We asked some of the city’s rising stars to reflect on what made a difference in their journey. We asked them to tell us about what they think the most important factor has been behind their success.

Kai KJ” Stäheli | Brand Owner

The community. LA VIBES stands for the community. The goal is that when you think of LA VIBES, you automatically connect it with the whole creative community around it. And I think that’s what makes this brand so special and successful in the end. Originally it was just a regular Instagram account that supported and featured photos from amazing photographers in SoCal. And then as that got bigger and bigger, it started to become a brand. However, I still try to keep this brand very personal and close to people and continue to support artists with this brand. Read more>>

Patrick Glaz | Photographer and Videographer

“Because I’m still figuring myself out.” That was the response from Sunil the owner of “Punjaabi Indian Cousine” when I asked him what makes him happy in life in one of my videos. To me there is no right or wrong answer to this question but I think it’s essential that we all ask ourselves questions similar to this. To not only discover our true self but to realize we are all connected. Read more>>

Brittany Leach | Marketing Director & Partner

We truly believe in spotlighting Womxn, BBIPOC & LGBTQ+ owned brands within our business. We want to give power to those who have been disenfranchised and deserve to be seen. Working together as a community helps everyone involved, brings us closer to our peers and makes us stronger as a whole. Read more>>

Sarah Randall | Designer & DIY Content Creator

I think investing in myself and my education has been huge. Being an “Instagram Influencer” is certainly not something I learned about in college, so it kind of felt like the Wild West. It’s not a normal job with a boss explaining to you how things work. I had to find the right people, the right conferences to attend and ask the right questions. Even after all of that, I had to remember to take everything with a grain of salt because all of the advice I was getting was what worked for THEM (and might not work the same for me.) Read more>>

Kimberly Dotseth | Broker and Owner of Blend Luxury Real Estate and Real Estate Instructor at Blend Click

The brand has evolved. When I first got my broker’s license in October 2007 and opened my own shop, I went by Green Box Homes. We did a “green” or “energy” analysis of every home we sold and ultimately we figured out that no one really cared. People do care about energy conservation and green things, and a happier planet, but when it comes to real estate, they just wanted the keys. So in 2013, I rebranded to Blend Real Estate — a combination of thoughts went into that name, but I preferred something simple, one syllable and somewhat ethereal. In 2020, during the pandemic but just before, I rebranded to Blend Luxury Real Estate to kick it up a notch, grown the brand and grow the business in a polished, more luxury way. Read more>>

Patricia Fulps | Owner/Operator of A Sweet Memory Photo Booth

We at A Sweet Memory, strive to be great at what we do. Not only providing a fun experience, but quality photos a beautiful set-up and amazing customer service. Time and time again, we hear how easy we are to work with, how accommodating we are and how much fun everyone is having at our booth. The most important factor behind our success is the loyalty we have from our clients. Most of our events come from referrals or repeat clients, because they know we can be depended on to ensure their guests have an amazing time at their event. Read more>>

Ernie Medina | CEO/Chief Instructor

The most important factor behind our success is that we remain dedicated to our clients’ success in training. I’m doing so, we empower them to truly have the confidence to defend themselves should the unfortunate arise. This is particularly critical for our female clients. The success of our brand is a result of staying true to our core values (Service, Training, Empowerment) and relentlessly striving to learn and grow. Read more>>

Meggy McVey | Swim Instructor, Swim Coach

Reliability. Consistency. Communication. As a swim instructor and coach, I am teaching kiddos from 18 months to 12 years old. Parents are putting their kids in my hands so its my duty to keep them safe. Parents just want to feel seen and safe. They are trusting me to keep their kids safe. I am teaching a life skill and the water can be very dangerous! Read more>>

Kimberly Harper | Business Owner

Our belief that everyone should have access to luxe events, at an affordable price point. We form personal relationships with our clients and work to customize each event rental to our client’s unique budget and vision, with our specially curated collection of vintage peacock chairs, room dividers and panel backdrops, wooden signs, and items. It can take only a few key pieces to transform a space and celebrate loved ones in style! Read more>>

Eric Kim | Whiskey event planner

Passion is the key. People can immediately see and hear the passion in your voice and mannerisms. It makes them want to engage and ask more questions. Those questions in turn help validate your expertise. Read more>>

Torrey Wuflestad | Licensed Esthetician

At SkinRehab, the most important factor and business philosophy is authenticity. When I discuss authenticity, I follow the philosophy of, “if you need a certain treatment, I’m going to do it for you”. I follow this protocol because I believe in charging a flat rate for a service that allows for customization is extremely beneficial. Not all skin types are the same, and nonetheless we are all unique on our skincare journey. Read more>>

Fuatino Ruiz | Owner

The most important factor behind my success and I believe for most people’s success is having a great support team. I can honestly say I have the best support team. I am a wife and a mother of 4. Juggling being a wife, mother and a business owner is tough at times, it gets hectic and challenging, Last year, in 2021 when I started my business, it was during Co-vid and around the time my kids had to do online school. It was very challenging, Read more>>