup class. I always loved watching sci-fi and horror films growing up but I hadn’t really thought of being an sfx/ makeup artist. Read more>>

Laura LaBine

I grew up in the prairie where North Dakota and Minnesota touch Canada. In an era before the internet, I learned to read at age 3 and became a vociferous consumer of books. There was a Bookmobile that came out to our farmhouse once a week, but I could only check out 8 books at a time. I recall being very serious about choosing where I was going to spend my attention. Read more>>

Ignacio Suarez

Coming from an artistic family, I’ve been drawing since the age of 5. My father is a graphic designer and painter, and my mother always encouraged me to express myself through art. Read more>>

Diana Ruzova

I was born in Minsk, Belarus about two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Like many residents of the USSR at the time, my family was desperate to find a way out of the uncertainty and forge new lives. Luckily, my parents were able to work with a Jewish refugee organization who helped us immigrate to Los Angeles. Read more>>

Alvin Wee

I was born and raised in a city called Kuching on the Northern part of of Borneo Island in South East Asia. The north part of the island along with the peninsula of Malaya formed the Federation of Malaysia in 1963 making my parents first generation Malaysian. Read more>>

Josephine Jackson

I grew up in Los Angeles, but was originally born in Las Vegas, Nevada. I grew up with my mother who was a single parent of 6 children. At the age of 14, my mother passed away after a 3 year battle with cancer. Read more>>

Armando Kole

So before makeup I was always obsessed with art and pop culture. For as long as I could remember I was either drawing and painting on anything I could, or spending my whole day learning more about my favorite celebrities through magazines and the internet. Read more>>

Alison Freed

I was born in Brussels, Belgium to a Belgian mom and an American dad. We moved to Massachusetts when I was seven, and I came out at fourteen years old while a freshman at a small liberal arts high school called Rivers, in Weston Mass. After high school graduation, I moved with my family to San Diego, CA. Read more>>

Anita Chang

Atina is the reverse of my name Anita. It is also a combination me and my mother’s name, Tina Chang. These two elements symbolize Creativity, Reinvention, and Thoughtfulness. Read more>>

Louis Jacinto

After moving to Los Angeles in 1975 to start my third year of college, I began to photograph everything around me. This was the time of film, so each shot had to count because I was a starving student with not too much extra money. Read more>>

Starmäker

STARMAKER are an American Hard rock/Fusion band formed in Los Angeles,California in 2021. The band consists of guitar player Tuömas Nixx , Vocalist Dimitrio Pappa, Bassist Michael Rankin , Drummer Euan Leslee , Keyboards Donnie. The band started in October of 2021 Read more>>

Warren Wright

I first started with a internship at Condé Nast. I started at Glamour Magazine, then Vogue in the summer as a Fashion Intern. After that I started working in Retail during college for smaller brands, but worked my way up to working for designers like Vera Wang and Prada. Read more>>

JC calciano

My name is JC Calciano, and I’m a filmmaker, writer, and now podcaster. My career started in the ’80s as a music video director in NYC – and then later, a film producer and TV director in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Lena Reitz

I began my professional hair career at the age of 17. I was fresh off the greyhound bus from Texas to Los Angeles and I found a salon on Melrose to hire me. I learned more in depth the trade of working with hair extensions and knew this was what I wanted to specialize in. Read more>>

John Tucker

Hey my name is John Tucker and I am an inspiring photographer based in Los Angeles and Houston Texas . So basically how I first started doing photography was me taking a class in Highschool which I really didn’t care about because It’s was just an extra credit class also actually failed that class because I was never paying attention, Read more>>

Joshua Specks

My name is Joshua specks. I’m from fortworth, Texas. And I moved to LA May 17 to pursue a career and beauty influencing. This journey has honestly been such a long one from moving out of a homophobic household and to trying to survive living in la. I started doing make up my senior year of high school and one day after I graduated my cousin told me to get on Tiktok and the rest is history Read more>>

Thebalaboys

We were surrounded by music from a very young age, our father was a percussionist and we were exposed to various forms of music, ranging from Indian Classical music to hip hop and were always fascinated by performers and the energy they created with music. Read more>>

Kevin Sinic

Well…I come from a small town in Austria called Leibnitz, population 8,000 and according to statistics I should never be where I am today, but hey, who buys into stats?? I came to the U.S. in 2009 on a soccer scholarship, where I played for Felician University in Rutherford, N.J. Read more>>

Key Miles

Hello, My name is Key Miles and this is my story. About a year ago I was still having trouble sitting still from the passing of my dad. I was always pretty antsy, but the need for adventure grew stronger in the pandemic. I was having a hard time being in the house. My parents were both travelers in their own ways. Read more>>

Elina Golde

I was born in the former Soviet Union and immigrated with my family to Finland at the age of 5. I started my ballet training in Helsinki and trained to be a professional ballerina. I got my first contract at 19 with the Finnish National Ballet. Two years later I was offered a contract with the world-renowned American Ballet Theatre as the first dancer from Finland. Read more>>

Eliana Victoria Alcouloumre

I grew up with a camera in my hands. One of my earliest memories consists of myself and a friend, dressed as witches, running through the woods with my dad’s camcorder bobbling at my side. When I wasn’t filming, I was practicing ballet at Miss Linda’s Castle, entering pre-school aged poetry contests, meticulously painting Sailor Moon characters, forcing my siblings to enact a play in our living room, or writing a Narnia rip-off novella on the family computer (entitled “Malaria,” a euphonic name I thought I had made up). Read more>>

Shelby Hedgecock

In 2014, I moved to Los Angeles from Loudon, Tennessee to pursue my dreams of being an actress. It didn’t take me long to realize how toxic the industry was, and that didn’t sit right with me, so I took matters into my own hands. I decided to invest in my first business coach and created “Not So Rich Not So Famous,” a reality show about a small town girl trying to “make it” in superficial LA.  Read more>>

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