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The Valley 05.22.2018

Kelsy Karter

Hello, I’m Kelsy Karter. Soul singer originally from New Zealand. When I was about 4 I saw Edward scissorhands and told my parents I wanted to be a performer. They were jazz musicians so I was bought up listening to and learning incredible music. Read more>>

Terri Hardin (Jackson)

I was a little mixed kid, half Black, half white. My white mother and Black father fell in love at the same time Rosa Parks was fighting for her seat on that famous bus. My mother says that when she saw my father she forgot her own name. He was that captivating. Read more>>

Angie Rupert

It’s been a long journey to get here, but it has all been worth it! After graduating from Loyola Law School, I worked as a plaintiff’s mass torts firm. We were doing great work for our clients, but it really wasn’t for me. Read more>>

Christina Herman, Grigor Kharbertyan

Our founder Grigor began developing these bars a few years ago after his doctor told him he was pre-diabetic. It started with his search for a sweet treat that was also healthy and wouldn’t cause a spike in his blood sugar. Read more>>

Brittney Bertier

I started my acting career in New York City. Post college, I was bright eyed, bouncy, and ate up every opportunity that crazy maze had to offer. Shortly after earning my long coveted Actor’s Equity Card (to me this meant I was a true professional in the theatre world!), the economy experienced a bit of a dip, and being the newbie, I soon found myself out of work and wiping the butts of Central Park West’s worst behaved children. Read more>>

Paula Tiberius

I’ve spent my life creating things – music, art, books, films – that’s what I do. I started making short films and music videos in the early 90s at the University of Toronto, then made a feature film called Goldirocks in 2004. Read more>>

Taylor Jevaux

Creativity has always been a huge part of my life. I spent a lot of time to myself as a child creating art and exploring creative outlets. I was eager to try new ways of expressing my creativity. So naturally, I fell into my fascination for photography in the 6th grade. Read more>>

Alyson Fox

In 1997 my Mother, Diane Levine, and I started Levine Fox Events. Diane had been in the business for approximately 5 years running another company, and I always had a passion for designing, creating and organizing events for friends and acquaintances. Read more>>

Glennellen Anderson

Creativity has always been fluent for me. I speak with my music through my lyrics, and I express my range of emotions onstage + onscreen when acting. When my original debit album, PERSPECTIVE, landed its very first distribution deal, I was advised by my entertainment attorney and manager to form an LLC. Read more>>

Toki Lee

Okay, here goes!! Back in 1985, I attended FIDM and graduated with an AA Degree in Merchandising Marketing. I didn’t really do much with that degree but several years later, I went back to school and earned my BA degree in Business Management. Read more>>

Michelle Kapture, Bradley Kapture

This venture is a culmination of working for decades as yoga and meditation teachers, life coaches, healers and raising our own family of 5 blended children. Just like anyone raising a large family we found ourselves doing whatever needed to be done to support our children. Read more>>

Katie Seefeldt

Becoming a wedding panner wasn’t something I decided after planning my own wedding or after getting an unhealthy obsession with Pinterest. I was going to be a wedding planner from the time I was 8 years old. Read more>>

Mariela Torres

The name came after seeing this quote, “CHIC – creating happiness inspiring confidence” She thought “That’s the sort of movement I’d like to create.” Killem With Chic was brought to life in her hometown of San Diego after a ten-year long relationship ended, quitting her corporate job as a lease manger inside Bloomingdales, and the passing of her mother. Read more>>

Christi Contois

Growing up in LA/Orange County, it’s pretty standard that you spend many weekends in the winter vacationing in Mammoth Lakes, CA. But to me, Mammoth wasn’t just a weekend getaway; these were the most therapeutic and powerful days of my life. Read more>>

Jessica Gottlieb

For the past decade, I’ve worked as an online influencer. The term influencer wasn’t originally used. First, it was mom blogger, then just blogger, then influencer, and then I quit. I really felt like I’d just die of boredom if I had to talk about myself one more day and I wasn’t inspired to write about much else except cars. Read more>>

Emily Blake

I have always loved baking. Some of my fondest childhood memories involve baking with my Mama, especially when we would go back to visit my Grandma in Indiana and bake in her farmhouse kitchen. We made everything from scratch, and put love and passion into every morsel After a career in modeling, I decided to take my love for baking mainstream and Surprise Surprise Bake Shop was born in my apartment kitchen. Read more>>

Nina Umpierrez

I’ve been dancing professionally since the age of 12, where I started out doing small theater productions and local fashion shows. When I graduated high School I decided to move to the city (Copenhagen, Denmark) so I could pursue dancing. Read more>>

Leslie Galland Kenehan

A love of design has lived in me since childhood. My favorite classes in high school were AP art classes, photography and pottery. Anything creative. After high school, it was off to FIDM for fashion design. While at FIDM, I discovered areas of design that I didn’t know about, for example, textile design. Read more>>

Yesenia Mendoza-Menchaca, Paulo Menchaca

Paulo and I met in community college in the Central Valley of California, in a town called Porterville which is between Bakersfield and Fresno. Both of our families worked in the fields picking oranges, grapes, olives and cherries so we have a deep understanding that we are living the dream that our immigrant parents had for us when they came to this Country. Read more>>

Daniela Spagnolo

I can’t remember a time where music wasn”t intertwined in my life..I grew up in New York to Italian parents. My father was a singer and guitar player. There was always music, my father singing and playing guitar, my grandmother’s cooking, her garden, and the sound of her sewing machine. Read more>>

Joanna Ke

I’ve always been a storyteller. When I was a kid, I would perform skits for my sisters and scribble stories in journals before I even knew how to write. I’ve been in the industry for over a decade, working as a professional script reader, writer, actor, and producer. Read more>>

Carrie Fundingsland

I’ve always wanted to be a designer for as long as I remember. Growing up, I’d rearrange my parents home, design and build furniture for my Barbie Dolls, etc. In school I was a very good athlete and did well in class so my counselors didn’t want me doing many art classes. Read more>>

Lisa Bianconi

A few years after college I quit my PR job and moved to Rome with no friends, no job, no home, and just 10 weeks of really bad college Italian. I didn’t care because I wanted to make my own study, live, work abroad experience. Read more>>

Patty Alvarez

Opening Botanica Michoacán gave me the opportunity to blend it all together. I sell incense, oils, lucky charms, and special dressed candles as well as offer and specialize and offer tarot readings and spiritual cleansings. Read more>>

Natalie Asatryan

I started doing yoga when I was 5 years old, and I completely fell in love with it. I wanted to do yoga more and more. I would ask my mom when the next class was and refused to skip a yoga class. When I was about 9 years old I told my mom I wanted to be a yoga teacher, so for the next few years, she looked for schools that would certify me. Read more>>

Nick Soole

I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I attended the University Of Western Sydney and graduated with a Bachelor Of Arts (Music). For several years after that, I was part of Sydney’s underground music scene. Read more>>

Merissa Marcuccella

Merissa founded Integrity Cacao in 2012 to satisfy a desire to share the healing potentials of cacao with her clients. She is a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor from the California College of Ayurveda, en route to her practitioner’s license in 2018 and then eventually her doctor certificate in 2020. Read more>>

Jody Seal, Jim Elliott

The Diveheart vision was inspired by Jim Elliott’s blind daughter in the mid-1980s. Elliott, founder and president of Diveheart, witnessed how downhill skiing changed his daughter’s life and inspired his friends without disabilities to take on new challenges in their lives. Read more>>

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