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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.

Benjamin Abiola

I am an Actor and Writer from Arlington, Texas who moved to L.A. in 2016 to pursue an acting career. I am currently a professional motion capture actor and voice actor for Ryot Studios. While pursuing my dreams I encountered many other actors and creatives on a similar journey as me. Read more>>

Ryan Costanza

My story started in New York working in my family’s Pizza Restaurants and cooking around my Italian grandmother as a child. By her side make pasta, meatballs, seafood, and all of the Sicilian style dishes that she was known for. It wasn’t until college and wanting to be an interior architect that I fell in love with fine dining. Read more>>

Paul Jairus

It all started back in Arlington, Texas in 2013 I made the decision to pursue a career in stand up comedy. Cause if you was to ask me? I’m really funny that’s if your asking. I really didn’t even know how to even start one. So I googled who to be a comedian and it gave me a list of open mics in the city of Dallas. Read more>>

Nancy Sevilla

I was studying Animation and VFX in Chicago at the time I started my blog and wanted a creative outlet to showcase my stylish outfits and my take on with unique city fashion. With the influence of my friends and my blogger inspiration idols, Song of Style and Dulce Candy; I decided to create a blog in 2012. Read more>

Tiara Monique Edwards

Music has always been a big part of my life since before I could even walk. Originally I’m from Moreno Valley California and there is where I learned the power of music. I started playing the drums when I was five years old so rhythm comes naturally. Eventually, I worked up the courage to play for my church around the age of 10. Read more>>

Omer Avarkan

It’s been a colorful and challenging journey so far. I was born in Geneva, Switzerland to a Brazilian mom and a Turkish dad. It was a culturally diverse environment in the house to start with. We traveled quite a bit moving through Brazil, Italy, Switzerland and eventually settling in Istanbul, Turkey when I was about five years old. Read more>>

Lenny Hernandez

What’s crazy is that I would have never guessed that I would be producing/co-hosting a radio show especially one with over 10 million subscribers at DASH RADIO. It was something that I kind of just stumbled in to. I moved out to Los Angeles like so many to pursue the dream as an actor. It’s something that I have wanted to do since I was ten years old. Read more>>

Edurne Salas

I married a cinematographer and every trip I made to visit him, I would want to get that perfect photo, something to remember the moment by…but I wasn’t able to get what I had in mind and the pictures that I was taking were horrible… so I decided to take a semester of photography at the SMC just to learn the basics of photography, but as time went on I felt in love with the photography program. Read more>>

Blythe Baines

I grew up listening to classic rock musicians like Tom Petty, The Beatles, Radiohead, and Nirvana, which contributed to my sound- some people describe it as “dark” and “mystical.” Despite my long journey in deciding to go full time into music, I’ve managed to gain over one million streams on Spotify since my first release in 2017. Read more>>

Jeremi Davis-Wright

I was studying communications. While visiting a friend, I saw a beautiful Pentax k-x sitting on a bookshelf collecting dust (at the time, that was top of the line). I picked it up, turned it on and started acting like a world-renowned photographer (there was no SD card). At that same moment, my friend’s mom walked into the living room, saw me and said “You like that? I bought that thing almost a year ago and never used, I feel bad because it’s a great camera. Read more>>

Rosie Ruiz

After sifting through her grandfather’s bar and finding that bartending and entertaining were in her blood, native Angeleno Rosie Ruiz started her career as a mixologist at Los Feliz’s very own Big Bar @ Alcove Cafe. There, she worked with and was mentored by some of the industry’s top professionals. She competed and participated in numerous industry events and has toured the country, discovering new and exciting cocktail programs. Read more>>

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