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 South LA’s gems below.
Ever since I was a child, I loved to dance. I danced around the house, watched music videos, memorized movement, then learned to create my own choreography. Dance was something that always motivated me to be a better student in school because you had to maintain certain grades and behavior in order to participate in performances or competitions and I looked forward to performing. Read more>>
Vanessa ”Nessence” Delgado
I’ve been a creative person since before I can even remember. As a kid, I would always (draw, paint, design and just create things out of nothing) When I started painting in high school my creativity grew and by senior year I was so passionate about it but I always felt I wasn’t as good as I wanted to be. Once high school was over, I became frustrated with my art and was no longer fond of acrylic paint, which I normally used. Read more>>
I’m a film student attending CSULB at the moment. All my life, I had been drawn to the arts. As a child, I wanted to be a photographer, fashion designer, YouTuber, video editor, and actress. I did YouTube videos as a middle schooler and then again my freshman year of high school but ultimately stopped. For the majority of high school and beginning of college, I was very into photography, taking my camera everywhere with me. Read more>>
After realizing my unique storytelling abilities in the sixth grade, I had not only found my passion – I had found my purpose. Excited to entertain my friends on paper, I passed my writings around the school for my peers to enjoy. Even at an early age, I received an overwhelming response from my elementary classmates, giving me the push I needed to pursue my dream wholeheartedly. Read more>>
Silvana Sipion Garcia
I started art at a young age and, at the time, it was a way for me to be in control of something in my life. Creating stories and building characters in a way that suited what I wanted, when the life around me was more chaotic. In high school, I struggled with taking it seriously because I didn’t have much belief in myself as an artist. For all of us, it’s that feeling of inadequacy, especially when you compare yourself to everyone around you. Read more>>