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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.

Ciro Apicella

I grew up in a small beautiful town on the sea, not far away from Naples. Endless summers and cold winters. My identity is rooted in that culture. My small group of friends shaped my personality, humor… it’s where I learned how to stay alive and what I wanted from life. Read more>>

Kurtis Dallon

Born in the Northwest, I spent my childhood taking in the beauty of the Cascade mountains, and dramatic coastal landscape. I was always very interested in the beauty nature played out, and feel very influenced by the dramatic vistas I grew up with. Read more>>

Alec Hunstad

I’ve had an interest in science, biology, and anatomy for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been creating art ever since I developed that interest. I started out drawing insects, arachnids, reptiles, and dinosaurs. I also started playing video games and watching horror/sci-fi movies. Read more>>

Ruby Vo

Throughout high school, I was planning on going to college to pursue a career in nursing. A year into college, I wasn’t happy and was having a hard time staying motivated. I was talking to my brother one day and he knew I wasn’t enjoying school and that nursing wasn’t what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Filippo Cimatti

We do all have unique stories, but we’re also a lot more similar to each other than we’d like to think. I believe we could be happier beings if we felt more like we’re in this together. Constantly thinking we’re special and unique could lead to feeling entitled, which is a horrible way of being and wrecks havoc. Read more>>

Joe DeSoto

I started acting in Middle School. My first play was the all-too-bloody-for-eighth-grade Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I fell in love with performing and continued drama classes through high school and into college. I attended USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. Read more>>

Dani Brooks and Catherine “Povs” Povinelli

Dani and Povs met in 2003 while Povs was in college and Dani was visiting her cousin, Meredith — who happened to be Povs’ roomate! Fast forward to 2015 at Meredith’s wedding, WHICH NEITHER OF THEM WERE A MAID OF HONOR IN BUT THEY DIGRESS. Read more>>

Morgan McClanahan

I’ve always had an interest in both photography and animals but didn’t find my passion for wildlife photography until I started exploring Colorado in 2014. This is when I realized how much I loved hiking and the mountains. The more I hiked, the more I saw wildlife and was able to track them and observe their behaviors. Read more>>

Ruben Hornillo

I’m a Spanish-Cuban filmmaker and content creator born in Seville, Spain and raised in the Catalan-speaking region of Valencia. Based in Los Angeles since 2010, my most recent works include Facebook Watch’s The Real World: Atlanta, El Mundo Real: Mexico, and the documentary Spanish Exile. Read more>>

Jeffery Ng and Jëff Yoika

I was classically trained with the piano when I four, my parents had been very supportive of my passion for music. Unfortunately, I had been a very naughty child who skipped the majority of my classical training class and fell in love with all kinds of genre except classical music. Read more>>

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