40 Under 40 Winner: Emma & Isaac Simons-Araya

 

Writing their own songs and playing their own instruments, the teenage brother-and-sister duo better known as the Potential Lunatics has not just hit the local circuit by playing practically every nook and cranny of a space that can be called a venue, they also recently played at the revered and respected SXSW festival in Austin.

40 Under 40 Winner: Patrick Dougherty

Patrick touts himself as a creative problem solver. Since graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in graphic design, he’s been working as a Junior Art Director at The Designory, a firm with its flagship office in Downtown.

40 Under 40 Winner: Markus Manley

Though he is currently the owner and Co-Founder of Long Beach’s first co-working space WE Labs, Markus has made a name for himself as one of the city’s great cultural advocates—someone who believes in fostering collaboration among musicians, writers, videographers, graphic designers and traditional visual artists.

40 Under 40 Winner: Keir Jones

Go to many events and you’ll see Keir Jones’ name somewhere—on a poster, in a pamphlet, projected on a screen. And it’s not necessarily because he is locally famous but rather, outside of his State Farm Insurance business, he endlessly provides his time, money and professionalism to countless events and causes throughout Long Beach.

40 Under 40 Winner: Prumsoden Ok

 

Prum is a local artist, activist and teacher. His work within classic Cambodian dance—he was taught by world-renown dancer Sophiline Cheam Shapiro—has proven to be wildly experimental, addressing LGBTQ issues of sexuality, gender and social roles.