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East LA’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of East LA’s gems below.

Danielle Yukari

I started to work with ceramics in São Paulo, Brazil, where I am from. My story through ceramics goes in the opposite way of most people that work in this field because I first learned how to glaze/paint and later I went to learn how to throw. After working with fashion design for a couple of years. Read more>>

Julia Laws

I started writing music as a little kid. I still remember, and laugh at, the first song I wrote- I must have had an upsetting day because the lyrics depict this girl leaving the house to go buy her mom some milk only to find that when she gets home from the errand. Read more>>

Nancy Sanchez

My name is Nancy Sanchez and I am currently a professional singer-songwriter. My story is an immigrant story and I hope this inspires other Immigrants to pursue their dreams no matter what obstacles you may face. I am signed to Universal Music Publishing and ONErpm Records. Read more>>

Connor Sullivan

I’m originally from Sacramento… well, not exactly. I tell people that to gauge whether they know that area well enough, and if they do then I’ll specify that I’m actually from a little town called Meadow Vista, which is about an hour northeast of Sac. Read more>>

Lawrence Le

In college, I majored in Biomedical Engineering. Just for fun, I took an intro level filmmaking class since I had loved making videos in high school over writing essays, and as a young boy, my dad always made me hold the camcorder at family functions. Read more>>

Sherry Younge

Being a young Filipina and raised by a mother who had owned her own pharmacy in the Philippines, I had always been encouraged to go into the medical field but I knew inside this was not the right path for me. I had always loved the art of hairdressing and would create large intricate. Read more>>

Brenda Perez

My story starts in Northeast Los Angeles or NELA as we like to call it. I am a first-generation Chicana Indígena born and raised in Highland Park. After graduating with a B.A. in both Sociology and Chicano/Chicana Studies, I worked for corporate companies. Read more>>

Albert Martinez

I was born Albert Anthony Martinez on July 4, 1985, in Whittier, California, to two workings, middle-class parents. I had a pretty typical childhood. A lot of my childhood memories consisted of feeling different from my peers. While other kids were throwing sand in each other’s hair and making new friends on the blacktop. Read more>>

Chayuda Sitthiphap

Growing up in North East LA in Highland Park, there is a lot of history and art surrounding me. I attended Benjamin Franklin Senior High after moving from neighborhood to neighborhood where my family settled in the Highland Park which soon became a home to me. Read more>>

Michelangelo Khan

I’ve kinda always been a social butterfly as well as a social outcast. I hopped around different groups all of the time, but never really belonged anywhere. But I always had a knack for bringing different groups of people together to do things whether it was starting a YouTube channel. Read more>>

Richard Hernandez

It’s a bit funny to mention that I wasn’t the type of kid saying, “I want to be a filmmaker when I grow up”. Because really, I think I was just busy being a kid. I grew up in and around East Los Angeles. Often moving from apartment to apartment during my youth, notably the center of East LA, Boyle Heights. Read more>>

Lidia Garcia

After high school I went straight to community college and was there for about four years, completely immersing myself in all the animation and life drawing classes I could take. Afterward, I transferred to California State University Fullerton where I studied animation/storyboarding. Read more>>

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