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The Valley_11.12.16

Craig Cockerill

Los Angeles conjures images of sun, clear blue skies, beaches and palm trees. It’s also an energetic metropolis that attracts unconventional thinkers and is home to many of the world’s top visual artists. Born and raised here, I was exposed to the arts and the business of art through my father’s graphic design business where I spent a lot of time as a teenager. After graduating with an MPTV degree from UCLA I pursued work in film and photography and never looked back. I enjoy working with clients, collaborating, storytelling and creating and am always looking for something new and different to try. Read More>>

Emily Winfield

Growing up in rural Indiana, I had wanted to be a designer in the fashion industry since I was a little girl. Every waking moment in school was working towards that goal. Always sketching, plastering my room in editorials from not only fashion publications but surf-wear too! I very specifically wanted to work for Roxy / Quiksilver one day. Yes. An Indiana girl, surrounded by “amber waves of grain”, which, sadly, cannot be surfed. There was something about the person they depicted in their brand – natural, confident, glowing, fierce, and determined – that I felt was missing in high-end visions. I had to be a part of it. Read More>>

Amber Voiles

I began my yoga journey 20 years ago in Austin, Texas with Mehtab Benton. There were about half a dozen of us in a 200-hour Kundalini training being held at his home before he and his wife, Guru Karam, opened multiple Yoga Yoga locations across the area. I went on to study multiple movement therapies such as the Alexander Technique, Laban, Feldenkrais, LeCoq, Skinner Releasing Technique, and then became a Certified Massage Therapist. After moving to Los Angeles I became an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and an Advanced Relax & Renew™ Trainer and ultimately found my passion in teaching people Conscious Relaxation from an Ayurvedic perspective. Read More>>

Matthew Zikry

10 years ago I learned that you can professionally draw & paint for a living… the rest is history. I began my career working as a freelancer on small gigs here and there; magazine covers, art for online card games, a couple of tv shows as well as commercials & games. It all began with a passion for games and wanting to contribute to something that was a big part of my childhood. I began drawing just like many others out there, drawing stick figures. I never took drawing serious until my senior year of high school, when I was around 17 years old. After many years of practice & dedication, I can now finally add a little more detail to my stick figures. It all began with a passion and has now landed as a career. Read More>>

Oscar Rosales

It all started in the fall of 2011, I was 28 years old and I wanted to create something fun and memorable before I turned 30! After browsing through different art blogs online, I noticed that a lot of artists were creating custom hand-painted shoes. So I thought I would give it a try myself! Read More>>

David Fremont

I started my animation career in SF at Colossal Pictures as a production artist for various projects including MTV’s Liquid Television. I went on to become a designer and creator on projects such as Germtown for Cartoon and Zoog Disney, both at Colossal. I later worked for a company called Wildbrain where I created one of the first online cartoons called Glue. I later moved to Los Angeles where I created an animated pilot for Nickelodeon called Kung Fu Spy Troll. Most recently I created Public Pool, an animated online kid’s series for Dreamworks TV. Read More>>

Ruth Baraz

After being raised in Israel, my family and I moved to Washington State when I was 12 years old. 2 years later, I was watching DreamWorks’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ when I suddenly realized that I wanted to work in animation! In 2014 I was accepted to the famous CalArts Character Animation program, and since then I’ve been having the most challenging (and fun!) time making films and artworks in school! Read More>>

Zachary Tristen

I was born in raised in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where I was training to become a professional ballet dancer. I was attending an arts school and needed an additional art credit. There was a choice between pottery and photography, and I remember honestly feeling indifferent. My counselor encouraged me to choose photography. She was someone that I respected, so I took her advice and signed up. This class ended up being my favorite class! Yes – even more than my dance classes. Read More>>

Ting-Chun (Kate) Lin

I am a young film editor who’s extremely passionate about my job, especially the projects that bring social awareness to the community. Been born and raised in Taiwan, I know how privileged we are in the states to embrace the diversity. So, as a young blood who identified herself as Asian and queer, I not only am excited but also feel obligated to bring the community as many great films as possible, that could somehow impact the society we live in right now. Read More>>

Charmaine Cruz

I can describe my career in arts and media as a journey of soft knocks. I ended up in the hallway many times unsure of which door to open but instinct would lead me to knock softly on one and it would open. Read More>>

Olivia Kowalczyk

Growing up I was heavily involved in the arts. My parents enrolled me in adult painting classes in second grade and I naturally grasped how to apply paint to the canvas. I started out with landscapes, learning perspective, light, and texture. As I grew older I broke away from traditional art and started to develop my own style. During this time I immersed myself deep into the skate scene and became obsessed with skateboard companies and their logos. I would recreate their logos and come up with my own. When I entered high school that’s when I knew what I wanted to do. Read More>>

Madison Kennedy

I was born in Paris, France. I moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to pursue my studies. Meanwhile, I was attending classes, I was also running a blog to share my work with my fans & reach new people; my follower’s count grew and I decided to be more active online, on social medias and other photography related websites. I got out of school before the summer, and now I’m a freelance travel photographer who does portraits occasionally. Read More>>

Matthew Bianchi

Growing up I was always involved in three major things- music, video games, and football. Being a musician taught me a great about being disciplined, a team player, and a leader while the other two things were really just hobbies at the time. Later in life around high school I had devoted most of my time to music, really honing my skills as an alto saxophone player but at some point I realized that it was no longer my dream. I had been watching my father develop and create a startup business which was very exciting to me. Gradually I became very interested in business and entrepreneurship and decided it would be my focus of study when I went to college. Read More>>

Taniah Young


I am originally from the east coast (Philly). Spent my informative years in Korea and Thailand. While in Thailand at the age of 10, I was involved in a lot of after-school arts programs. After the regular school hours, I walked over to the annex and took art classes a few times a week. LOVED it. I felt like I was in high school/a grown up. lol. Read More>>

Leonardo Canneto & Desiree Daniels

Leonardo Canneto worked in various NYC advertising agencies as creative director and all around print designer thru the 90’s. As the “web” became more dominant he made the switch to web design and started Materialdsign in 1999. He then made the move to Los Angeles in 2002 and has been crafting elegant websites ever since. Read More>>

Emily Fiora Parks

I became interested in makeup effects when I discovered and watched all the Evil Dead movies for the first time. I started out by taking a stage makeup course at a local community college. From the class, my teacher helped get me in touch with a local special effects artist named Devon who was working on independent films and a lot of his own personal projects, some of which were really amazing. He helped introduce me to the work it entailed and I got a better understanding of how to make prosthetics, do life castings and things like that. Read More>>

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