Krysti Murphy

Raise your hand if the last time you bought your car, color was a factor. Well, as much as we wish we could, we can’t see you, but our hands are definitely raised. Krysti Murphy is one of the faces behind the methodical creation of a car's hue. An employee at GM for six years,…

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Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Mandeville, La. residents Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney found themselves seeking work with more meaning – something new and inspiring that would also give them a platform to give a little something back. The duo came up with Corks N Canvas, a paint-and-sip art experience aimed at helping the…

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Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes

Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes had a choice: stay in a safe job as a university librarian or go after her dream job in photography and digital art. “What sane person leaves their dependable job with steady salary and excellent benefits to make a living in the art world?” she asks. But that’s exactly what Michelle did. She…

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Amber Bernhardt

Amber Bernhardt has one of the most enthusiastic, genuine self-job descriptions we've had the pleasure of reading, yet. A teaser: "I play for a living. I create make believe. And if I make believe and play to the extent of my ability, I get to enrich humanity doing it. How cool is that?!" We'd say it…

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Maria Yoon

When performance artist Maria Yoon said “I do” at Times Square in New York City this May, it wasn’t the first time — it was her 50th. Maria, a first generation Korean-American, felt pressure to get hitched at a young age from both her parents and the Korean-American community. In response, she became “Maria the…

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Minden Koopmans

Minden Koopmans is the epitome of that woman who's going to go out there and change the world. She already is. As assistant director at 3rd Ward, a creative workshop in New York City where individuals can experiment, practice and polish a craft or activity, she makes the kind of personal impact that affects others…

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Camille Schenkkan

Camille Schenkkan discovered her dream job during a graduate school class in 2008. After hearing about Arts for LA, a regional advocacy group, she knew it was where she had to be. She set up an informational interview with the group's executive director about a month later and was hired the next week! Currently she is…

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