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Long Beach 908 Magazine Local business. Local teams. Local people. We know East Long Beach. The idea for Long Beach 908 Magazine was sparked in a local garage one cool overcast May morning in 2011.

The idea was to start a community magazine for East Long Beach about local businesses and people. Before we knew it, local advertisers jumped on the opportunity to get the word out about their businesses to the local people that mattered to them and since then it has only grown. 908 Magazine is now the ultimate source (at least we think so) for all things East Long Beach. Learn more about the people and places that matter to you. We think Life is Great in the 908' and we'd love to show you why!

From his humble Long Beach upbringing, to sold-out shows in Madison Square Garden and Staples Center, comedian and actor...
04/22/2022

From his humble Long Beach upbringing, to sold-out shows in Madison Square Garden and Staples Center, comedian and actor Gabriel “@fluffyguy” Iglesias is having a great time making us laugh!! 🤣

Gabriel Iglesias was raised by a single mother in the 908. He developed a strong sense of humor to deal with obstacles he faced. His stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life!

As he prepares for his May 7th major league debut at @Dodgers Stadium (it’ll be recorded for @Netflix!) Gabriel reflects on how he got this far:

❓ When you decided you wanted to become a comedian, what was the first step you took?

🗣️ The first step was just not to listen to those who discouraged me. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, they are your family and friends. People say you can’t beat having benefits and security. But for me, pursuing something that’s solid and safe can’t compare to the benefits of doing what you love.

❓ So when did you first decide not to listen to “playing it safe?”

🗣️ Hey, I’ve been not listening to people my whole life! But the comedy choice started in high school at Wilson. Through the “Exploratory Teaching” program I had the opportunity to go to college for teaching on a scholarship, if I agreed to come back and teach in LBUSD. But it wasn’t my passion.

So I started going to bars that had comedy nights, where I used this little bit I had, based off a monologue from my speech class. There wasn’t a lot of structure but I got laughs once I was on the mic.

My career took off fast; two months later, I was on the road. A comic who was hired openers said, “Hey, man, you’re funny! Can you go on at the beginning and do 15 minutes?” So I said sure - and the next thing I knew I was on my first trip ever to Tucson, Arizona! I got a free flight, free hotel, and $50. For only 10 minutes of work! And I was like, “Awesome.”

I still have a poster from that night—the first time of me being a comic. July 9, 1997.

Read more about local hero @fluffyguy on our blog! (Link in bio!!)

#lifeisgreatinthe908 #lb908 #gabrieliglesiasfluffy #fluffyguy

As a child, the joy of dancing and performing for an adoring captive audience ignited a passion for Hailey Stephenson] t...
04/21/2022

As a child, the joy of dancing and performing for an adoring captive audience ignited a passion for Hailey Stephenson] that led her to become a professional dancer 💃. Nevermind that the audience was her parents; the love she had for dance expanded over the years and it is what propelled Hailey to participate in every dance 🩰 group she could while growing up!

From NFL cheerleader, to Disneyland parade cast member, to concert backup dancer, and everything in between, Hailey has always had a joy and enthusiasm for performance and dance!

❓What purpose do you feel in your career?

💬 There is no greater feeling than experiencing the energy of an audience! I feel an immediate purpose every time I leave a performance and see the smiles on each audience member's face. A performance can connect with each person in the audience in such different ways. It can make them laugh or cry, it can connect them to a deep sentimental memory or remind them of a loved one, it creates a shared experience with everyone in the room which is such a beautiful thing! Dance and performance is art and it is also entertainment, which has gotten society through the hardest times in history. I feel so lucky to be able to have a passion that genuinely makes people happy!

❓What is the most exciting part of your day-to-day work?

💬 My day-to-day work is so drastically different to what you might imagine a “standard job’s” is. I first and foremost have to make sure that my body is in peak physical condition to be able to perform at a high and healthy level. It is a dream for me to be able to exercise, stretch, move, and feel healthy and great as part of my work! The most exciting part for me is getting to wear all the costumes and stage makeup, meeting like-minded co-workers and life long friends in my dance partners, being in front of a live audience regularly, and waking up in a different country everyday!

Read more about Hailey Stephenson] on our blog! (Link in bio!!)

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📖  Whoever penned the phrase “Once upon a time….” must have been an avid reader with some imagination! Just ask journali...
04/20/2022

📖 Whoever penned the phrase “Once upon a time….” must have been an avid reader with some imagination!

Just ask journalist @john_canalis, who grew up surrounded by literature and newspapers! 📚 📰 John’s love for the written word inspired him to try his hand at writing, and he ultimately became a reporter for the @PressTelegram! 📰

Raised in Santa Monica, John gravitated to his high school newspaper for a creative outlet and wrote general interest stories on art and entertainment. Eventually he made the move down the 405 freeway to attend Cal State Long Beach and found himself again around writing.

“I sort of stumbled into it,” John said. “At a friend’s suggestion, I began writing for an alternative weekly paper.”

In order to report for the campus paper, The @Daily49er, he had to enroll in Journalism classes as a requirement. Once immersed in the campus newsroom, John discovered how much he really took pleasure in it. Eventually he moved up to city editor, then editor-in-chief!

“I learned so much there,” John said. “Some journalists are shy; we’re readers and writers. Reporting is a different skill. It didn’t come naturally [to interview and ask questions]. But the job itself gave me the courage to overcome shyness.”

A graduate of Long Beach State’s Journalism & Public Relations Department, John worked for the Press-Telegram for 10 years in several roles, including reporter, business/city editor, assistant city editor, county government reporter, and writer for a weekly column, The Canalis Report, in which he wrote essays exploring topics around the city!

“It was a type of service Journalism, doing in-depth reporting on things about our local neighborhoods, a lot of ‘why is this the way it is?’ One of the most widely read stories was about why Long Beach had so many cracked sidewalks that weren’t fixed. It turned into an infrastructure project,” he said. “I really loved working there. I got to explore my own backyard and serve our readers.”

Read more about @john_canalis on our blog and what advice he has for anyone looking for that next lead!

#lifeisgreatinthe908 #longbeachca #lb908 #presstelegramlongbeach #lbc

The Dirty Verde: 🌯 🌮 🍩 Only the few and the proud have taken their body to the limit and completed the Dirty Verde.  All...
04/20/2022

The Dirty Verde: 🌯 🌮 🍩 Only the few and the proud have taken their body to the limit and completed the Dirty Verde. All 3 late night foods on Palo Verdes and Stearns in the same sitting 😏 Are you one of them??? 😂 😂 #908memes #lifeisgreatinthe908 #thedirtyverde #dirtverdes #longbeach #lbclocal #longbeachcalifornia #eastlongbeach #csulblife #lb908

Welcome to the neighborhood @chix_nashvillehotchicken, good to  see some hot chix on Palo Verde! 🥁 😂 Check out more high...
04/20/2022

Welcome to the neighborhood @chix_nashvillehotchicken, good to see some hot chix on Palo Verde! 🥁 😂

Check out more highlights of this delicious new fried chicken eatery in our stories! #chixnashvillehotchicken #lb908 #longbeach #lifeisgreatinthe908 #eastlongbeach

🎧 Ready to take your love of music to the next level?  🎼 @dj_tessa took what was once a ‘fun side hustle’ and turned it ...
04/19/2022

🎧 Ready to take your love of music to the next level?

🎼 @dj_tessa took what was once a ‘fun side hustle’ and turned it into a full-time business! Tessa’s a DJ and the founder of @prismdjs, a booking agency representing a diverse roster of women DJs. PRISM DJs' mission is to create a supportive network for women DJs and advocate for gender equality in the music industry. The agency provides services for private parties, weddings, retail and corporate events!

❓ What is the most exciting part of your day-to-day work?
💬 Every day is completely different. I love getting event inquiry emails and pairing clients with a DJ that is a perfect music match for their event. I love curating the perfect musical atmosphere for a client’s corporate event or wedding. I feel so fortunate that I can combine all my skills as part of my career!

❓ What sort of purpose do you feel in your job and/or why do you believe your line of work is important and meaningful?
💬 Women make up about 16% of the DJ industry. PRISM DJs have provided gig work for numerous women in the Greater Los Angeles area. I’ve also found that clients want to book women DJs; they simply didn't know where to find trusted, vetted, talented DJs. By running a company that solely books women DJs, we contribute to increasing the percentage of women who make up the DJ industry!

❓ For any students, age 12-18 who thinks your job sounds interesting, what advice would you give them to help them learn/train/explore your field?
💬 Teens love music and the thought of DJing! They could start by watching YouTube instruction videos. They may find inspiration on TikTok or Instagram. Access to equipment may be the biggest barrier, as it can be expensive. Students and parents can research local workshops or DJ classes open to teens. @beatjunkieios is a great place for in-person or online classes. PRISM DJs may even hold a workshop in Long Beach in the near future! I volunteered for @campspinoff in 2018 and 2019 (pre-pandemic) which is a DJ summer camp that offers scholarships to teens. It was such a cool experience!

Read more about @dj_tessa on our blog! (Link in bio!!) #lifeisgreatinthe908 #lb908 #longbeachmusic

🌴 Chasing your musical 🎶 dreams? Meet Chelsea Gwizdala] (Chelsea Stevens Gwizdala) from Long Beach!  Chelsea is a freela...
04/19/2022

🌴 Chasing your musical 🎶 dreams? Meet Chelsea Gwizdala] (Chelsea Stevens Gwizdala) from Long Beach! Chelsea is a freelance bassist, orchestrator, and music copyist working in many capacities throughout the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and beyond.

🎵 She performs live, records in studios, teaches and writes curriculum for various music programs, works with film and television composers, and gets to do what she loves every day. She's worked with artists like Beyoncé, Kanye West, Chloe x Halle, Postmodern Jukebox, Jessie Reyez, We Are King, Andrea Bocelli, and more, at venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Staples Center, the Dolby Theatre, the El Capitan Theatre, the Microsoft Theatre, the Disneyland Resort, Jazz Café (London), New Morning Jazz Club (Paris), as well as international tours in 14 countries. Phew! 😅 That’s pretty impressive!

🗣 “If I know one thing in my life is true, it’s that I would not be where I am today if I hadn’t grown up in Long Beach, California. I brag about my hometown every single chance I get. The diverse cultures, languages, upbringings, histories, and relationships of our people exist in a beautiful way that doesn’t exist anywhere else on Earth.”

“Long Beach fosters creativity, support, and community; the people you grow up with in the LBC are your family for life, and anyone you meet from Long Beach in other parts of the world are instantly your friend.”

☀️ Read more about Chelsea Gwizdala] on our website www.lb908.com #lifeisgreatinthe908 #longbeachca #lb908 #longbeachmusic #lbc

🌴 When Ricardo was younger, before he moved to the United States from Mexico, he had dreams of attending University of G...
04/16/2022

🌴 When Ricardo was younger, before he moved to the United States from Mexico, he had dreams of attending University of Guerrero to become an Agronomist - one who studies plants and uses science to develop new techniques for agriculture production to benefit society. Unfortunately, that dream was sidelined. But when he relocated to California, he found himself working as a driver for a nursery.

☀️ His old passion was rekindled, and soon he was working on the grounds and taking care of the plants. The seeds of his dreams that had been long dormant were ready to sprout. He became a sales representative and wanted to learn as much as he could. He studied and learned, and studied some more. He needed to know everything about the plants he was selling - the name (common and scientific), annual or perennial, shade or sun, on and on.

🌱 Due to the Big Freeze of 2007, the nursery where Ricardo worked was dying. The owner was ready to retire, telling him, “I’m too old to start
over.” Ricardo, at the age of 35, proclaimed, “I want to start now!” He bought the nursery, and @ricardosnursery was born!

🗣 “I drive around looking at the trees. Sometimes when I see a big, beautiful one, I’ll stop and talk to the homeowner about their tree. And maybe ask for a clipping,“ Ricardo says with a grin. As he walks around his large, nearly 9-acre nursery, he often stops - to pick some guavas, to help a caterpillar find its way, and to check on the many seedlings that he is growing in his greenhouse. Ricardo shares, “Plants are like babies. We raise them and take care of them.” And he is one proud papa!

🌊 Read the rest of RICARDO’S story on our website (LINK IN BIO) and follow along all month as we continue to highlight various individuals from Long Beach following their passions and finding their dream jobs!

#longbeach #lifeisgreatinthe908 #lb908 #ricardosnurserylongbeach

🌴 Q&A with @bethanyschoollb Principal Tonia Hill ❓ What sort of purpose do you feel in your job and/or why do you believ...
04/15/2022

🌴 Q&A with @bethanyschoollb Principal Tonia Hill

❓ What sort of purpose do you feel in your job and/or why do you believe your line of work is important and meaningful?

🗣 Being a Principal allows me the honor to make a difference with every enrolled student. Bethany school has three campuses; preschool, elementary and middle school. I am able to be a part of
the progression and growth of the students, in most cases from the formative years to
presecondary education and it is amazing. I ensure that my staff and I partner rigorous academia with morals and values. When you combine the two you create leaders. The leaders of Long Beach are being cultivated here at Bethany School and I could not be prouder to facilitate this.

❓What is the most exciting part of your day-to-day work?

🗣 The most exciting part of my day is interacting with the students. No matter if I am dancing with the preschoolers, talking to 7th grade students in my office, or if I am observing 5th graders learn math. Nothing makes me feel more complete than to see the heart of each child. I see them and I hear them.

❓Are there any organizations, communities, or movements that create synergy between you and others in your field, here in the city of Long Beach?

🗣 Community is vital to the culture and climate of Bethany School. It is important for students to see our campus partner with local organizations, our community helpers and local small businesses. Bethany School partners with the fire department, police department, Long Beach Health Department, Long Beach Rescue Mission, Long Beach Community Band, and more.
Each student must understand the importance of giving back to the community via their education. As each generation gives back, we ensure longevity and preservation for generations
to come!

☀️ Interested in becoming a principal or educator like Tonia? Read more of her interview at LB908.com 😊 #lifeisgreatinthe908 #longbeach #lb908 #bethanyschoollb #longbeachschools

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