The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more. With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.
Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Hollywood that we hope you will check out, follow and support.
I’ll never forget my first singing performance when I was seven years old. I loved expressing myself and connecting with the audience. Looking people in the eyes and sharing my voice with them. No judgment, no fear, no trying to be someone I’m not. Read more>>
To be completely transparent, the artistic work I do right now is largely unpaid with the aim of building a practice that can sustain a living. In the meantime, I take on small part-time remote gigs in animation production and rely heavily on the financial support of my partner. I would not have the body of work or discipline I have today without his moral support either. Read more>>
I had continued my sound engineering career while picking up side projects related to social media, branding, and promotion. I was never really committed to the business side of things though, so I stuck with the more creative, yet technical, area of the industry. Here I am today, doing what I love, and still exploring many different aspects of sound. Read more>>
It all started when I was a child, I was homeschooled and I can remember every day just making up stories and pretending to be different people, I would give them different names, accents and character traits, and I think this is when I fell in love with telling stories and bringing characters to life. Read more>>
I think I’ve always wanted to be a performer. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a Mouskateer, haha. Of course, I thought it was just a summer camp that my parents could sign me up for and then I’d go do sing-alongs on the beach with Mickey Mouse. I had no idea what the business was. My mom used to take me to plays as a kid too and I just fell in love. Read more>>
When you live in Los Angeles, you must have an answer to the question that every single person will ask you. Why did you come here? I don’t know why I did but I know why I am still here. Because this is my home now. This is a place with endless opportunities. Only here you express yourself the way you always wanted. I do it through photography and traveling. These are my passion and desire to live, love and create. Read more>>
My advice to anyone is optimism, staying focused, surround yourself with good people, always do your research in anything you do, and if you really want to succeed at something you must keep working at it. I am big on the idea of manifesting what you want and working hard for it. Read more>>
Michelle Macedo and Melissa Macedo
Michelle and Melissa Macedo are professional actresses and musicians. The twin sisters appeared in the Netflix series “Girlboss”, starred opposite James Franco in the Grindhouse film “Blood Heist”, and worked as leads in the upcoming film Every Time I Die (in theaters this August). They’ve worked in television on shows such as Goliath (Amazon), Casual (Hulu), and Foursome (YouTubeRed) among many others. Read more>>
My mission with music is to uplift, empower and bring hope and love to the masses. I am so happy to be working in LA, Nashville and in New Zealand recording new music and getting ready to put a multi-city tour together soon!. Lots of more projects coming out… stay tuned! Read more>>
Lauren Howard Hayes
Upon moving to Los Angeles, I went on to study at Second City Hollywood Conservatory, UCB, and Groundlings. Groundlings Advanced Writer’s Lab was the most thrilling comedy summer camp of my life! I’ve also been lucky enough to collaborate with comedy teams including Duchess Riot, K-Lo Sketch Show, and Bowl Cut Comedy. It was within those spaces of female empowerment that I discovered my love for writing/producing sketch shows and video content. Read more>>
My life thus far has been one giant circular journey. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and from there, I moved to New Hampshire, Texas, NYC, and then back to Texas, back to New Hampshire, and finally to where I am now- Los Angeles. I have lived all over this country, and have seen and experienced all kinds of people, cultures, and mindsets. Read more>>
I began making the trek to Los Angeles for auditions and bookings, driven by my grandmother.Despite my mother’s misgivings, when she saw my passion in action during a performance of The Vagina Monologues -in a passionate, 20-orgasm rendition of “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy”- she gave me the seal of approval and off to Lalaland I went. Read more>>