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Valley Trailblazers

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 Trailblazers series, 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 the Valley that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Zshakira

Everything from dancing, art, singing, writing, acting and even interior design all let me know that the essence of me was “creativity”. I am a singer, songwriter, makeup artist and creative designer originally from San Diego, California residing in Los Angeles, California. When I got to L.A. Read more>>

Jessica Sacks-Davimos

Nothing major so I decided I wanted to work for myself but still in the fashion world. I started working with small designers placing their lines on TV shows like Friends, Will and Grace, 90210, Melrose Place to name a few. That was the late 90’s and early 2000’s-pre-reality series. Read more>>

Katie Reese

I feel lucky to have such great agents, supportive friends and family and three passionate career fields. By no means has my journey been easy or has anything been handed to me. I fully believe that if you put your energy toward what you want in life, then there’s no way the world won’t give it to you. Read more>>

Brittany Laine

I started working on hair salons when I was in high school, answering the phone, sweeping the floor, etc. My dream had always been to go to a music school in Australia, but I graduated high school early, and the school didn’t accept international students under 18. Read more>>

Brynn Cameron

I experimented with my closet, tried things I would never have dared to wear to the grocery store, and shared them with the no one who was following me. And it was FUN! It was freeing, and soon people did follow along. I don’t like that word though, “follower.” Read more>>

Renae Goodhew

After completion of the program at Cinema, I began outlining goals and setting plans in place to achieve them. As anyone who works in this industry knows, this was not easy. But before I knew it, I started landing jobs with various SFX Labs and then worked as a freelance makeup artist. Read more>>

Lucy Riles

This all started 8.5 years ago when our first born needed life-saving open heart surgery at three days old. While in the CTICU at Children’s Hospital, Tommy started a blog called Life of Dad so we could update family and friends on our daughter’s progress. HERE is a video of us sharing our story on The Ellen Show… Read more>>

Heather Dragulescu

Telling my story was the healing I needed and in the process of learning I found out I loved being onstage and make people laugh. Then I decided waiting for bookings were not enough, and I developed my own comedy show called Comedy a la Carte. Read more>>

Laurie Shiers

My mission today, no matter the medium, is to help others break through mental blocks, wake up to their limitless potential and find satisfaction– NOW. Because if you think about it (and even if you don’t) now is what we’ve got. Read more>>

Sophie Labelle

I’ve written about so many different events in this story of how I got here. My point in all this is that most challenges honestly became huge blessings and that the path or as my mom says it ‘cheminent’ (path someone walks) has rarely been clear or direct. Read more>>

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