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The Valley 05.29.2018

Angelica Valiton

My journey doesn’t really have an official start date. Growing up I have always been inspired by people and their stories. I loved reading books and was involved with theatre and acting throughout my childhood – which led me on my path into the entertainment industry. Read more>>

Star Hansen

When I was in high school, if you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said “A Wedding Planner”. I’ve always loved celebrations. As a child, I found any excuse to throw a party and was often found decorating, testing new recipes, or engaged in DIY projects. Read more>>

Dr. Cozette M. White

Oh, wow… my journey with numbers started some years ago while I was working at Carl’s Jr. Restaurant in Carson, California as the assistant manager at the age of 19 years old. I received my very first W-2 and asked my grandmother to help me complete my personal income tax return. Read more>>

Deja Gordon

After two years of freelancing production design jobs, I finally decided to step out and do what I really came to LA to do, direct! Its been a journey after that. I directed a few projects and enjoyed having a great group of friends that rolled up their sleeves and helped me without complaints. Read more>>

Kimberly Pulido

My parents divorced when I was a toddler and sports quickly became an outlet for me. I found an unusual amount of joy in playing catch for hours with any type of ball that was available. I could dribble a basketball for hours pretending there was a defender on me and shoot in grocery carts as if they were basketball hoops. Read more>>

Jennifer Raphael Komsky

I come from a family of attorneys, so I always had that in mind and understood the challenges and rewards that the practice of law could provide. Of all the attorneys in my family however, I was the first female (although there are a few more now!) Read more>>

Betty Moon

I initially got my start in the music industry at a very young age. During my teenage years I was a singer-songwriter in Toronto and dedicated my life to making music and creating a lifestyle that revolved around that process. Within a short timeframe I managed to make my first album and sell over 10,000 copies on my own without any label assistance. Read more>>

Aubrey Destremps

I started doing hair and makeup back in my hometown of Westport, Ma. I grew up on the east coast and loved style, fashion, glamour, hair, makeup etc. I always wanted to do something bigger. Since I’m from a small town I dealt with a lot of judgmental people with different mindsets than myself. Read more>>

Aaron Coney

My journey probably started in Detroit, MI somewhere around first grade, when my teacher Mrs. Baczynski, went through our class and asked each child aloud what we wanted to be when we got older. Standing up I proudly proclaimed “when I grow up I’m going to be an entrepreneur!” Read more>>

Mitchell Jones

I was born and raised in South Georgia. A very small rural area where the entire population of the city, is close to the population of an area such as San Fernando Valley, California. Being born into a Farming/Agriculture family, it was a dream of mine to follow the footsteps of the two hero’s that I admired the most. Read more>>

Kelsey McCowan

We met 5 years ago when Kelsey was offered a residency as a dancer at Downtown Nightclub ‘The Edison.’ Kelsey pitched the idea of having a modern day Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers duo and hired Caley for the job. We now choreograph and teach all around the world. Read more>>

Mia Campbell

I started out in advertising – following my collegiate journey at UC, Berkeley, I jumped straight into my intended career field. I quickly realized, however, that I needed to pursue what was in my heart- a career in fashion. Read more>>

Paul Hebert

I have been interested in photography since I was a kid. I remember rolling my own film and developing my own prints in a makeshift darkroom in my mothers bathroom when I was young. I always had a camera and feel like I have had quite the array of cameras from a 110, to a kodak disc. Read more>>

Stephen Rivera

The first half of my child I was raised in Stratford Connecticut. A small town vibe, everyone knows each other, kids play basketball out side, you go to a deli for lunch and the choice weekend activity is laps around the mall in the neighboring town. Read more>>

Ellie Laks

The Gentle Barn is a national non profit organization that rescues and rehabilitates animals from abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We save horses, cows, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, llamas, peacocks, and dogs. Once the animals are rehabilitated they are adopted into forever homes, unless they need ongoing care in which case we give them sanctuary for the rest of their lives. Read more>>

Amy Rydell

I have always been an artist. In addition to acting and voiceover, I have always had a passion for plants and landscape design. About 15 years ago I began my company. It is grown significantly over the years and my husband helps me run it today. Read more>>

Talaat Captan

In 2000, I found myself struggling to find a venue at which I could film airport and plane scenes for a feature film. At the time, I was unable to find anything remotely similar to what I was looking for. I created Air Hollywood because I wanted to recreate an easily accessible studio for the purpose of aviation filmmaking. Read more>>

Derek Hildebrandt

Derek E. Hildebrandt is a digital enthusiast and producer with over 20 years in entertainment advertising, marketing, management, business development and production. As Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Derek provides creative, media, production, distribution, and marketing solutions for content owners. Read more>>

Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab

We started as two new moms who didn’t want to use plastic tableware for our kids anymore. Not only were the items back then unattractive, but we were hearing all the horrible news about the toxic chemicals found in plastic. We decided to make our own line using a safe, non-toxic material called Silicone. Read more>>

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