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South LA 8.14.2017

Kelsie Lyn

I started doing hair when I was 11 years old and I have loved makeup since FOREVER. When I was 4 I knew I wanted to be a cosmetologist but I didn’t take a straight path there. When I finally did get my license, it was literally my saving grace; like a hope for a new beginning in my life that I committed to whole heartedly. Having an entrepreneur mindset, I knew I had to learn the business aspects of the industry so I worked for high-end salons to learn from the best. I worked under Celebrity Stylist, Dr. Kari Williams for a minute, at Mahogany Revolution in Beverly Hills. Read more>>

Francis, Augustina, and Teresa Rios

Francis: Piano Place Music and Arts Center was founded by late concert pianist Robert Rios, PhD who passed away after a 9 year battle with cancer in June of 2013. Dr. Bob as his students called him had been teaching piano for 48 years, since the age of 16. In the early 1970s, after teaching in higher income communities, he had a calling to go and teach the less fortunate and began teaching at Plaza De La Raza in Lincoln Heights (a non-profit arts and education organization still there to this day). He felt that all should have the opportunity to learn music and took pride giving what he could to the community. Read more>>

Daniel Alarco

When I was 9 years old, I began to play the guitar. The movie “School of Rock” came out, and like every other kid, I was inspired to start a band! I immediately assigned all of my cousins of my huge family as part of our new band, “The Troublemakers.” Musicians, Singers, Clothes Designers, Manager….The whole 9 yards! Some of us even went door to door to ask for donations! Shortly after I bailed on them and played in a rock band with my best friends in middle school. By the time we were in 8th grade, we got to perform during yearbook signing and give away our “autograph” to all of our “fans.” Aka: our graduating class. Read more>>

Kim Sprenger

Videography came into my life at a time when I needed it most. From the day I could walk, my life had consistently been consumed by sports. When I was 18 I moved to California from a small town in Northern Idaho to play soccer at Orange Coast College. Long story short, my soccer career ended after my first season which helped me discover my love for videography. I bought myself a DSLR camera and started creating in Final Cut Pro. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This relates to every struggle and challenge that has crossed my path. This also leads me to where I am today and my current success. My dad was diagnosed with ALS 6 years ago. I was 16 when we learned about his disease and now at the age of 22, I understand that I wouldn’t have started videoing weddings if he hadn’t become sick. Read more>>

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