Young individuals are making their marks in every field. Whether in the music industry, business world, politics, finance, real estate, technology and innovation, or education, there are noteworthy individuals that deserve recognition. Their commitment to make positive changes and impact the next generation is what put them to the places they are now. And it is even more notable that they’ve achieved such heights before they turn 30. Here is LA Wire’s 30 Under 30 individuals:
- Chance The Rapper
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Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, popular for his rap name Chance The Rapper, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and philanthropist. The 27-year-old musical icon is behind the hit songs “No Problem,” “Cocoa Butter Kisses,” “Hot Shower,” “Same Drugs,” and many more. Although coming from a middle class family, Chance The Rapper worked hard for his craft and is now one of the most famous rappers in the musical world. His perseverance and craft has brought him popularity and massive success. In 2017, he snatched a place in Forbes’ Top 100 Celebrity Earners with over $33 million in revenue.
- Casey Adams
Casey Adams is the founder of PodSwipe and the host of the business podcast Rise of The Young. Through his podcast, Casey has sat down with world-class individuals like the broadcasting legend Larry King, the owner of the National Basketball Association’s Houston Rockets Tilman J. Fertitta, Billionaire founder of Shutterstock Jon Oringer, record executive Rick Ross, author Robert Greene, former Federal Bureau of Investigation hostage negotiator Christopher Voss, Maye Musk, among many other notable figures.
Over the past three years, Casey has traveled all over the United States sitting down with high level entrepreneurs, executives, and musicians.
- Anthony Mendez
Anthony Mendez is a health and fitness entrepreneur and a Puma athlete with 10+ years of experience. His primary focus is business coaching for health and fitness coaches who are looking to take their online business to the next level using the power of social media to generate 6 figures or more a year!
Anthony’s also the co-host of the Sweat It Out Podcast, which talks about health, fitness, entrepreneurship, business, and mindset. He’s appeared in publications like Forbes, Entrepreneur Print, Bloomberg, Men’s Health Magazine, Men’s Journal, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports, Future Sharks, Thrive Global, NY Weekly, LA Weekly, and La Progressive.
- Ariana Grande
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Before becoming a popular icon in the music industry, Ariana Grande has worked in different fields. She sang for the South Florida Philharmonic and held the role of Charlotte in the Broadway Musical 13. Ariana also voiced for the Nickelodeon series Winx Club and appeared in several television productions. In 2013, she released her debut album Yours Truly, followed by another album, My Everything. After the release of her second album, with hit singles like “Break Free” and “Problem,” her popularity was unstoppable. She’s won Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, American Music Awards, and a whole lot more. Recently, she released her new album, Positions, with tracks that will most likely climb the global charts. In 2019, her revenue was placed around $77 million.
- Rodrigo Castillo
Rodrigo Castillo is the CEO and founder of Ideal Physiques, Arizona’s top personal training company. Since its inception in 2017, Rodrigo has provided his clients with a wide range of services, including nutrition, digital coaching, in-person training, and a brand-new fitness concept called Sculpt Kickboxing to clients worldwide.
Rodrigo has quickly risen above his competitors and gained a reputable name in the personal training community. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Rodrigo was able to quadruple his business, expand further in the Phoenix-Metro area, open more employment opportunities for expert trainers, and bring in over 150 new clients.
In the future, Rodrigo Castillo envisions Ideal Physiques as a national sensation throughout the United States. Ultimately, he hopes for his brand to become trusted and recognized for effectively changing the lives of his clients.
- Sarah Scott-Castillo
At 25, Sarah Scott-Castillo was named the Chief Marketing Officer of HOAMCO; a Homeowners Association Management Company managing over $65 billion in combined property value. Sarah has been instrumental in new business marketing development, managing seminars, and expanding HOAMCO’s branding reach across both digital and print marketing platforms for their 15 office locations across 5 states. Sarah pioneers marketing data analysis for expansion into new territories and oversees HOAMCO’s Education Division, creating and overseeing corporate training globally.
Sarah has effectively helped HOAMCO to reach a record setting year in growth, opening offices in two new states—Colorado and Nevada—and expanding management into diverse communities ranging in size, structure, and lifestyle, from master planned communities to high rises to multi-family homes and condominiums.
- Zachary Sarf
Young entrepreneur Zack Sarf is the founder and CEO of Create Every Opportunity Inc. (CEO) and FlipFlop LLC (FlipFlop). Demonstrating an extensive history of working in several business areas, Zack is able to run two successful businesses simultaneously.
As the CEO of FlipFlop LLC and managing director and CFO of Create Every Opportunity Inc., Zack loves to work with like-minded individuals, visionaries, and business men and women to find solutions to everyday problems faced by the world.
The Michigan State University Graduate currently draws the help from top industry leaders such as the likes of Mayor Francis Suarez of Miami and John Catsimatidis, a famous American billionaire.
- Jalen Chatman
From Inglewood, California, the 21-year-old fashion entrepreneur Jalen Chatman started his clothing brand, JU$T CA$H, in May of this year. Jalen currently plays football at Portland State University. JU$T CA$H started after the pandemic halted schools from doing their usual routines. Football activities were canceled, and he was sent home back to LA, which granted him a lot of free time. Jalen took the opportunity to build something for himself, which led to him to create a business. His mission is to inspire people to “Chase A Bag” and motivate them to gain knowledge of financial literacy and achieve generational wealth.
- Taylor Clark
Taylor, at 22, helped millions through her viral moment with Gary Vaynerchuk on the AskGaryVee show. Since that “Ultimate Advice” moment, she’s only become more in alignment with who she is at her core—an ambitious badass business woman bold enough to go after her dreams, transparent enough to document the journey, and courageous enough to be vulnerably open in her journey of self love and confidence.
She’s since founded a digital community, The Digital Era, full of entrepreneurs and digital freelancers. She’s been on numerous podcasts, mentioned in published books, and articles about her journey in HuffPost. So many find themselves following her journey to help them on their own path. She now travels the world and invites her followers along on the journey to help them in their own self-discovery. Now 26, she’s on the brink of taking her life to a whole new level and expanding to YouTube.
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- Eric Wang
Eric Wang is the owner of a multi six-figure agency that he started when he graduated college. The 23-year-old Missouri native started running Facebook advertisements and experimenting with digital marketing at a young age of 15 for his family business. Now, the company he has built works with solar companies to scale their investments tenfold. The 7-man team that Eric spearheads was able to generate a solar company an extra $70,000 only after a month working with them, and they are increasing their clientele by the day.
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- Troy Sandidge
Troy Sandidge is an elite marketing strategist, international speaker, podcaster, and investor who has made a name for himself in the digital marketing world maximizing engagement and revenue for growing SMBs and national brand enterprises through his D.A.R.T. Marketing Methodology™.
As a former Vice President of a Chicago creative agency and current Chief Strategy Officer of a national brand agency, he has served as a strategist and consultant for various brands worldwide. The personalized marketing systems and strategies Troy develops for executives and brands have cumulatively generated millions for companies he has partnered with.
- Tevin Everett
Tevin Everett is an African-American filmmaker from Wilmington, Delaware, born on October 3, 1991. After serving as an intelligence specialist in the Navy for 8 years, Tevin moved to Los Angeles where he began writing several screenplays for TV shows and feature films. Tevin then set his sights on ownership and created the A Tevin Everett Jawn production company.
Tevin made his directorial debut in January 2020 with his short film The Don’t Call List. Followed by a short film called Control which he shot during quarantine and which has received multiple awards on the festival circuit. Tevin’s latest project, Diversity Hires, calls out America’s hiring practices when it comes to people of color.
Tevin plans to write, direct, and produce several more socially relevant TV shows and films in the future to inspire people like himself to tell their original stories.
- Tawni Schall
Tawni Schall is the founder and CEO of Kōkua, the eco-conscious brand on a mission to alleviate the global water crisis. Every 90 seconds, a child dies of water related illness. Women and children walk (on average) 4 miles a day to fetch dirty and unsafe water. Tawni wanted to change the world for the better and provide a way to get involved. In 2017, she launched Kōkua, where 10% of profits from every sale is donated to water projects to change lives in a meaningful way. To date, Kōkua has saved thousands of lives, all thanks to the incredible followers of the brand.
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- Britton Briley
The 27-year-old Britton Briley is the principal of Ghost Marketing LLC, the fastest growing digital marketing agency in the SouthEast. Besides his complete dedication to their clients at Ghost Marketing, Britton describes himself as a family man above all else with his wonderful wife, Danielle, and daughter, Bella. Britton is a simple guy who just loves working out, digital marketing, and tattoos. Showcasing what his company can do for businesses is what drives him everyday and seeing the success behind the scenes fills him with pride—knowing that he is doing the right thing for his family, his career, and his clients.
- Yaakoub Hijazi
When he was still 19, Yaakoub Hijazi dropped out of college so he could run their family business. This burden came after his father died. But Yaakoub persevered. Now his company, The American Laundry, is the largest commercial laundry establishment in New York City. The revenue of the company is estimated to be at $100 million. The American Laundry is a partner to many major hotels and other hospitality companies in the city.
- Rachel Lang
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Rachel Lang is the Manager for Education Products for Learning Tree and a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory on Sustainability (SACS). As a social and environmental justice advocate, Rachel collaborates with educators all over with a mission to create a new generation of sustainability leaders. Every year, through Education Products for Learning Tree, Rachel reaches 30,000 educators. She believes that education should be inclusive and intersectional; this should be the approach that educators must adapt. Rachel also offers EE expertise to SACS and conducts education training and speaks for conferences.
- King Princess
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King Princess is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who started playing music at an early age. Born Mikael Straus, King Princess is a gay and genderqueer artist who is behind several singles like “1950,” “Hit The Back,” “Prophet,” “Ain’t Together,” and many more. Her breakthrough single, “1950,” allowed her to catch the attention of music enthusiasts. In 2019, she released her debut album, Cheap Queen, with singles including “Prophet,” “Homegirl,” and “If You Think It’s Love.” King Princess has also worked with Mark Ronson. As an artist, she is influenced by the likes of Perfume Genius, Nick Cave, Beyoncé, and Dolly Parton.
- Ki’Amber Thompson
Ki’Amber Thompson has been making her way forward to a better next generation through environmental education curriculums and teaching young students the value of environmental stewardship. The 25-year-old Texas native is the founder of Charles Roundtree Bloom Project where she reaches out to young people and inspires them to work toward a better community and a better world. She said, “I am using education to create access to healing through nature and to support the development of the next generation of leaders who will make a positive impact in the world we share.”
- Johanan Dujon
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Johanan Dujon is the founder of Algas Organics, the first indigenous agriculture biotech firm in the Carribean that combats invasive seaweed in the area. The Algas Organics is a gem in the Carribean since its economy is highly dependent on tourism. Since it was created in 2015, Algas Organics processed over two million pounds of seaweed. The harvested invasive plants are converted into organic pesticides, fertilizers, and fungicides. This year, the company is estimated to reach over $2 million in revenue.
- Zach Kardisch
Zach Kardish works as a talent manager in Maverick, a talent agency founded in 1992. Maverick has several arms, including a recording company, a film production arm, music publishing, television production, and even a Latin division. As a talent manager, Zach was able to collaborate with Noah Cyrus and “Old Town Road” hitmaker Lil Nas X. With his resourcefulness, Lil Nas X amassed a pretax estimated to be valued at $14 million. This achievement earned him a spot in the 30 Under 30 Music Class of 2020 as one of the individuals with the highest earning power.
- Marcus Rosten
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Marcus Rosten believes that education is important; and he is using this to inform people about environmental justice and breed a new generation of environmental-friendly individuals. Marcus is a naturalist who advocates for the health of a community by educating on the proper management and conservation of waterways and effective use of land. He teaches at the Young Environmental Leaders and works with the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper where they counter environmental hazards. Together with the organizations, Marcus discovers the hazards, explains them, and works their way toward its resolution.
- Brianna Amingwa
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Brianna Amingwa is the Environmental Education Supervisor at US Fish and Wildlife Service. She uses her occupation to highlight the local environment and teaches people of all ages to build a more friendly and safe approach toward the environment. Brinna is an engaging person who is adept at making people create moments of deep appreciation to the environment. Working at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Brinnia assists in the goal to collaborate, share resources using the best practices, and craft national education strategies.
- Henry Elkus
Henry Elkus is the founder of Helena, a company that advocates for a myriad of global causes. Helena collaborates with many industry professionals and like-minded individuals to come up with projects and meaningful events that target and address critical societal issues that are of global importance. Recently, Helena launched a COVID-19 response program where they purchase and distribute millions of medical supplies to heavily affected areas. Other projects spearheaded by Helena include America in One Room, Shield, and Factory in the Sky.
- Winnie Karanja
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Women of color have had the hardest time asserting themselves in different fields. While the gap is slowly narrowing, with different meaningful movements being recognized by the international community, discrimination toward people of color is still evident. This is a reality that Winnie Karanja decided to fight. Founding Maydm, Winnie trains and equips young girls of color so they can rise up and excel in different fields, particularly the skills related to technology and innovation. Since its inception, in November of 2015, Winnie has grown Maydm to become a place of reformation and development.
- Samir Lakhani
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Samir Lakhani is the founder and executive director of Eco Soap Bank. The 28-year-old social entrepreneur uses his organization to promote healthy practices and sanitation through recycling and distribution of soap to impoverished areas. Samir found out that only 1% of households in the developing world have access to soap. And seeing the effects of sanitation to communities through six years of non-profit work, Samir founded Eco Soap Bank. His efforts to combat a social problem has earned him recognitions like the CNN Heroes Award, Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Award, and Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
- Danya Sherman
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Back in 2016, while she was studying abroad, Danya Sherman was taken advantage of by someone slipping a drug into her drink. To her, it was a traumatizing experience; but she is using her experience to advocate against drug-facilitated crimes and/or assaults. Danya founded KnoNap, a cocktail napkin that changes color when someone drops small amounts of liquid with drugs into the drink. This innovation has helped women and other individuals from experiencing the same crime that Danya underwent in the past. The breakthrough has given her numerous awards and membership including Halcyon Fellow, Future Founders Fellow, Washington Life’s 2017 Technology 25 Innovators and Disruptors, Cafe 100’s 2018 Change Maker, and Toyota’s 2018 Mother of Invention. Recently, she was featured in Forbes Magazine as one of its 30 Under 30.
- Simon Gebrelul
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Simon Gebrelul is the founder of Isla Management, an entertainment agency that manages several up-and-coming artists in the music industry. Simon is the manager of the award-winning Grammy songwriter Boi-1da. Since it was founded, Isla Management has negotiated over $24 million for managing clients. The 29-year-old music entrepreneur is a college dropout and has managed the NBA star Tristan Thompson. After making his way into music, he is now experiencing massive success.
- Joseph Harris
Creative Artists Agency, founded in 1975, has positioned itself to be a global headquarters for talents, brands, and enterprises. CAA has represented industry leaders like actors, directors, writers, producers, musical artists, comedians, authors, athletes, coaches, broadcasters, teams, leagues, chefs, designers, fashion talent, consumer brands, and more. One of its agents, Joseph Harris, is one that represents the goal of CAA excellently. When they worked for CAA in 2013, he was able to secure deals with global icons like Cardi B and Ludacris. Joseph has over eight figures worth of deals and negotiations in his portfolio.
- Nija Charles
Nija Charles is an artist who has worked with some of the most recognizable and award-winning artists in the music industry. At only 23, Nija wrote with Beyonce and Jay-Z for “About Us” and “LoveHappy.” She also wrote Cardi B’s “Ring” and “I Do,” as well as Drake’s “No Guidance.” As a Grammy-winning songwriter, artist, and record producer, Nija Charles is up for more big projects with big names in the future. At the latest, she sang with Beyonce and Tierra Whack for the Lion King track, “My Power.”
- Marya Dzmitruk
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Prodsmart, co-founded by Marya Dzmitruk, is a leader in innovative and state-of-the-art software creation companies that catapults small- to medium-sized businesses to greater heights. It was founded in 2018, and has since then helped several companies like Science4You, sonafi, IG Masonry Support, etc. to scale their revenue by crafting management softwares custom-fit for each company. Prodsmart has over $5 million in funding, and this year, their revenue is expected to grow to $2.3 million.