Personal Stories Los Angeles
It’s not WHAT we do…
or HOW we do it…
but WHY we do it.

Not just what you’ve been through, but also who you are.

P.S. | Dancing into Someone New

“I feel like I can be any kind of person when I dance. In any dance I do, there is a different character to portray.”
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P.S. | Building Character One Touchdown at a Time

“I am fascinated by sports because it brings people together in a way nothing else does.”
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P.S. | Biking through Culture

“I think biking through different countries opens your mind to other people and cultures. It’s led me to the realization that in the end, we are all the same”
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P.S. | Solving the Puzzle

“The existence of computer science has not only allowed me to keep learning and growing in a field I truly love, but it has also allowed society to keep advancing and I’m excited to see what develops next.”
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P.S. | Storytelling through a Snapshot

“It’s fun to take a picture and not have to explain it. I’ve never been a good writer, but I enjoy storytelling, and photography allows me to do that.”
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P.S. | Traveling Tastes Better than Caviar

“Traveling enriched my life, and when we couldn’t travel, it gave us a chance to reflect on everywhere we’ve been. I could share my adventures with friends and family. Travel while you can. Don’t put it off if you don’t have to.
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P.S. | Achieving the Dream

“I’m grateful that music and writing have made me feel confident that people can pursue careers and things that they truly love. I don’t feel like I am entitled to what I do, it’s all love, passion, and drive. I think I represent a regular dude who wants to do this.”
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P.S. | Discovering Empathy

“Writing allows me to take life more seriously. I’ve always had a lot of levity and it allowed me to be more quiet and introspective. I appreciated how I could explore myself.” 
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P.S. | Writing to Inspire

“I write to show that people can change if they decide to and make themself change. By doing it, I am able to help so many people with mental health issues, drug issues, all that. There are a bunch of things that people can kind of connect with and realize that we’re all the same. I get a real rush out of things like that.” 
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P.S. | The Beauty of the Aurora

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the aurora or something else, but if you can see or identify a phenomena that hasn’t been identified and you understand why it works, it gives motivation to keep studying and teaching.”
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P.S. | Connection through Cooking

“I love cooking because food unifies people. It helps us connect. You can’t hate food.”
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P.S. | Laughter Brightens the World

“The world has been really dark this past year, and comedy helps add light to dark parts of life. From things like heartbreak to moving away, it’s freeing and allows me to learn more about myself.”
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P.S. | Music as Communication

“Do you ever feel like you want to tell someone you love them, but you just don’t have all of the words to do so? Music allows me to. I can get on the piano and write a beautiful ballad and they’ll understand how I feel.”
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P.S. | Real Stories of a Detective Part Two

“Three years later the student contacted me again because she was a victim of domestic violence. The District Attorney dismissed her case because it wasn’t found to be ‘enough’ of a felony.
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P.S. | Real Stories of a Detective Part One

“I work for LAPD in the Robbery Homicide Division in the Special Assault Section where we investigate stranger rapes, serial sexual assaults, unsolved sexual assaults with DNA, and high profile cases”.
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P.S. | A Helping Hand

A lot of the magic in this is that the prominent people in their life know what they’re about to lose; when I step in, all I know is what they want me to know.”
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P.S. | Caring for Others

“I am an athletic woman who is passionate about my daughter and about the biotech industry where I am a business executive.”
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P.S. | Community in Soccer

“I began playing soccer when I was 5 years old in Guatemala, my home country. I played soccer all the time, every chance I had. I played with my friends, family and neighbors during our school breaks. We played any time we could.”
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P.S. | Excitement in Entrepreneurship

“I’m passionate about entrepreneurship because it mixes creativity with economics. When we first started the company we had to maintain organization because there were so many different balls in the air. The biggest lesson I learned was how to be transparent with customers and fellow employees to ensure success for the business.”
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P.S. | Expression through Running

“For me, this time is a moving meditation “session” that I cherish.  It is the time I think about myself, my family and my community. You may find me with a huge smile on my face or tears rolling down my face….I don’t know what type of session I will have until I’m there.”
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P.S. | People of the Theater

“Theater is about people, and how we all interact in the world with one another and the stories that we all have, and then tell.  It also makes a difference in people’s lives.
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P.S. | Abstract Theatrical Design

“In high school I turned my sight towards film making and wanted to get into the production side of creating movies. I soon realized I am not a director; really the only thing I like about movies is how they look. I dedicated my life to studying design.
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P.S. | The Impact of Everyday Decisions

“Your decisions every day impact animals, the environment, and other individuals.
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P.S. | The Life of Roadies

“My husband and I have a small business in Palm Desert, but a lot of our lives revolve around our kids and what they are doing. Luke is 13 and Jake is 16, and they are both amazing musicians.
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P.S. | An Important Film

“This project was from our hearts, It was not a business deal; we were trying to project a message. If you have family members with Alzheimer, or really any disease, the caregivers have to go through a lot mentally, and we need to appreciate them.
As a child of someone with Alzheimer’s, you have a choice. You can submit your parent to a nursing home, or you can stay with them and take care of them. This is the choice the main character has to make. He could leave, travel the world, be happy…and his father would never even know, his father doesn’t even recognize him.
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P.S. | The Music Connection

Dylan Dadon“I went to a music festival once and I just loved how everyone seemed to connect with each other through music. Complete strangers come together for an artist and become best of friends, and that drew me to DJing.
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P.S. | No Formal Education

“I did not pursue formal education. I pursued career thoughts and did research on my own. Don’t wait for someone to come to you. It’s all there.
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P.S. | Definition of Empathy


“As human beings, we like to share experiences, which means we like to celebrate together and also suffer together.
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