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West LA’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 West LA’s gems below.

Robert Sturman

When I was 14 years old, my father dropped me off at preparatory boarding school. When we got there, he gave me my first camera. I asked him what I was supposed to take pictures of, and his response was, anything that you love. This turned out to be the most significant. piece of artistic advice I have ever received. Read more>>

Joynier Lockett

I’m a Los Angeles native that moved from Culver City to the San Fernando Valley as a child where I played a multitude of different sports and activities, including football, track & field, BMX racing, and skateboarding. During high school. Read more>>

Timothy Scott

I’ve always been a creative person, but could never come up with a concrete way of expressing that. In early 2019, I began noticing how many creative individuals were settling for lifestyles that don’t make them happy, simply because of society. Read more>>

Donna Piper

I was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and have also lived in San Diego and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2004. Los Angeles is the perfect mixture of everything I’ve loved from all the places I’ve lived; great weather, good food, fun people, and lots of recreational activities to enjoy. Read more>>

Lewis Liu

I came to the United States from China for graduate school in 2009 on a fellowship and got an MFA degree in film and video production from The University of Iowa. Prior to graduating in summer 2012, I applied for 200+ jobs in New York and Los Angeles and only got five replies. Read more>>

Alek Matthiessen

I’ve always loved to read – fiction, non-fiction, magazines, scribble – anything. When I graduated college, however, I found it harder to make the time to read. The time that I would usually spend on reading was replaced with late nights working. Spending two months on a Tolstoy seemed unrealistic. Read more>>

Jarren Barboza

I started riding BMX around ten years old. I rode pretty much every day for years. It was an outlet not only to be creative but meet all of these people that shared the same passion. Fast forward ten years later I’m doing it professionally with the support of some legendary brands in the game. Read more>>

Guney Tamer

I started my career as a viola performer and played in various European orchestras. When I lived in a Germany, my passion for music took a different turn. I encountered the true electronic music scene, and it changed my life forever. I wanted it to produce electronic music, experiment with sound, and create something new. Read more>>

Mikey Meschures

I am a business manager and co-founder of ArtxCo.  I come from the world of business management (primarily in the entertainment industry) and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was always interested in merging business management and entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Kiki Gomez

I have been infatuated with films and commercials ever since I was a young kid. Going to the theater to watch a film was always the highlight of my week, my mom would take my brother and I to the theater every Friday. And Super Bowl was one of my favorite days. Read more>>

Tanya Bartels

I have always loved plants, but the journey from gardener to guide began when I moved into a home with no vegetation at all. While transforming my own space, I began to change and realized this was my path. Up to this point, I had been working in the footwear design industry for over twenty years. Read more>>

Sanjay Krishnamurthy

I started playing piano at four and singing at 16. I had never seriously considered doing music full time. Although I was surrounded by ambitious and creative people, the focus was more on math, science, and humanities, rather than art. I went to the University of Arizona and studied Molecular and Cellular Biology and Economics. Read more>>

Devin Packard

My clothing part of my brand started when I was working at a shoe store called Kicks LA formerly located in Larchmont. (closed down). My first design “blumpkin” was pretty out there a male dinosaur receiving oral from a females dino while on the toilet. Read more>>

Brianna Rouzan

Things that’s usually happened in my life tend to happen so fast or at least always have a life lesson following it. I didn’t have a real direction as to where I wanted to go in my life to go. I was going out almost every night and didn’t have real goals for myself. Read more>>

Kayla Grosse

I grew up outside of Madison, Wisconsin in a smaller town with a cornfield for my backyard. That could be one of the reasons why I always had a love for daydreaming and storytelling. I had to have a big imagination! As well, for some reason, I also always knew that I was going to move out of Wisconsin and most likely to California. Read more>>

Tracey Goldman

It feels like where I am today is exactly where I’m meant to be. That might sound cliche, but I feel like all of the paths I took lead right here.  I was one of those people who never knew what I wanted to do, or “be”. I studied Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology in College, because I’ve always loved people, and graduated from UCLA with a Sociology degree. Read more>>

Sarah Daye

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. My father being second-generation polish, and my late mother was born in Nova Scotian of English, Irish and Scottish descent. However, both of my parents were raised during their most impressional years in Kensington Market, downtown Toronto. Read more>>

Franck Yound

Born in Africa and raised in Europe. Traveling has not only been something that I do, but it has been something that has become a part of me. I’ve been to 34 countries so far and a dream of mine since I was 12 years old always was to open my own travel agency and to share my travel experiences with the world. Read more>>

Kris Londyn

I’ve been singing since I was ten years old. I didn’t know I could “sing” until my mom heard me singing in my room one day. I didn’t start taking it seriously until the 9th grade when I auditioned for a role in Godspell and I got it. I was so excited. I did many musicals throughout high school. Read more>>

Sarah deCourcy

Composer, Producer, and Musician Sarah deCourcy began her musical journey at the tender age of three when she started playing the piano. By the age of nine, she was accomplished in piano and violin as a player with distinction and was performing solo piano concertos at Royal College of Music. Read more>>

Yogi Jenn

Kundalini For The Culture is a grand culmination of 14 years of Yogi Jenn’s personal practice. Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, is home to kriya sets that positively adjust the trajectory of one’s life. After exploring many different yoga tradition. Read more>>

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