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The Valley’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of the Valley’s gems below.

Margaret Caton

Creating the Fitbride program required a lot of sacrifices. My husband and I worked relentlessly on creating a fitness program that would help as many brides-to-be as possible! The sacrifices we made to run Fitbride haven’t always been easy, but the reward of helping others makes it worth it! Read more>>

Katherine Muise

Performing has always been a huge part of my life. I started acting and dancing as a very young child, and was a dance major in college. After moving to LA, I made the jump to working in film and have never looked back. I never thought I could be both behind the camera and in front, but in today’s world, that’s a possibility. Read more>>

Todd Vradenburg

Brave Beginnings started as a program under the Will Rogers Institute. The Will Rogers Institute was the research and training center created at the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital (a tuberculosis sanitarium closed in 1972). WRI focus is funding pulmonary medicine training fellowships and free educational materials about pulmonary diseases and disorders. Read more>>

Serge Ramelli

I love shooting cities at the greatest moments of lights, sunrise sunset it’s crazy weather. My photos are usually very dramatic, like something incredible is about to happen. Success is being able to make a living off your passion being able to create the fact that you want to create and being able to do the art that you want to do. Read more>>

Miranda Harmon

I primarily make comics and illustrations! Most of what I make now is digital, but I also consistently keep a sketchbook, and I like to mess around with ink and paint there. I like to draw a lot of cute animals, plants, and stars. I try to make drawings based on complicated relationships and feelings. Read more>>

Jennifer Hurless and Jennifer Noonan

A Token Of was developed as a passion project by two creative women entrepreneurs who saw a void in the jewelry market for an affordable modern locket. Jennifer Noonan and Jennifer Hurless came together after working on several branding and design collaborations to develop a product that someone could buy that was meaningful to them while also giving back. Read more>>

K Lee Marie Atherton

Music has so many different dimensions and feelings. One recurring topic in my music is depression. And from personal experience, I know so many people are trapped by weight of it. My best escape from the darkness of my mind has been my music. I’m so thankful for what God has done with it. Read more>>

Philip McElroy

Before I moved to Los Angeles, I didn’t have any experience painting. I would go to museums and read books and watch documentaries about some of my favorite artists. I was so jealous of all the incredible talent that they all had. I never thought that I could make art as beautiful as theirs. Read more>>

Kevin Palencia

This is what I wanted to do. I found what it is that I wanted to do finally I said to myself! Something I loved doing and was really good at! I decided to leave Glendale Community College and enrolled into The Los Angeles Film School with the help of my parents. I am very fortunate to have such supportive parents. I can’t thank them enough! Read more>>

Jessy Covets, Kayla and Alayna Miller

We started a band in Florida & toured the east coast. Shortly after we decided to make the big move to Los Angeles. With “no money” to our name and a shit load of confidence, we found an apartment and moved in together and we did the damn thing, We’ve been independent from the start and have constantly worked towards mastering our craft while always enjoying the ride. Read more>>

Agam Timor

I’m a musician, guitarist and a musical producer. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Over there, I worked as a gu Tar player in the music industry. I played with famous artists such as Chen Aharoni, Adir Getz, Mary Lou, the musical, Tararam group, X factor, Ruthi Navon and many more. Read more>>

Alyssa Soares

My acting ability was growing every day, and the fire was constantly being fueled by teachers, lessons, friends, and outside experiences. I grew up in such a beautiful and healthy place, then was surrounded by gloom and filth. Then came my passion for burning dedication towards environmentalism. Read more>>

Tori Kostic

Luckily there was a drama school just down the street from the dance studio! Once I started, I absolutely loved it and knew this was what I wanted to do. So I took more classes, got headshots and an agent then started auditioning! I got my first role in an AFI short film when I was seven and I’ve been acting since then! Read more>>

James Tang

I am an actor and filmmaker. I grew up attending an international school in Thailand and went to university in Canada and Australia. Having lived in these different countries and growing up watching films, it became apparent to me the power of representation in the media, especially with Hollywood films reaching a worldwide audience. Read more>>

Derra Huxley

Once I established a website, it made my business more accessible to be found. Also, offering my services online to clients in cities, states, and countries far from the Los Angeles area has proven to be an excellent way for me to help so many more people that have the desire to improve their spoken English. Read more>>

Stacey Zimmerman

I’ve been doing some form of art for about as long as I can remember, in fact, I have a certificate and ribbon for getting First Place in my first-grade coloring contest. The picture was titled “cat”, lol. I took various art and writing classes all through high school till there were none left to take. Read more>>

Nicholas Hagen

Because I wanted to pursue production design, I had some challenges at NYFA. Since the school didn’t have a production designing program, I had to work hard to stay at the school but focus my study on production design. I had to take the same classes as the rest of my section did, but when it came to projects, I had to team up with two directors and work as their production designer instead of directing one of my own projects. Read more>>

Madeleine Holly-Rosing

I truly believe that through diversity comes strength. All of my characters come from different backgrounds and life experiences, but when they work together, they are capable of incredible things. That’s the message I want to send. We are stronger together. Read more>>

Tauran Woo

I pour my creative soul into giving each couple a unique and beautiful vision of their event, big or small. Wedding photography is more than a few snapshots; it’s creating a family’s first heirloom and something that will be worth passing down through several generations. Read more>>

92 Colby

We would play at restaurants, private events, festivals. That was my first professional experience in music. So, I started studying guys like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, who are not just jazz but music legends. There would be no hip-hop without them. I think once I discovered this saxophonist named Kenny Garrett. Read more>>

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