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Trailblazers in East LA

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazersseries, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around East LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Fiona Silver

I started working in Nightclubs at a very young (under)age. I always loved music, and was inspired by my older brother who played guitar, to pick up guitar as well. I was always a writer so the songwriting came more naturally to me. Read more>

Tiff Randol

I’m a musician, performer, writer, producer and visual artist. Having moved full time to LA in 2010, I’m originally from New York, which is where I began my music career in 2005 with my first band Valeze. We got our start throwing wild parties called “CIRCUS” that became a huge scene in NY with local bands. Read more>>

Sarah Tilghman

Music has always been a big part of my life. As a child, I was singing around the house. I remember in kindergarten having to draw a picture of something we wanted to be when we would grow up. My picture was a stick figure of a girl in a dress. Read more>>

Mela Laval

I am a French photographer living in Los Angeles, I have travelled a lot since my youngest age, I grew up between France and Brazzaville in Africa, my mother was an artist, my summer was spent on the roads of Europe and I think that is what gives me that taste of the adventure that dominates my life today. Read more>>

Cory Sargeant

Despite studying Art History in college and loving it, I always knew I would have a career in communications as it was in my blood- my family all have a job in this field. I began my career working at art galleries doing marketing and then fell into a fashion PR internship while still in school. Read more>>

Laura Jones

I’m originally from Nashville, TN, and I’ve been in Los Angeles for the past 13 years, and call me crazy, but I still love it! However, I have to travel often to balance out the insanity here! I moved to LA to attend FIDM, and gratefully I got a job in my field right after graduation in 2009. Read more>>

Dawn Allison

I was one of those kids who noticed the details. Growing up in an unpredictable environment, it was helpful to observe behaviors and patterns in the adults around me. By observing them, I could shift my energy appropriately, making myself smaller–not be noticed when necessary–to stay safe. Read more>>

Melissa Baltierra

I was blessed enough to be able to go to a public art school which allowed me to attend a media-tech class as one of my electives from 6th to 8th grade. This class opened the door to filmmaking for me but it wasn’t until high school that I fell in love with film. Read more>>

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