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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.

Honey Larochelle

I grew up in Canada with a single mum who was touring with a rock band, an acapella quartet and doing the occasional moonlight as a backup singer for Little Richard, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Marvin Gaye and many others. I knew how to sing and create harmony arrangements from an early age and we recorded an album together when I was only seven. I played night clubs and performed in choir and drama club throughout my high school career. When I finally got my first demo recorded, I sent it to an artist manager in Orlando, FL and she sent me a plane ticket! I was supposed to go for the weekend but I chose to drop out of high school to really commit to my dreams. I ran toward what I thought was my “big break” but ended up on a path had a much longer trajectory. First, I landed in a girl’s group, where I danced choreographed steps while singing pop and rnb that I was Co-writing and co-producing. Read more>>

Gustavo Mascari

MASCARI began his journey in nightlife at the tender age of 17 inside local nightclubs where he grew up in and around the South of Brazil. At 22, he moved to São Paulo after graduating with a degree in Marketing to pursue his musical career even further. His mentor, DJ Leiloca Pantoja, showed him the ropes helping him to nail down what it takes to be a DJ. Mascari started playing alongside the great DJ Johnny Luxo, a very influential Brazilian artist known in the fashion world. In 2017, he packed up and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina to continue growing as an international artist. After 3 years, Mascari was playing in all the major music venues around the city. Finally in 2020 he moved to the U.S. to expand his career in New York City where he’s seen playing around Brooklyn and Manhattan. Read more>>

David Granados

I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I went to college to be an industrial engineer to satisfy my father’s expectations but secretly my mom and sister supported my love for the arts and took acting and dance classes secretly and started my training. I got discovered as a model by an agency in my hometown and started working right away despite being told it wasn’t an easy career path and right before graduation I met Paris Hilton and she encouraged me to pursue my dreams, she light up my fire even more and helped me connect with an agency in the US. I landed a contract in New York with Marylin Agency and right after graduation I moved to New York to model and to start my training. In New York I have had the opportunity to walk the runway during New York Fashion Week many seasons and work with household names such as Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Versace. Modeling for me was the entryway to this country I love so much, but once here I went full on with my education as an artist and did a 2 year program in NYU Tisch for Screenwriting and Filmmaking and continued my training at the William Esper Studio. Read more>>

Javier Martínez

We are an upcoming, innovative brand with a modern and unique twist offering exclusive products in luxury goods and accessories. Our aim is to offer a selection of bespoke, handcrafted and limited-edition pieces with a difference. We do not offer mass-produced pieces, only very limited editions. We source our materials from the best craftsmen in Europe and each product is carefully designed by hand. Our items are sold globally to a very high-end, exclusive network and our products are crafted locally in Europe. We are delighted to offer clients the option to customize certain products. Read more>>

Brian Burns

My name is Brian Burns II. I was born and raised in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. My childhood was amazing because my parents always made sure me and my older brother had everything we needed or wanted. My parents did a very good job keeping me sheltered from the madness that was going on in New Orleans around the mid 90’s. I was born in 1994 and New Orleans was one of the most dangerous cities to live in. Even though it was dangerous, it was still home and a beautiful time so we made it work the best way we knew how. Music has always been a part of my life since I was born. My father played the piano, drums, and he could sing as well. He put me on to a lot of the music that I love and listen to today. My early stages of music was being a singer, mostly R&B songs. Read more>>

True Royal

I am from a small country town outside of Atlanta, GA called Baconton, GA. I went to school at Mitchell Baker High School. I’ve always wanted to be in Hollywood. I am a Singer, Dancer, Actress, Comedian, Celebrity Spiritualist/LifeCoach, TV Host and Red Carpet Correspondent. I am a Military Army Veteran. Shouts out to all my battle buddies stationed at Fort Carson and the FSC 1/8th Infantry Unit. My background is Law Enforcement. But my first love besides basketball will always be that as an entertainer. My journey has not been easy as I’ve faced a lot of trauma, hurt, pain and setbacks throughout my life. I came to Hollywood, California in 2016. I moved here from Nashville, TN. At the time, I was working on my music career. My favorite category of music is Country music, that’s what I grew up on, so I’ve always wanted to be a country music singer. Read more>>

Nia Monaé

Nia Monaé is a 23 years old dancer, model, and award-winning artist out of the DMV area. Nia Monaé, a natural-born performer, has been performing since the age of three. Dancing since the age of three, she’s done such disciplines such as tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, and more. She has been creating, recording and mixing her music since the age of 11. She also choreographs and writes all of her music. As far as modeling, Nia has done such as runway and print & has also been accepted into New York Fashion Week. Nia Monaé has been featured in many different dance showcases, modeling shows and appearances in local radio stations such as WKYS 93.9. She was the first, youngest and only female rapper to win a music competition in Baltimore, MD, and has since been making herself known all over the DMV. Nia Monaé is now in the process of working on other different arts. She aspires to become an amazing overall performer and to inspire others who share the same dreams and goals. Read more>>

Christian Name

I’m from Mexico City born and raised. All my life, I worked in the fashion and beauty industry, I have a bachelor’s in textile design and from there I had a clothing brand that I designed and produced all with my business partner. I worked as a stylist, for personal clients and for editorials I’m a make-up artist as well, and also, I worked on coolhunting companies. After some time, I moved to LA to keep expanding my knowledge in fashion but I always wanted to go to acting school, so after a few months I made the choice of jumping in and changing my career path, I started acting school in Stella Adler and I did the full two years program, during the program I started mediating a lot and continued a spiritual path, That’s when I decided I wanted to focus on this deeply so Right after graduating from acting school I started studying transpersonal psychology and mindfulness, and with all my experience in fashion, I created a method to teach and help women achieve a mindful image. Read more>>

Ladders

Born and brought in Mumbai, India, Ladders has been exposed to a variety of cultures and musical styles. Has been a student at Musicians’ Institute, Berklee College of Music, and True School of Music. She started her musical training in Hindustani Classical and now is a songwriter and a western vocalist. Since my mom encouraged me to express myself from a tender age, I found that art was how I processed, channelized, and expressed my emotions. When I was eight, I started Hindustani classical vocal training and harmonium but switched to western vocals and theory and basic keyboard. At. 14, I dove into the world of music theory and I became addicted to understanding artists through their art. Not just artists but people and emotions. Be it Vivaldi, Bach, or Japanese music, I was hooked. Read more>>

Abby Wu

I was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. I came to the US for college where I studied Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. My interests were vague and broad at the time – I was mostly applying for political science & international relations or media & communication during my college applications. I just knew that I’m interested in how the media shape and form identity/opinions, but nothing more specific than that. I decided to embrace all potentials and interests so I took filmmaking and music business as well as philosophy and gender studies classes alongside my major. In my spare time, I DJed Chinese rock music at WNYU radio station, assistant edited and produced a documentary on pornography and sexuality with a professor, made some loose-formed short films. Read more>>

Igor Sanaev

I was born and grew up in very small town called Revda (Sverdlovsk region, Russia). When I was 10-12 years of age, I started showing interest in beauty and fashion. My first way of making money was doing manicures and nail design for my friend’s mom. After school, I was going from house to house while my friends where having fun. That was my way of having fun and first step into independence. Then when I was 14-15, I got a friend who was a hairdresser. He taught me basic cuts and styles and that’s where my journey begins. My first hair school was in Yekaterinburg, Russia. It was amazing. I took a few hairs and makeup classes in Moscow where I found a group of young professionals that were going to go to Vidal Sassoon Academy in London. That had always been a dream of mine so I did everything I could to join them! That Academy gave me so much more knowledge and inspiration. When I traveled to Europe, it made it clear that I did not belong in Russia… In 2012, I decided to take a chance and move to New York. Read more>>

Tucker Rivera

I’ve wanted to be a musician for literally as long as I can remember. I am well aware that that’s an overdrawn cliche, but sadly (I say, turning my chin to the sky in soliloquy) it’s my truth. I started playing guitar in the 4th grade – my parents had read an article that said you could improve your math scores if you knew how to play an instrument. Which is funny because, well, I never really needed help in math class; not to mention, math ended up being my worst subject in school by the time I got to college. I began writing full-on songs when I was in the 7th grade – I wrote my first song about a girl who sat across from me in geography class. I was far too shy to actually let her know I was interested, so I said, “Well shit, I guess I’ll write a song about this.” In my youth, that shy scenario occurred dozens, if not hundreds of times over. So, by the time I got into high school, I knew songwriting was really what I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Rosie

I joined the theatre scene at a very young age. Over the years, I had a growing love for singing and performance – being on stage is in my blood. The summer after I graduated college was a very difficult time for me emotionally. I started writing poetry, and when I showed it to a coworker, who knew I was a singer, he suggested we make an EP. Eight months later, my first project “Cold Summer” dropped, and it was my greatest accomplishment. I poured my soul into those days in and out of the studio. I don’t think many realize that songwriting can be extremely personal and emotional, and recording is not just something you go do and then you’re done. There are many tears, grief, frustration, obstacles you must go through in order to make this art. Read more>>

Jabarri Bradley

I started songwriting in 2009. I’ve been singing since I was a small child. Started off in the church. I’ve been producing since 2017 and engineering since 2018. I started making music with a classmate in high school. We were both in Art class when he stated he had a home studio at his house. We started creating and almost every week we were working on something new. After that, I joined a group in high school and we traveled to multiple cities and performed around South Georgia and Florida. After graduating High School, I moved to Atlanta and started college at the Art of Institute of Atlanta. At that college, I continued to sing and song write different songs till I met a Producer named AaronMac from NYC. We both started working on a project name “B” that never was completed but I’ll let y’all know we are currently working and finishing up that project. Read more>>

Dr. Laura Wilhelm

My interest in world affairs, languages, and literatures began in early childhood when my father slipped me some French textbooks and records and sang me to sleep with French children’s songs. Even then, I knew there was a bigger world out there that I wanted to explore. Now I am a judge, media partner, and board member for the French Riviera Film Festival celebrating short-form content from all over the world. The FRFF runs in conjunction with the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival and also holds events in Beverly Hills, which is a Sister City to Cannes. I just finished judging a very interesting batch of documentary and animation shorts with subject matter ranging from Pakistan to Papua New Guinea. The path to this board appointment has been circuitous, to say the least. I actually majored in Russian and Classics at Reed College and got scholarships and fellowships to pursue a Ph.D. in Russian studies at the University of Kansas after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Reed. Read more>>

Raluca State

From home vacation rental in Italy to Hollywood Glam in USA. My name is Raluca State Founder & Ceo of Hollywood Glam. I am 34 years old, Romanian, living between Italy & USA. Five years ago I came to USA from Italy for a two weeks trip with my girlfriends. And guess what? They went back to Europe and I have stayed. I have met my boyfriend and fell crazy in love. At some point, I had to go back to Italy because my main business back then was Home Vacation Rental, where I was renting my personal home “Villa Castana” to tourists from all over the world. So, for a period of three years of my life, I was traveling back and forth between Italy and USA. Fast forward to 2020, when Covid divided our lives from friends and family, I’ve got stuck in Europe. I have lost the last flight to USA and I couldn’t come back for one year. Read more>>

Ken Sawyer

I was born and raised in Texas. In fact, the small-town kid inside me still gets excited when I find myself collaborating with my heroes like Wicked’s Stephen Schwartz, or Carlotte Caffey of the GoGo’s, or Lily Tomlin and her genius wife Jane Wagner… Friday nights growing up, my parents dropped me off at the sole movie theatre no matter what movie was playing. It was there that I fell in love with the power and magic of storytelling. This led me to The Arts Magnet High School at Booker T Washington in Dallas, Texas, graduating from The Juilliard School in NYC, and finally moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. But I eventually moved into directing and a life behind the scenes. I loved being the guy who could move audiences by guiding actors and designers to be their best most creative selves. Read more>>\

Brandon Ramirez

Finding home has always been a unique struggle for me. Coming up in LA during the 2000’s made it difficult for my family and I to find an actual roof over our heads but there was always something to be grateful for at the end of each day. It’s so fucking hard for me to talk about myself because I don’t perceive of myself as a single “thinking thing” or “doing thing” wrapped up in my own corner. I feel that I myself am the community that raised me – the literal and figurative homes into which I was invited into. I am my beautiful mother who almost died giving birth to me, I am my beautiful father who has poured a whole life of work and wisdom to bring me from elementary school to college. I am the amazing community of friends who walked into my life with open arms and bright eyes – ready to play, create and thrive with me. Read more>>

Aminat Odunbaku

I moved to LA to model and act. Experiencing the industry lead to working behind the scenes where I created an online fashion store and opened a film and photography studio. I took some years off to study hospitality and sales and now I’m back in the game producing and filming content. The new platform I created is called Odunbaku Media. We create food content, documentaries, podcasts and digital questionnaire games. Read more>>

Kiley Lynch

I got started by how I think most people in the industry have, by starting to go to shows and events at a young age. I was always going to raves and live music events almost every weekend. Eventually started dancing, stilt walking and fire performing when I was 18. Working at clubs and smaller scale raves. I worked my first Insomniac event in 2010, the last year it was at the Coliseum as a performer. Started performing at all their events they had while still performing at clubs and smaller events and parties. Made some friends that one of the years for Burningman in 2013 Insomniac Wide Awake Camp needed someone to help cook meals for the build crew. We went out for build week, during that time the crew thought I was a badass and asked me to join Art Operations for Insomniac. Read more>>

Daante Bowman

To start, it goes back to when I was a child, a gay black Christian boy in a small conservative town born with the odds already stacked up against him. I’m from Kentucky a small town called Madisonville and growing up was rough, let’s just say I’ve been through a lot of things most people wouldn’t think. I was deeply broken from childhood trauma to hiding a part of myself and for the longest hating who I was. As a kid, I would cry in the closest praying to god to make me like the rest of the boys. It never worked. I hated how he made me. Gay, Black and with a stutter. I felt alone even though I wasn’t and even though people seemed to like me. I had my first kiss in preschool with a boy playing house and ever since then, I knew I would always be confused. I was fighting my own battles while playing pretend to the world I was okay. I was poorer than the other white kids I went to school with, say so much fighting and arguing between my parent’s dishes throw as well as punches. Read more>>

Maia Liu

All my works are heavily related to exploring and defining femininity. When I was a young kid, I was fascinated with Beauty, anything femininity expressive will grab my attention. Things like makeup products, fashion magazines cover and of course wardrobe. Some of them are very creative. I remember the first time I saw fashion magazines, those visuals blew my mind. My young mind wouldn’t really comprehend what’s really going on with those out-of-ordinary pictures. Those tall skinny women use their bodies to make geometric poses. They have prominent makeup, big accessories, and extravagant clothes. At one point in time, I said to myself “hey, I want to be one of them.” I always remembered when my mom went to work, I would dig out her skirt and high heels to try on to feel her femininity. I used to feel ashamed about it. Read more>>

Michael Brent and Connor Street

We had many conversations throughout the pandemic where we realized that we weren’t being creatively challenged like we had been in the past. We both come from very creative backgrounds and were used to constantly moving from one project to another. This past year and the pandemic really forced us to slow down and take a look at what we wanted to do with our time. We knew that we wanted to move in the direction of being our own bosses and owning our own company, and that’s really where the idea of Alstad & Churchill came to life. We had previously been selling small jewelry pieces to friends but really wanted to grow and have more offerings. We began brainstorming what we wanted to create in a brand and were in an instant agreement that we wanted to create products that allowed people to express themselves and their individuality. Jewelry and fragrance were at the top of our list for products, so we moved forward in creating a home fragrance line. Read more>>

Jorge Serrano

Looking back, I can say that it all started from a terrible haircut I got as a kid from a local barbershop. I remember leaving so upset about them butchering my hair. I asked for a pair of scissors and a clipper set for Christmas and from then on I started cutting my own hair. I was that kid who loved fashion, art, music and everything beauty! I was obsessed with having the perfect hairstyle and outfits. I eventually figured it out and was really good at giving myself haircuts. Soon after, friends and family took notice and wanted me to do their hair. It became a hobby of mine and a way to make quick cash that I spent on the latest fashions. I didn’t think I could make a career out of it so I enrolled at FIDM to study fashion buying and merchandising. It caught my interest for about two semesters until I took a year off to figure out what I was really meant to do. Read more>>

Brent Hendrich

As a kid, I remember using a keyboard and a tape recorder to record song ideas. In my teens, my grandmother gave me my first guitar for Christmas. From there, it progressed into playing at church, school, and with several bands. I’m from a small town in East Tennessee. When my high school band got together enough money for our first EP, it was recorded in a local studio that was in the back of a business that sold Natural Gas fireplaces and supplies. They were running a very early edition of Pro Tools. I was fascinated that we could record our ideas on the computer and then later that day show friends what we had recorded. From there, I was hooked. When it came time for our band to record our second project we decided to do it ourselves at my parent’s house. This was the late 90’s so affordable DAWs weren’t as prevalent as they are today. Read more>>

Altara Michelle

I remember hearing some very wise advice shortly after moving to Los Angeles… Learn to love the journey because it’s a marathon, not a sprint. I think that statement is not only very true but also wonderfully therapeutic for a type A personality like me! As a kid, I acted in plays every summer (for nine years) at a sleep-away camp in upstate NY. My first acting roles included playing Frenchy in Grease and Gaston’s sidekick Lefou in Beauty and the Beast at The Eddie Cantor Theater in Cold Spring, NY… The same camp that Neil Diamond and Jerry Stiller went to as kids. I didn’t perform with the musical theater crew in high school. I was a competitive gymnast and NCA All-American cheerleader who was voted “Most Talkative” by my senior classmates. Read more>>

Mali (aka: Malipop) Hicks

My name is Mali or Malipop. I’m a producer, engineer, singer, and musician based out of Long Beach, CA. I’ve worked at a variety of studios in LA, and I’ve been putting out music for a few years. My most recent single was called “S.D.V.” but I’ve worked on a lot of features and produced for a lot of artists this year. I grew up back and forth between LA and San Diego, and I fell in love with music at a young age. It has saved me from a lot of negative things in life and has filled my soul with joy ever since I was a toddler. I grew up in a family that loved music and dance culture, so the rhythm was always alive. I started out playing instruments in elementary school band and was determined to learn them all. The first exposure to music production was through my uncle, who introduced me to ProTools when I was seven years old. I was always so curious about it and loved how he created and layered each element. Read more>>

Sierra Francis

I started acting in Hollywood at 16 years old. Off the bat, I was taught what is called The Stanislavski Method. Something I knew nothing about but would later become a very important and core aspect of my career. What it means to be a method actor is very unique. You’re not just reading lines and you’re not just pretending to show emotion. To act through this system is to live truthfully through imaginative circumstances. To experience the character’s life as if it was your own. What have I personally gone through to make this feel and ultimately look…real. My first acting lesson I ever had, I imagined a bird in my hands. I wired all of my consciousness to it. I concentrated on every aspect, I felt his heartbeat, I felt his wings shutter and after, I slowly watched him die. I cried and for the first time in my life, was appreciated for it. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t told I was too sensitive. I wasn’t told I needed to get over myself. Read more>>

Eden Dozier

Photography was something I’ve always been interested in, in some capacity. Like most creative outlets, it is its own language and philosophy, and I am a sucker for both. Growing up, I tried [and enjoy/ed] many different creative avenues: dance, acting, drawing, painting, music… but photography was the avenue I’d consistently return to. As a kid, I’d get in trouble for stealing my mom’s Polaroid and using up all of the films. I’d photograph my friend’s punk bands that would practice in my garage as a teen and took photos at every party I attended. In my twenties, I’d have friends model in my yard with a flower in their hair or holding some sort of foliage for some reason. But for the most part, I kept putting a pin in photography and allowed distractions to steal my attention — some work, some romantic. Read more>>

Quantrell Hoover

I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN with my mom and four siblings (brothers). My mother was mostly a single parent and worked very hard to provide for her five boys, I was the middle child. Fast forward to middle school, I already knew what I wanted to do in life. I wanted to be an architect because I’ve experienced homelessness three times in my lifetime. once with my father and twice with my mother. Embarrassing as it felt for me, I fought endless battles of despair while feeling unsure of myself because of my living situation(s). At the time, I dreamed of becoming an architect to aid in addressing homelessness. However, I started taking drawing more seriously in the 7th grade and realized my true potential to study character design. I was really interested in Japanese artwork at the time, so I started watching anime. Naruto was the first anime show I’ve watched, and it taught me many lessons throughout life. Read more>>

Siecuna Yeboah and Andrea Valenzuela

My relationship with The Vagina Monologues started in college. I went to California State University, Monterey Bay. My first year in college, I was casted in the play. It was a struggle at first because my relationship with myself and sex had not always been positive at the time. These monologues are deep, the stories are real, and it focuses you to truly look into yourself. I was part of TVM every year until I graduated college. My last two years in college, I directed and produced the show. Years later, we’re here! Back to how it all started. Janice Bonello who is performing The Woman Who Loved To Make Vaginas Happy casted me in my first show. Rachel Carter performing In The Room and The Little Coochi Snorcher That Could was the producer my first time directing and Jaya Lynnette who’s in The LittleCoochi Snorcher That Could was a cast member my first year directing. Andrea casted me my second time in the TVM. Now she’s my right hand and we’re killing it! Read more>>

Antinelle Jackson

I am the CEO of Itz Alwayz A Mood Boutique and Hair Co. I’m the eldest of six; my mother passed away in 2019 due to lung disease. I felt like I was left alone in the world. Not only was I a single mother of three but now I’d also gained my siblings as my children. My job wasn’t cutting it. I was working so many doubles so I decided to take a business course. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and the love of art so I decided it was time for me to incorporate my fashion sense into a clothing business as well as making wigs oh but not just any wigs the best of the best. I make rainbow wigs and wigs bold with color things people wouldn’t dare try. I don’t like the old boring stuff! My favorite to make are the long curly wigs. I literally design the wigs out on feelings and emotions and people just have loved them! They are a real hit with the crowd! Read more>>

Jessica Schmidt

I moved to LA from Indiana in 2004 just after college. I wanted to move to a more diverse city and I happened to have some good friends pursuing their music careers in Los Angeles, so naturally, where there is community there is greatness. I began working at the very hot spot, 101 Coffee Shop. The only position available was a “key holder” position, meaning I would serve and also manage on my shifts. I had worked in restaurants to put myself through college, so I felt comfortable in a pseudo leadership role and the 101 quickly became my home. I’ve never felt so “famous” as I did those years there. I was known for a while as “the nice girl” who worked at the 1010. It opened so many doors for me. The mid 2000’s were an exceptionally interesting time in Food and Beverage, craft cocktails were reborn, farm to table was a new trend and “casual fine dining” came into spotlight. Read more>>

Dan Shaked

I grew up outside of Boston to Israeli parents. I graduated from NYU Tisch with a BFA in Drama. I studied at Lee Strasberg Film/Theatre Institute as well as at the Royal Academy Dramatic Arts in London. After a few years of pounding the pavement in NYC doing indie films, theater, and my first TV guest star on ABC’s Body Of Proof, I landed a role in the Shonda Rimes ABC Pilot Gilded Lilys which had me filming in Boston and LA on the Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, CA. Filming on the Queen Mary was like a dream. We both lived on the ship and filmed on it. The experience of filming the Shonda Rimes pilot lit a fire under me and inspired me to shake things up and try living in LA. Even though the pilot didn’t get picked up, the curiosity and itch to throw myself into a new situation and live somewhere new was greater. The vastness of Los Angeles and not knowing many people quickly forced me reach out to as many people and organizations as I could to create a sense of belonging. Read more>>

Guy “G-Swift” Rutembesa

I’m originally from Kigali, Rwanda and growing up, I was always intrigued with anything that had to do with words, music and expression. So since I could remember, I’d already set my mind on going somewhere I could truly explore that urge because at the time that I was growing up, there wasn’t that many outlets or programs for me to do so in my hometown, which by the way is currently a very beautiful and thriving place to visit and connect with, and LA seemed like that very place so after finishing high school I went about planning to move here to pursue just that and I eventually did a year later and started my LA journey. Read more>>

Prisma Pantoja

I moved to LA back in 2015. I had never even stepped a foot on Cali soil before that so it was definitely a bit of a culture shock. I’ve always been from really small towns and I knew as a little kid that I belonged somewhere bigger. City lights always fascinated me and I’ve always had a thing for the beach. During college, I met some people who I’m super thankful for, they made the move to LA as smooth as it could have ever been. After graduation, I took a leap of faith and that’s how I ended up here chasing dreams. Read more>>

Henry Kemp

Growing up, I moved around a lot living in 8 different states and even though each state was different one thing always stayed the same. That was segregation through different groups of people whether that be ethnicity, religion, beliefs, etc. I never understood why others hated one another based on their background and wanted to make a difference. Fashion has always been one thing I loved growing up but my family was too poor to ever get me the clothing I wanted so in 2018, I decided to create a brand called Hippie Culture. A brand dedicated to bringing people from all different types of backgrounds together as one to help create a better world for all. I started this brand in Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved here to LA in 2021 to expand the brand and my knowledge of fashion. Read more>>

Risto “R Muzik” Miettinen

It all started in a galaxy far, far away, in the country of Finland, where I was born. After seeing a certain science fiction picture called Star Wars as a child (Episode IV was the first one made), I was mesmerized by the world – the planets, aliens, starships, lightsabers, etc. It made me wonder how could I be a part of that world? Once my parents told me it was make-believe, I was disappointed. They did explain it is made in a place called Hollywood. I tucked that piece of information behind my ear. Living in Finland in the 90s and 80s, Hollywood seemed like it was a galaxy far, far away. As I got older, I remained a big fan of the movies. And the music started to creep in more and more. First in the form of Run DMC’s Tougher Than Leather album, then Nirvana entered the picture. Drawn in by the pure energy of the music. Most of it seemed to be coming from the guitar wielded by the blonde singer. Read more>>

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