Dave Van Patten began making comics when he was in the second grade. Filling notebook after notebook, he eventually created a full-on graphic novel that he sold (yes, sold) in the third grade—a piece that was so popular, it led him to amass more content (even a comic about a chainsaw murderer with a skull face that was banned).
Joanne Gordon knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting at the age of three. It wasn't until she was in her adolescent years that she discovered the world of directing. Gordon, who grew up in South Africa and received her Bachelors and Masters degree, has accumulated a myriad of accolades to showcase for her success.
In 2012, Amberlynne Vithlani noticed a glaring gap in the social fabric of Long Beach: local, accessible and affordable mental health services were extremely hard to come by and faced social stigmas that relegated them to blighted neighborhoods. She then founded and created Transitions, formally opening about a year ago along 7th St. at Belmont, with the hopes of never turning away anyone who cannot afford to pay—a hope she has kept a reality since opening.