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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.

Mikhail Saburov

I was born in an industrial provincial city in Russia. My father, a son of factory workers, made his way from a police detective to a vice-president of a large company through one of the most unstable and criminal times in Russian history. No wonder he’s always been an adventurer. A trait he passed on to me. From a young age, I would travel the world – Asia, Africa, Middle-East, Europe. Every year I would look forward to leaving my home and exploring a different place, a different culture. Read more>>

Claire Stanton

I grew up doing a lot of sports, but once I went to high school, everything sort of flipped. Instead of doing sports, I got completely involved with the performing arts: marching band, theater, and show choir. I was pretty dedicated. Around that time, a family member got me a camera, and I thought I should start to use it to express myself. I started a YouTube channel where I would vlog, do internet challenges, and make little movies. Read more>>

Katie Liz Robbins

I’m a Los Angeles-based actor and comedian who *drumroll* was raised in LA. I didn’t start off as a child actor, more so started off by being annoying in class and pulling focus at family dinners. Laughter and making people laugh drive me and ever since I was young, I attempted to do this with my friends and family. When I was a child, I used what few brain cells I had to memorize SpongeBob episodes and act them out for my family. I know, I know…poor family. Read more>>

Marilyn Moser

Music goes way back for me. My grandfather was a jazz musician in the 1950’s, and my dad and uncle performed around Harvard Square in Boston during the early 1980s. Even today, my mom still plays the banjo! Every house or apartment I’ve ever lived in has had at least one room dedicated to music, with a keyboard, guitar and even my saxophone (good ol’ high school band days). It wasn’t until college that I understood how much of an impact my upbringing would have on my career. Read more>>

Kevin Osorio

I went to college for mechanical engineering like my parents had always wanted me to. They were so proud of me for following their dreams. That first year, I flunked out. I had to face the fact that I sucked at math and it made me feel really bad about myself. Since I had always hated school, this was my tipping point. The whole experience destroyed my self-esteem, and I felt like I would never be successful since engineering was the only thing I had seen myself doing. Read more>>

Steph Martinez

I’ve known I wanted to act since first grade when I got cast as a background turkey in the Thanksgiving play. My mom made my costume out of paper bags and feathers and I hammed it up! In Arizona, I studied theatre in high school and college and then moved to Los Angeles the second I graduated. Here in LA, I am a working actor and I co-run an all-female production company called Hey Lady Films. Read more>>

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