These are the career stories of diverse individuals working in a variety of careers. Watch or read about what inspired them to pursue their career, what they were like growing up, what they love most about their career and more!

Kenny Smith
Kenny Smith, a D.C. native, is a Writer, Producer, Director living in Los Angeles. With over twenty years in the entertainment business, he’s worked on more than a few shows including Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, The Game, Marlon, and is currently running ABC’s hit show Black-ish. If you can’t tell from his list of credit, Kenny has an affinity for comedy and is considered to be very funny by everyone, except his own kids. Who/what influenced or inspired you to become a Writer/Producer/Director? There were a lot of people who influenced me and things that inspired me along the way to become… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Raymundo Vizcarra
Raymundo Vizcarra has been the Redondo Union High School (RUHS) band director for four-and-a-half years. Before coming to RUHS, he was Band Director at Westchester High and at Fairfax High School. As band director at RUHS, Vizcarra is responsible for two jazz band classes, three concert band classes, the school’s marching band, pit orchestra, drumline and a number of other smaller ensembles. Under his direction, the Redondo Union marching band has performed in their circuit’s Grand Championships for the last three years, the advanced jazz band class has won festival sweepstakes two years in a… Read more
Cary Chow
Cary Chow has a flair for traveling, accidentally breaking electronic devices, and anchoring at ESPN. Born and raised in Orange County, CA, Cary is an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning broadcast journalist who’s anchored and reported in California, Wyoming, Alabama, and Connecticut. His career began with a cable access show he and his best friend started, and in the 15 years since, he’s interviewed countless celebrities and covered everything from presidential elections to Super Bowls to the Academy Awards. What influenced you to become a sports anchor? I’ve always been infatuated with both… Read more
Entertainment, Media & Sports
Heather Keenan
Watch and listen to Heather's story on how she became an event planner.
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Kristina Li has practiced as a clinical pharmacist for nearly a decade, working in a number of hospitals in the Los Angeles area. She was inspired to go down the medical field path by her mom, who to this day still works as a nurse. As a child, Kristina often visited her mom at the hospital and was inspired by her mom’s dedication and devotion toward caring for her patients. Outside of the pharmacy, Kristina’s entrepreneurial spirit keeps her busy. She runs a nutrition counseling business, moonlights as a professional hand model, and is working hard on launching an upcoming blog centered… Read more
Neil Thompson has worn many different hats. In the past he’s worked as a research associate at a start-up company and as a product development engineer. Now Thompson works as a patent agent and writer, helping those with innovative ideas bring their ideas to fruition while regularly posting on his website With his experience at start-up companies and as a product development engineer, Thompson also occasionally contributes to business journals like the San Diego Business Journal (SDBJ) on the topic of start-up companies. As a student, Thompson excelled in the maths and… Read more