I started as a very opinionated and vocal young lady. I was told that I had the gift of gab. I decided to use this thing that I saw as a gift to help someone. I have had the opportunity to teach thousands of students while instilling confidence simultaneously. I’ve used my voice to speak up for youth, wives, and preacher’s kids. I believe that there is still so much to be said and done. I am where I am today because of the special people in my life that push me to do something greater. My family means the world to me and I want them to look up to me and call me blessed. Experiencing my own transitions of life has brought me to a place of helping others. I want to continue to be the voice and GPS to help others navigate through life with confidence. I am now a Transitional Life and Confidence Coach and I am extremely passionate about what I do. Continue Reading Meet Stacie Young of To Be Continued Transitional Life Coaching, LLC
The Jokers are all about their past. Their classic rock skews toward oldies, all favorites from the late 1950s and ‘60s when band members were kids and teenagers growing up. We all loved music. We all wanted to be in a band. We just all wound up in different bands at the time.
Lifelong friends who all went to Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach, The Jokers went their separate ways after high school, but were always tied together by their love of fun rock n roll. So after being in various different bands over the years, the time was right in 2019 to finally come together and form The Jokers.
The Jokers include founding member and drummer Joey Bensoua, who chose the name because he is also a stand-up comic. Lead guitarist Eddie Mariscal knows over 500 songs and is the heart and soul of the band. Guitarist Daniel Herrera is blessed with one of the best rock n roll voices in the South Bay and is a true showman.
The Jokers also utilize alternating bass players. Dave Hallgrimson and Phil Gilbreth are both remarkable bassists and well-known in local music circles. Phil was a member of The Twisters, arguably the best South Bay band of the 1970s and ‘80s.
A fun-loving, joke-telling band that can play killer classic rock is a party favorite. In fact, the band bills itself as “Playing the Party Hits You Grew Up With.”
The band leans toward pure fun dance songs, but also specializes in “theme nights.” For example, one of The Jokers’ most successful gigs in 2020 was “A Night of Motown with The Jokers” at the Hey 19 club in Torrance. Other theme nights include “One-Hit Wonders Night with The Jokers” and “British Invasion of the ‘60s with The Jokers.”
Being versatile is just one hallmark of the band’s success. The group prides itself on always performing a successful gig for the host, be it a company or individual. Leaving guests happy and wanting more is a good measure of success.
Continue Reading Meet Joey Bensoua of The Jokers Classic Rock Band
My name is Rina. I am a former Massage therapist and a reiki practitioner. After 18 years in business, over 20,000 massages and one too many injuries, it was time to retire. After having made the decision to retire my practice and start a new venture, Covid hit and my new plan no longer felt genuine to me. I found myself feeling lost, disempowered and uncertain about where I was heading. I decided to reach out to a coach friend of mine and share how I was feeling. I shared my desire to be of service and wanting to help others be their best selves and live their best lives. It was after that conversation and a lot of reflecting on my own personal journey of growth and self-discovery, I realized that I wanted to help others on their journey through coaching.
I had never given much thought about how much I was already “coaching” people until I really began to look at my life. Along with running my own business, I also have an extensive background in management. I have been a trainer, supervisor, leader, manager and mentor. Now I get to take all those past experiences and lots of my own training, work and skills and share my knowledge with others to help them grow personally and professionally.
I feel like my whole life’s journey has been a beautiful set up to live out my true passion of coaching others to a more fulfilling journey of their own. It feels pretty amazing!
Continue Reading Meet Rina Mora of Tiny But Mighty Coaching
This is a great question. There is so much to share, but I will keep it short. My journey began when I was left in Texas at 16 years old on my own to raise my daughter. I stayed in an empty apartment with no food, electricity, furniture, or anything. The only lights that I had were the lights that lit up my apartment complex hallway, and I would open up the blinds at night, so I wasn’t completely sleeping in the dark. I would get up and go to school because It was therapeutic. I was an honor student and a star athlete. I was recruited to play football by a D1 university, Texas Christian University. I had to turn it down because they told me that they could not take my girlfriend and daughter, but they could take me. I did not want to leave my family because they were all that I had. I was devastated because football was my ticket out. I felt suicidal because life was already hard, and this news pushed me to the ledge. I said to myself, “I feel like I’m in “hell,” so I might as well go there physically.” I felt that I didn’t have a purpose or a reason to live anymore, although I had my daughter. I felt as if I let them down and losing at all cost. However, tables begin to turn when I was asked to speak about being a teenage father in front of Greg Abbot, the Attorney General of Texas, at a huge conference in Austin, TX. After I spoke, I received a standing ovation and sat and had lunch with Greg Abbot. At that moment, I found my purpose, and my life changed forever. Years later, I’m now a Certified Motivational Speaker, 3x Author, and a Successful business owner. There was Purpose in my Pain. Continue Reading Meet Corey Jones
My daughter Akyra was scouted while attending a beauty pageant in Atlanta, GA. Next thing I knew, we were traveling to LA and she was signed with an agency. We were traveling back and forward to LA which was difficult, so I requested a transfer to a military base here in California. That is how actually my journey started… after hiring a manager and publicist, I realized that we were here to stay therefore, started to self teach myself on areas of Public Relations and Talent Management by reading several books, doing research and networking/collaborating with established personnel in the industry.
Current I have been blessed with some amazing mentors that have take me to a different level. From PR to Producing, Casting and Management of talent.
And that is how everything started. Continue Reading Meet Diana Carter of Arykas and Ybots PR
I started doing music at a young age. My dad was a DJ in Atlanta at the time so it exposed to a lot of different kinds of music. I carried that all into my middle school and high school years when I began performing in competitions around the city! Continue Reading Meet Justin Reid of Juśtin
When I was a small child my grandmother made sure that I was included in any kitchen activities, she was a small business owner as well. In the 80s she came the American from Thailand and opened up a Chinese restaurant here in Long Beach, back then Thai food was not popular so she had to adjust. Eventually, over time she would bring in Thai dishes to expose the community to Thai cuisine. My grandmother was a hard worker and enjoyed being able to provide great good to the local community, growing up I too loved being in the kitchen and cooking dishes for my family. As I grew older I knew that I was meant to be in the restaurant industry, I started my first job at 16 and this was just at a local Papa Johns where I learned the basics of food handling, leadership, cash handling, customer service, and many other skills. I spent my high school years there and branched out to different food establishments, I became a young mother at 19 and I knew I needed to advance my career quickly in order to provide for my son. At the time the economy was not doing so well and I let his father control my career path, I was influenced to go to school for the medical field rather than pursuing my passion. During this time I landed a job at the Disneyland Resort when I was done with the medical field education I was working in the kitchens at Disney, I absolutely hated my internship in a Pharmacy but I loved being in the kitchen. I decided to let go of the medical path and focus on what I was passionate about instead, I was no longer with my son’s father at this time as well so following my career with no one influencing my decisions was a blessing. I spent many years within the resort and learned so much from many different chefs, I also went to culinary school at Cerritos college under Chef Pierini and received formal culinary education. I moved up within the kitchens at Disney and after 8 years I was starting to feel stagnant and wanted more. My career at Disney came to an end back in 2017 and I was introduced to the small business kitchen industry, I became a partner at my previous endeavor but it came to an end this year during the start of the pandemic. I realized that I was destined for much greater and that I could do the same amount of work for my own business so I made a move and took the leap of faith and opened up Hangry Belly on my own with a little help from my current life partner. So far it’s been good and my main goal is to have the same happiness that my grandmother did when she was providing great food to the local community. Continue Reading Meet Kat Vacharabul of Hangry Belly
Twelve years ago we lost our 10-month-old son to gun violence in 2008. In 2011 we started our Non-profit Derrick Danzel Days II Corporation named after our son. Our mission was to create something that would impact millions of people. We didn’t want his death to be just another statistic. We specialize in community outreach, business consulting & gun violence awareness. Continue Reading Meet Shiketa Days of Derrick Danzel Days II Corporation
I’ve been writing for years. I started at a young age. I wrote down any and everything that would come to mind, like daily journaling or a Dear Diary. In my adolescent years, I was very soft-spoken. Writing was my voice. I would write about how my day went, how I felt and even jot down my ideas and goals.
In highschool, Language arts was where I truly developed my love for writing eventually turning my work into poetry. It allowed me to broaden my vocabulary and become educated on the different techniques to writing. While reaping each skill, I was able to take my writing to a different level and produce masterpieces that labeled me as an author. Continue Reading Meet Author J.Jae
I became a New Mom in 2011 and I noticed that I had to use Google as my primary source of information when I had questions about my pregnancy and about childbirth. For a few years, I would travel the US going baby expos looking for information and resources and I noticed that there was not enough people in the room that looked like me, a black women. There wasn’t a diverse group of women in the room gathering the information that they could benefit from on their pregnancy journey. That’s when I came up with the idea Continue Reading Meet Candice Lewis of Moon Baby Show