Convos

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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Trysen Kaneshige aka Tkay2

I’ve done projects with The Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. A lot of these projects come from the need to help out kids to find their passion through the arts. With that there really are no limits. Coming from the islands, people are in a mindset to stay on the islands…

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Keen Malasarte

I moved out here 10 years ago when I was 13 years old. And in those adolescent years, I was basically in a new country, didn’t know anyone and had no friends or family except for my immediate family. That’s when I took to writing. It’s when you’re trying to find that comfort zone or…

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Valentin Saqueton aka Veeej

All my life, I was very academic. That’s how I was practically raised and I would get good grades. One day, I had to choose classes and needed an art credit and from the classes available there was a class for digital art. I was already on the computer the whole day anyway, so I…

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