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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.

Jax Ball and Harim Sanchez

We met at the Hollywood Fringe Festival a few years ago and have been working together ever since. We noticed that we share a lot of the same beliefs: ideas of what a story looked like, how certain stories should be approached, how self-aware a piece is (very important!). Read more>>

China Williams

This journey has been a long time coming but, I can’t complain. This process has been beautiful, and it has developed me and my brand into something unique. I realized at a very young age that the typical sit-down 9 to 5 job was not what I want for myself. Read more>>

David Uzzardi

I’ve been shooting photos for as long as I can remember but got serious about photography in high school. I went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City after high school, but most of my education happened outside of the traditional classroom. I took multiple cross country trips, where I shot some of my favorite work to date. Read more>>

Linda Borini

Originally from Italy, I came out dancing. Dance has been the focus of my life experience since day one, and this will never change. After years touring all over Europe as a ballet dancer, life brought me to LA, where, after a fairly successful stunt at acting, I found myself seeking escape from the screen. Read more>>

Ferid Hasbun

I kicked off my artistic career back in 2011 while living in Zurich, Switzerland (I was born and raised in Colombia, but moved to Zurich when I was 13). I traded my old job as Administration Manager for the opportunity of an internship as a Videographer and Camera Operator for a music and social media focused TV station. Read more>>

Steve Kechichian

I started back in 2014 I was 24 years old when I passed my real estate license and wanted to get in the business because I wanted to be a Commercial Real Estate investor so I figured if I knew how the inside machine works it will help me connect with realtors. Read more>>

Sue Keh Bennett and Isaias Del Angel

I was an unconventional baby, born a month late and I developed extremely early. By the time I was eight months old, I was fully walking and talking and when I was two my parents immigrated from Korea to the United States. They left everything and everyone they knew to start a new life. Read more>>

Dr. Dean Tanglao

I was a “fatter” kid growing up. In high school, I had a body fat percentage nearing 50%. It wasn’t until college that I began to take fitness more seriously. In spite of my initial motivation, however, I would only go to the gym maybe 2x a week at most mainly due to fear and simply not knowing how to achieve my goals. Read more>>

Josh Fisher

I’m from Los Angeles and Alaska–two environmental polar opposites. I think all that back and forth got me interested in remote observation of the environment. I went to UC Berkeley for college and majored in Environmental Sciences. Read more>>

Steven Bonus

My name is Steven Michael Mathew Quinio Bonus and I am 22 years old. I currently live in Alhambra, California, located about 15 minutes from LA. I was born in the Phillippines but moved to the US at eight years old to live with my mom (although I had taken vacations here. Read more>>

Katya Alexander

I’ve been writing short stories and plays since I was old enough to pick up a pencil. My parents bought me my first camera when I was seven. It was one of those cameras that recorded directly to the television. That’s when I knew that filmmaking was going to be my path. Read more>>

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