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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.

Gil Yusupov

My artist’s name is GiL-SP. I am a rapper from the West Bank of Israel. Five years ago I moved to L.A. Like everybody, I had to go through a lot of bullshit producers and fake people that “want to help” until I decided to go to M.I. Read more>> 

Nathan Zielke

I was born in DR Congo and lived there for about four years and moved to the United States after my parents died. I was adopted by my aunt and uncle and from day one, I was drawing on walls and anything I could get my hands on. Read more>>

Ana Herda

My parents are Woodstock-era hippies, My mother is an artist and my father is a ship’s captain. I grew up half in the Florida Keys and half in Seattle, WA. In college, I met my husband and his job moved us around the country a lot which made me unemployable. Read more>>

Korbin Bielski

I have always been an artist painting, drawing, and photography. I went to film school to follow my other artistic passion, but upon graduation and moving to L.A. I discovered that my life long passion for photography was going to be my career of choice. Read more>>

Khalia Taylor

I was born in Brooklyn, NY but raised in Boston, MA. I’m 27 years old (a Leo, lol). I enjoy most things fashion, styling, creating. But I also enjoy directing, not movies or anything, but fashion films and music videos. Read more>>

Pettros

I was a Freshman in College at Anna Maria College in western Mass studying Fire Science. My first year at school, I got kicked out for smoking weed, I never ended up telling my parents.  Read more>>

Caspar Madaus-Brueck

Music has always been the most consistent thing in my life. I moved a lot when I was young and left home when I was 15 years old. Life was constantly changing also within my family at some point but music stayed and seeing my father perform. Read more>>

Steven Lamar Moore

I grew up in the church and was active in the church choir. Music was always playing in our household. I was mentored by the piano player at my church. My love for music grew from there. Read more>>

Yaqi Tao

When I was in my mom’s belly, my psychic grandma said I was a boy. Even after I was born, she insisted that I changed to a girl at the last minute. It’s interesting that I chose to be a girl in this life. Read more>>

Pearson Sweeney

Growing up, I was always interested in art and drawing. I was really into comics and thought it would be cool to grow up and become a comic book artist, but I never quite thought I would get there. Read more>>

Tray Haggerty

I am Latravian Rashun Haggerty, professionally known as Tray Haggerty. An artist, singer, and songwriter who believes that faith, patience, and perseverance are the true keys to success. Read more>>

Madeleine Eve Ignon

I was born and raised in LA, the youngest of four. I wanted to be an artist from an early age, and I’m grateful that my family unconditionally supported my efforts to actualize that vision. Read more>>

Josh Webber

After making a full recovery, I decided to use the money from the accident to self produce and fund my first feature film “Azienda”. From that point forward, I have produced & directed over 8 feature films and endless commercial work content thus far. Read more>>

Dominic Rios

I started on piano at age six. My mother was a piano teacher. At age ten, I decided to choose drums as my life’s work. I wouldn’t say I have much talent but I live my life by the motto; 1% talent 99% sweat. Read more>>

Jennifer Zahlit and Larkin Bell

We are both avid podcast listeners, and when we made our first twenty-minute short film together (Jennifer directed, Larkin produced/acted in it) we turned to podcasts to learn more about the filmmaking process. Read more>>

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