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Pasadena Trailblazers

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Pasadena that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Felicia Manning

My greatest piece of advice would be to not wait for others to give you permission to start. Shoot, shoot, shoot. Find a story that is contained with locations you have control of and make a movie or a commercial or a web series. Read more>>

Lindsay Young

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. You have to jump in, try, fail, and learn from those experiences. If you wait for everything to be perfect, you will never get started. Don’t look at failure as a bag thing. Read more>>

Stephanie Watson

The biggest piece of advice is to not get discouraged by how far you have to go. Be ambitious but be patient! As long as you’re progressing in the right direction, you’ll get there. Enjoy the ride along the way. Read more>>

Hayley Gripp

When being an influencer kind of “just happened,” I decided I wanted to do something different than most influencers out there. I didn’t necessarily want to just suggest people buy products. I wanted to use social media as a platform to empower and uplift my followers. Read more>>

Kara Lyne Szabadi

Another couples changes came after some struggles with getting both vendors and guests to regularly attend. After a few slower events, I decided to do the events quarterly. And lastly, as of 2019, we’ve changed locations. Read more>>

Maki Yazawa

I like to call myself a multicultural mutt. I am first-generation American, born and raised in South Florida. My mom is Venezuelan and my dad is Japanese. I always grew up with a great curiosity for food and different cultures. I was the odd kid that would order Japanese fermented soybeans, natto, instead of a slice of pepperoni pizza. Read more>>

Tate Roda-Munar

I graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Graphic Design, but I’ve always been interested in illustration. I took a lot of notes in my sketchbook during critiques, but I’m pretty sure I doodled just as much. Since then, I’ve been spending more time on my illustrations which are done digitally. I like to consider myself a designer by day and illustrator by night. Read more>>

Nairi Petrosian

I knew that in order to make this business successful, I had to relocate to a better location and get more bikes. In the next year, I focused on building our client base and raising capital to later move into the location we are in now. The new studio has two rooms; the cycle room with 35 bikes and the fitness annex where we have other classes such as Pilates, TRX, HIIT, and Yoga. Read more>

Samantha Bernabe

I’ve always loved fashion and have paid attention to trends as long as I can remember. When I started getting compliments from my family, friends and Instagram followers on my personal style, I was inspired to broaden my audience and expand to videos. YouTube was the perfect platform. Read more>>

Margaret Bienert

Music hasn’t always been my main artistic practice, I picked up photography in high school and since then, have loved documenting my life and directing stories. I dropped out of college when I realized most of the work I was interested in didn’t need a degree, and since then, I’ve had a variety of jobs that involve photography. Read more>>

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