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Pasadena’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of Pasadena’s gems below.

Michael Anetsberger

I’m originally from Munich, Germany, and I’ve been playing drums for 17 years. I had played keyboards for a few years before I started drumming in 2002. I was in several bands when I was a teenager, playing originals and covers in styles such as Rock, Pop, Funk, and Metal. I was really fortunate to have Dorino Goldbrunner as my first teacher. Read more>>

Kimberly Douglas

My dream has always been to get signed to a modeling agency and be on the cover of Wonderland Magazine. When I started seriously looking into building my portfolio I realized I needed to do test shoots with photographers to get some practice in, but then I found out how expensive photographers can get, at the time I was in college. Read more>>

Emerson Lee

My goal for my photography is to make the viewer feel something. If I am on a movie set I want to accurately convey the emotion the scene or film is expressing. When looking at behind the scenes images the feeling of unified chaos should be felt alongside the quiet moment of an actor ready to take on their role. Read more>>

Garrett Daniels

You know, it was obvious from the beginning I was going to be an artist. I started painting when I was 4, and I started drawing when I was 8. I got really rabid about drawing. I must’ve drawn 5 hours a day at least at the time. When it came time for college, I chose School of the Art Institute of Chicago and hauled out there to pursue the dream. Read more>>

Ellen T. Crenshaw

I grew up in South Florida and went to college in Boston, MA, where I began my illustration career. I was part of the local comics scene, in particular, an independent creators’ group called the Boston Comics Roundtable, where I published my comics for the first time in their anthologies. I also co-organized a fan art collective featuring local and national illustrators. Read more>>

Lauren Shelburne

Both photography and music have been parts of my life who have molded me into the person I am today. I began playing the drums at six after watching the female drummer in my dad’s blues cover band and becoming enamored with the idea of rocking out on stage. Music became my life as I picked up the guitar and began to sing along the way. Read more>>

Yunsun Joo

I made a bunch of zines, several motion pieces, children’s books, and illustrations. My works are fun, simple, and honest. My art started my hilarious imaginations. I love fun things. Once I have a humorous idea, I become very passionate to finish them, because I cannot wait to show my works to others to make them laugh. Read more>>

Jehan Izhar

I began my own training in aerial circus arts and pole dancing. This happened completely by accident. I walked past a studio one day and decided to try it out – I fell instantly in love. However, I also recognized that there was a huge need in the aerial and pole community for the kind of professional education of coaches and safe training methodology that my own studies had taught me. Read more>>

Neara Russell

Moving to LA after graduation was an easy decision for me. Many of my closest friends from college moved here after graduation and were a generous welcoming committee. My father was the greatest champion of a west coast move. He suggested that I apply my skills in music technology, synthesis, and vocal harmonies to pursue work in the touring industry. Read more>>

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