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Thought-Provokers from the Valley

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around the Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Carlos Dupouy

I found an industry where I was needed, and valued after spending three years of my college career under financial hardship. I was always singled out by my class mates, and I couldn’t figure out why until way after graduation. I was moved by different things and my priorities were always different. Read more>>

Danny Royce

Playing different characters that challenge and interests me is a treasure like no other. Acting has given me the opportunity to host as well. I’ve been through a lot of tragedy and emotional trauma growing up that I feel can help others. Read more>>

Osmar Okuma

My time while studying was non-stop music playing and its where I got most of my professional level experience. I was able to play music in various settings, genres, venues…etc. With great musicians some of which I still admire and still look up to today. The variety, amount and quality in the work I was involved in was a valuable and humbling lesson for me. Read more>>

Andrew Leggett

I bought a new camera and decided I wanted to try street photography. I have always enjoyed seeing a single picture and coming up with my own story of who that person is. For me, it all started with a single image I took at the Santa Monica Pier. Read more>>

Suzanne Edmonson

My art and expertise led me into a career in advertising as an Art Director. During my career, I never stopped painting. I now devote all of my time to my art in painting, creating, drawing, etc. My paintings are in private collections through sales & commission; and is in various shows, occasionally winning recognition and awards. Read more>>

Kayla Ward

I lived and breathed basketball. Whenever I wasn’t thinking about or playing basketball, reality would hit, and I would be depressed again. That is when I developed an interest in acting. I knew who I was, but since I couldn’t be her, I decided I would do my best to convince everyone that I was the guy they would see when they looked at me. Read more>>

Perla Maarek

I am a French fashion photographer from Paris, ten years career overseas, and I am based in LA since almost three years. I started I was in my twenties, so pretty young and I can’t complain about the success I had in Paris and how fast it happened. Read more>>

Kevin Zambrano

Performing arts has always been of great interest to me. I began my journey at age 8 in a musical theatre summer camp called “Showcamp.” This entry to the stage made me realize how crucial performing was to my life. Read more>>

Bryan Jerden

Post production audio afforded me a lot of possibilities in life. It gave me and my wife stability, it allowed me to be created everyday of my life and it gave me the ability to seek other creative hobbies without the pressure of trying to pay the bills with them. Read more>>

Emily Wright

“Starting fresh” in a way, was extremely difficult, and yet has been one of the best choices! At the moment, I work every weekend running my bridal hair and makeup company and spend the week working production. I love my job! I get to be around new people and new places every day. Read more>>


The first song I wrote was a rise to a challenge; my sister dared us to lock away in our rooms until we each wrote a song – we came out victorious and it’s a reminder that music inspires fearlessness. Whether pushing norms or getting my heart broken, my music is meant to show that there’s power and passion in every aspect; wins and losses. Read more>>

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