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Hollywood’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 Hollywood’s gems below.

Puscie Jones and Baby DynOmite

Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma & E. Providence, Rhode Island, Puscie Jones & Baby DynOmite met in 2012 while working at a pizza joint in Studio City. Puscie Jones was performing as a Samuel L. Jackson impersonator and singing with the experimental funk band, NY77. Read more>>

Nica Tan

When I was around 9 or 10 years old, I would watch my mom put on her makeup in the kitchen of our small house we lived in at the time. I would always be fascinated and asked to play with it until fifth grade she finally let me put it on my face. I would only wear chapstick and really light eyeliner on the corner of my eyes and wore it to school. Read more>>

Amy Castle

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and I’m fortunate to have been raised in a family that fostered my creativity. It started when I was eight years old, hand-painting sea shells gifted to me by my aunt and operating out of my bedroom as “Amy’s Art” – complete with business cards. Read more>>

Tyra D.

I am a singer/songwriter, actress, and model from the Southside of Chicago. At the age of four, my mom enrolled my best friend and I into ballet and modeling classes, at a dance studio that I later became a Pre-Teen modeling instructor at. Who would’ve known back then that these classes would spark my passion for Performing Arts. Read more>>

Chris Lorraine

I knew what I wanted to do very early on. Maybe around 9 or 10. And I’ve been working towards it and mapping it all out ever since. I want to bring back rock n roll in a real way, and become the number one artist in the world. I’m Chris Lorraine. I’m a guitarist, singer, songwriter, artist, crafter, and poet. Read more>>

Tatyana Kim

I started as a “master of a single word” aka copywriter at the international advertising agency Young and Rubicam back in Kazakhstan. Being blessed with the work that included traveling the globe and learning from the textured, rich and often unpredictable narratives of other cultures. Read more>>

Davide Micciulla

I’m a filmmaker from Siracusa, Sicily, but I had a unique start to my filmmaking career. As a child, I dreamt of a life of discovery through archaeology. I was specifically fascinated by Egypt and its rich history. This childhood aspiration resulted in a deep interest in photography. My passion enveloped me so much so that my father called it, “A second skin.” Read more>>

Sarah Stallman

I grew up in the very small, one-stoplight town of Granger, Iowa. It was a pretty rural upbringing. My dad restored John Deere tractors, we lived on an acreage and had dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses. My mom enrolled me in piano lessons when I was in first grade, which was my first introduction to music. Read more>>

Raimondo Rossi

Life is great and I’m happy to be an inspirational story for the city of angels that have been inspiring me since I was a baby! And your magazine has such positive vibes, I couldn’t be much happier. Yes sure, I was born and raised in the countryside in the middle of Italy, in a very traditional family and in a very closed-minded society. Read more>>

Tyler Sankey

I am a musician/guitar player/songwriter/singer originally from NY(Upstate and NYC), currently studying at Musician’s Institute for Performance and Audio Engineering. I play in many styles. But my main focus is on rock n’ roll, mainly psychedelic rock(with a harder edge)/classic rock. Read more>>

Peter Murphy

I was born in Poughkeepsie, New York and raised in Cape Coral, Florida by my mother and grandparents. I’m half Puerto Rican, which makes me DOUBLE American. I’m an only child so I spent a lot of time in front of the TV watching Nickelodeon or WWF wrestling. Read more>>

Scot Cain

I’ve always wanted to act. When I was little, I grew up on martial arts films that starred Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Sonny Chiba and would be mesmerized by how graceful and powerful they were on screen. I got involved with martial arts and started studying traditional Korean martial arts (Kuk Solo Won). Read more>>

Mia Scozzafave

I feel blessed being an actress and It’s amazing how incredible everything started for me. I graduated as a journalist, but my soul it’s been always a free artist. The universe manifested what I felt, as long as I can remember of being a human being. Between me living behind a very promising TV Host career. Read more>>

Jordan Cox

I have always had a passion of bringing people together. There is something special about being a “middle man” between creating relationships amongst others. I feel as though my life’s purpose is to do exactly that, to help unite others to continue pushing forward on this journey of life. Read more>>

Leila Ismailova

Digital books, audiobooks and tablets are becoming “the way of the future.” Yet, can a tablet substitute a book? The feeling of cracking open a new book, the smell of turning the pages, and that beautiful feeling of accomplishment when we reach the back cover – these sensory feelings become imprinted within us from an early age. Read more>>

Shelly Scholten

I am originally from Vancouver, Canada and I moved to Los Angeles when I was 21 years old. I had left cheerleading for the Canadian football league prior to moving to Los Angeles. My first job in LA was at a gym. I wanted to get into acting and modeling, but needed something to keep me stable while I pursued my passion. Read more>>

Sean Williams

Throughout my childhood and into high school I was very creative. I used to paint and then moved onto exploring Photoshop. This was the early-aughts, of course, so I remember wanting to immerse myself in as many creative outlets as possible. I was originally supposed to go to college for graphic design. Read more>>

Fabe Robinson

Growing up, I’ve been told I should become many things in life but the two things I’ve gotten more often than others were that I should play basketball because I’m tall standing at 6’2″ and grew to this height as only 13 years old. The other career I was told I should pursue was modeling. Read more>>

Hayley An

I am currently working as a motion designer & multimedia artist in Hollywood. My journey was full of road bumps but definitely a story that I am proud to talk about. It started at the moment that I moved to Los Angeles for the chase of my art dream. I had never imagined what it was like and I still remember the moment that I landed in LAX. Read more>>

Chris Aguila

I thought I was a heartthrob in high school. I really did. I thought I was cool and talented and untouchable and hot. So my freshman year I decided, even though I had never acted before, that I would be the star of the drama department (yeah, I was one of those). Read more>>

Ana Maria Lombo

I’m going to be in a huge movie! I’m so honored and excited to be a part of something of this magnitude. You’ve probably seen the billboards popping up for Roland Emmerich’s WWII epic, Midway, with Woody Harrelson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Luke Evans and tons of other super talented actors. Read more>>

Karisa Tate and Clarissa Thibeaux

We created RxR after undergoing one of the hardest years of our lives. We laughed until we cried and took all those weird, uncomfortable moments and birthed Rylan and Rylee. We both realized that we hadn’t seen or heard a story like this before. Rather than wait around hoping for it to make it to the screen, we decided to make it ourselves. Read more>>

Paige Gallagher

As an aspiring actor in Los Angeles, I very quickly got tired of trying to fit into someone else’s box. So, I decided to create a place where I could create and express myself the way I wanted to. About a year ago, I reached out to a handful of college friends and we got together to write. Read more>>

Kevin Klipfel

I was born and grew up in Buffalo, New York, which is a pretty grey and dreary place with long winters, so I always dreamt of moving out to California for about as long as I can remember. I suppose I was a relatively lonely kid but I always found some kind of solace in art. Read more>>

Raymond Abel Tomas

My journey began in middle school. A friend convinced me to audition for a local youth theatre organization (First Stage Players). I had not done any theatre prior to that. After the audition and getting in, I saw my first musical – A Chorus Line- and the rest was history. Read more>>

Darrell Black

My name is Darrell Urban Black, an American visual artist presently living in Frankfurt, Germany. My artistic endeavors started at an early age and remained with me until present day as a child, I was always fascinated with space and wanted to create my own space cites. Read more>>

Laura Jane Jones, Dee Dee Foster and Shawn Carter Peterson

We have all been friends for many years, working together and collaborating on numerous projects. We wanted to shed light and give validation to the amazing singer community in Los Angeles in particular. More specifically we wanted to tell the story of what it is like living the life of a background vocalist in Los Angeles. Read more>>

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