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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.

Alexa Silvaggio

I became a writer, yoga teacher, and entrepreneur, creating my own organic chocolate company that is to launch this year. Not only did this shift enable my creativity in a more authentic way, but it saved my life. Read more>>

Hena Hong

There were so many different shows with all kinds of worlds and characters to explore, but the one that really sparked my love for animation was Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. As I grew older and started to plan out my future, I decided that I wanted to pursue my dream of working as an artist in an animation studio. Read more>>

Sarah Winters

After the image has been physically captured on digital media or film, the project moves into post-production, where the cinematographer sits back until a phase called “color correction.” At that point, we collaborate with a professional colorist, who finesses the image captured on set; they use digital tools to help the film come closer to that original vision that was dreamed up during pre-production. Read more>>

Jumanah Shaheen

Studying and working as an artist, I’ve found that it was always difficult working with Producers. I’ve found that artist’s typically hated producers and vice versa. As I continue in the path of production, I hope to bridge that gap, as each entity needs the other and when they work well together the productions created are always spectacular. Read more>>


I’m a singer and songwriter as well as aspiring multi-instrumentalist! I grew up playing piano, dabbled in flute as a teen (though that didn’t stick and I’ve since returned to keys to compose on primarily). Last year, I bought myself a violin bass (same one as Paul McCartney!) and have been teaching myself, as well as taking lessons with friends. Read more>>

Marquis Howell

Having never auditioned before I thought it’d be interesting. Seven years later I’m still a musician there. That Disney job, coupled with my chance romance with an amazing Lucha Va Voom wrestling twin, enabled me to move to LA. Closer to my son, most of my gigs, and that twin, who became my second wife. Read more>>

Rachel O’Donnell

My best friend, and fellow artist who I moved here with, Kristen Liu-Wong, said that LA is my brain actualized as a real space. It’s glamorous and dreamy with a seedy and nightmarish quality lurking just behind the neon lights. Moving here has signaled a large shift in my work and made me far more prolific in my art making. Read more>>

Aaron Guy Leroux

I don’t have any real interest in what people take away from my work. Once I send a photo into the world, it has its own journey that I don’t get to be a part of. Anything I may do to shape people’s opinions about my work is probably happening in-camera. Beyond that, there is no benefit to spending my time and energy trying to be understood by strangers. Read more>>

Kristen Lundberg

I perform to show that the things that make you different are worth holding on to. I carry myself as a leader in my field in hopes that people who follow me will believe in the power of their individualism. If my act were a genre of music, I would consider it punk rock because I want to burn the current stand up comedy system down to the ground. Read more>>

Andy Thompson

There are so many amazing activities and experiences this world has to offer, and I can’t sit by and just admire everyone else living out these experiences. I have to feel them for myself. I am a creature of the sun, and I thrive in new experiences. The scarier, the better. I have a bit of a “counter phobia” to where I chase the fears that I have in attempts to overcome them. So far so good. Read more>>

Angel Miranda Jr.

I would start a daily photo challenge using my resources (iPhone) and would make it all the way to photo 74 without missing a day. At this point, I would realize how comfortable I was with manually editing pictures and was soon downloading every photography app I could find. Read more>>

Rachel Rosenbaum

I attended school at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, CA where I was fortunate enough to become more skilled and knowledgeable about my craft. Cooking is definitely my greatest passion. I find something incredibly intimate and magical about cooking meals for people. Read more>>

Daniel Gomez Bagby

After working on a handful of short films, web series, music videos, etc. my buddy Rafa and I wrote a short film and decided to give this whole “filmmaker” business a shot. I managed to convince a small group of people I had met on previous jobs to come out on a Saturday and help me shoot the film. Read more>>

Carlos Medina

This is when I knew I could do filmmaking for a living. I studied film at the University of Texas at Austin where I did an internship program in Los Angeles. After graduation, I put what I could fit in my car and with the little money I had and headed to the City of Angels. Read more>>

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