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Cecilia Do

I started about 3 years ago. First, I was a little lost. I felt like I was searching for something creative. I started picking up my phone a lot and I really loved taking photos and editing and that’s when I decided to get a camera. I got my first advanced camera, it was a…

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Marcel Reyes-Vermillion

I went to Art School at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The art school experience was really awesome! The degrees were issued through TUFTS, so the academic portion of my education was at Tufts University and the Art portion happened at the museum, which was an incredible space to use as a class and…

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Amina El Kabbany

I come from a family of very contrasting backgrounds. Learning about myself has only been a fairly recent pursuit and has only started to make sense recently. I’ve always been confused about who I am and who I’m supposed to be, like what I’m supposed to be like as far as religion and culture goes. My Dad…

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Matt Maraia aka Matt Stay Gold

Back in 2010, I started interning at Crooks & Castles. I won a Twitter contest when they were looking for interns and at the time I was majoring in music. I wanted to compose for film and TV, and when I got that internship, it consumed all my time. I started doing marketing, and built…

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Mariah Hoffman of Micro Modula

I call it a Tiny House because as a movement, it’s become really popular recently. There’s been TV shows and articles on it, and I call it that so people who are associated with that concept can better understand what I’m creating. The reality is, it’s accessible and alternative living for people like me –…

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Aminah Musa of Pali Roots

When you find struggle, you also find beauty. I like to think that beauty creates struggle. In high school, I was bullied. I went to a school that was 99% white and there was me, the only Middle Eastern, and there was one African American student. This was in Ohio and it was super close…

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Fred Oliveira

I grew up in Connecticut, a very boring retirement state – kind of where James Bond would hide out since there would be nothing in that area. It’s very lowkey, and I lived an hour away from New York, where a lot of my work comes from. I would take the train to New York…

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Dauché Bates

In 2013, I started working with DJ Artistic who was my mentor who represents No Suckers DJs and San Diego’s Best DJs. I had always had this idea to play with DJing but I had never pursued it. When I decided to try and gain the knowledge of DJing, it was for a backup plan…

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Quynh aka Qvocado

With photography, I started in high school. We didn’t have music classes in high school so I joined year book. With year book, you need photography and it was one of those things I did for fun and didn’t think anything of it. My parents have had cameras and it was something that was always…

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Tiffany Michelle

“I had no idea how to publish a book, I didn’t know the first step about creating a book, what it was supposed to look like, how it’s supposed to be, how to edit the book, I’m gonna have to pay somebody and it’s going to cost so much to do it – these were…

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