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Hollywood’s Thought-Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.  Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Hollywood that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Didier Konings

As a kid I loved dinosaurs and after seeing Jurassic Park, I knew I had to do something in the film industry. I had to find out how they were able to come alive on the big screen so I watched the behind the scenes of Jurassic Park tons of times. Also, Star Wars drove me into Visual Effects. I remember as a kid, I spend hundreds of hours replicating lasers and lightsabers. Read more>>

Kim Emerson

While I do have a background in art history as my undergraduate degree and a master of science in historic preservation of architecture, it was my being a volunteer to build and create mosaics for a little school alongside others in the community of a poor barrio of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico (just south from where I still live) that opened my way to becoming a mosaic artist. Read more>>

Nyiko

I grew up fascinated with hip hop culture in a place where it was essentially non-existent – a little town called Hancock, New Hampshire. At the ripe age of eight, I wrote and recorded my first rap songs at a studio in Jamaica Plain. This little EP may or may not have included a rap acapella cover of Cat Steven’s Morning Has Broken. Read more>>

Scott Turner Schofield

But I had to act like my hair was on fire. So I wrote a one-person show; it was a success, and I wrote two more that I have toured to major venues (like the Carnival Center, the National Theatre of Belgium, and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica) throughout the US and Europe. Read more>>

Peter Gulsvig

My mother was committed to my literacy, and always took the time to read to me and present me with my own books to conquer. My dad loved going to movies, and as soon as I turned 12, I was deemed “old enough” to accompany him to awesome movies like Starship Troopers, Event Horizon, and Kingpin. Seeing such a vast world of stories and content on a regular basis proves valuable even to this day. Read more>>

Septerhed

The 1st four years of my work was without labels. The last 4 formed my Nervous Lines era. Currently, I am working on The 2nd Chamber. It’s the 2nd phase out of three total. For now, it all makes sense to me and I can abandon it at any moment. I’m a true process artist. My work is meant to be disposable. I’m only making it for the here and now, hoping it can help someone else feel less alone. Read more>>

Julie Hovsepian

The entertainment industry was so prevalent growing up here, I ended up spending over a decade as an exec in the music industry – at one of the biggest record labels called Interscope Records. I led marketing for major artists, traveled the world – while working in a space that was such a fine line between work and fun so it typically had no beginning or end. Read more>>

David Trulli

I started creating art on the side using a technique called “scratchboard.” Almost by accident, I showed one of my scratchboards to a gallery and the response was good. Acting on faith, I decided to pursue my individual art. Soon after, I left cinematography altogether. As a cinematographer one always has to deal with restrictions, whether it’s time, money or the setting sun. Read more>>

Dallas Harden

I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker even before my first memory. As a kid, I made movies with a VHS camcorder and I’d use two VCRs to edit them on to one tape. My family or my friends would star in these little films, and if I had nobody, I’d use my wrestling toys. Once I got old enough to understand what was needed to make quality work, I realized I didn’t have an HD camera or a computer good enough to edit the footage. Read more>>

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