From 18 studios scattered around Los Angeles, Lori Moran Music Studios’ armada of instructors offers all-ages voice, piano, guitar, violin, and composition classes. With teachers who have worked on films such as Dreamgirls and Dance Flick, world-touring operatic productions, and Grammy-nominated choral CDs, the school can cater to virtually every musical taste—from classical to jazz to pop. Students choose the emphasis of their lessons, whether they want to work on their public performance skills, write their own songs, sight-read scores, or simply be able to play musical chairs during a power outage. Many will also get the chance to show off in recitals, concerts, and showcases.
The photographers of the three studios that make up The Boudoir Cafe pride themselves on helping their female subjects own their womanhood through sultry, flattering photographs. But it's not just the subjects who've been impressed—the team's photography has earned them features in Shutterbug and Nikon World. From tasteful lingerie shots to adventurous scenes awash in stilettos and leather, the photographers use professional hair and makeup artistry, specialized lighting, and stylized poses to make every woman on their set feel like a supermodel. The crew also harnesses that fashion finesse to meticulously document opulent weddings from the engagement to the ceremony to the celebratory pit stop at the nearest bird bath.
The native French speakers at French in Mind teach beginning to advanced communicators how to master the French language during small-group classes. By focusing on the four fundamental language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—each student leaves with a grasp of French culture and conversational dialogue. After completing class activities including interactive discussions, listening exercises, and film viewing, students feel more comfortable conversing freely in French and can correctly pronounce "croissant."
Grilled or chilled, layered or wrapped, the chefs at The Original Sandbag's Gourmet Sandwiches uphold the age-old art of bread bundling as they craft a mélange of classic sandwiches alongside a complement of classic soups, sides, and desserts. Staffers load up the shop’s fluffy rolls or toasty bread slices with spiced cuts of turkey, saucy meatballs, and veggies before pairing each creation with a homemade chocolate-chip cookie, imbuing senses with nostalgia for days at mom’s house or late-night shindigs at Cookie Monster's mansion. Diners can take their bounty to go or linger at the restaurant, which features a lineup of indoor seating and a collection of patio tables soaking in the warm rays of the noonday sun.
As a studio singer, Angela Michael has worked with artists such as Rod Stewart and recorded for movies such as Get Him to the Greek. At Angela Michael Music, she lends her professional experience to aspirant vocalists through lessons that help clients train their ears, increase their range, and improve their pitch. Other staff members lead lessons that cover choreography, pop songwriting, and home-studio setup.
While working as a hiring manager, Vijay Ingam found himself disappointed with the lackluster interviewing skills of many job applicants—even those from top business schools. So he decided to do something to help: he launched Interview SOS, a company dedicated to helping job seekers succeed at every step of the application process. Drawing on years of firsthand hiring experience and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he leads a team of skilled résumé writers and career specialists in boosting each client's professional desirability. Overcoming anxiety, dressing appropriately, and addressing weaknesses are a few focal points.