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What’s the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

All of us are where we are today partly because of our own efforts and partly because of the advice, guidance, influence and inspiration provided by others.  At Voyage we have the good fortune of connecting with so many of the city’s hidden gems – from entrepreneurs and creatives to athletes, researchers and more.  We asked them a simple, but important question: what is the best advice, personal or professional, that you’ve ever received?

Liza Meza- Creator and Designer of Future Ancestors

Fitting in is just that; it is a preexisting mold and you are not simply existing, you are living, so LEARN to live unafraid of being yourself.

Stephen Keshi Jr – Dancer, choreographer and Behavioral Therapist

One of the best advice I had ever received was “You could let fear and insecurities can hold you back or you can be brave, let courage guide you to achieve your greatness dreams.”



The best advice that I’ve received is nothing worth keeping ever comes easily.

Lily Fassnacht – Photographer

The best advice I’ve received for both my personal and professional career is to always work hard for what you really want and love. Your performance will show through your continuous hard work. Always stay learning and building more knowledge in your line of work. Also be kind, stay humble, smile often and be thankful for everything you do.

3DRAC – Musical Artist

Also I just looked over some of the articles you guys have written and have done it looks real professional. I actually have a recording session coming up at Capitol Records for my new music, it would nice for you guys to come to the studio and interview me for a exclusive feature article. I can have the guys at Capitol Records film the interview.

Savannah Meyer – Actress & Model


The best advice I’ve ever received was when someone close to me once told me to do whatever made me happy, no matter how many people judged or laughed or disapproved. It’s seemingly simple advice but it took me a long time to really apply that to my life and to my career. As soon as I realized that I can truly live my life doing what I want to do, not just what I’m supposed to do, I flourished. I’ve never been happier and my career is thriving simply because I chose to follow my dreams; as cliche as that sounds.

Stephanie Perez | Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian

The best advice that I actually taught myself and many of my friends is that it’s okay to feel sorry for yourself sometimes. Whenever Something bothers me or goes wrong, i go home, eat great food lay in bed and watch a movie I love. Sometimes feeling sorry for ourselves is the best relief for getting over things.


Kaila Uli – Body Positive Model & Activist

Personally, the best advice I’ve gotten is “think about how it’ll make you feel after it’s over”. Imagine driving home alone in your car and reflecting on what has passed. Is it a good feeling? Or does it feel bad? That’s how I decide which actions, jobs, events, friendships and relationships to pursue.

Brian Friedman – Producer, Director, Choreographer, Creator, Dancer & Fashion Designer

My mother always told me as a child, “everything happens for a reason”. This is and will always be the best and most sound advice I have received. When life seems like it’s against me, I think of this and it changes my perspective and I get excited about the new path being carved out.

Yan Gorshtenin – Founder Of Scraper Worldwide/Records & Netlodge

One of the most personal and favorite piece of advise that was given to me was that to always keep your head up. No matter how dark the times are within your business or personal life, you can pull through it and be successful. Many people become successful from hard-work and dedication — so don’t give up when you’re almost there (little do you know, when you feel like giving up: it might be your biggest break).

Valorie Kondos Field, head coach of the seven-time NCAA Champion UCLA Women’s Gymnastics Team and Author of “Life is Short, Don’t Wait To Dance”

Legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach, John Wooden, taught me to encourage individuality, and that hard work, positive energy, joy, grit, and love are what you need to coach champions. From him, I learned the meaning of success.

Mimoda jazzo – mentor/wellness expert/dance teahcer /anti guru working from his and Mimoda studio

Ask God to send you not what you want but what you need.

Jason Trevor Miller – DJ/Producer/Label Owner & CEO of Software Consulting Firm

Don’t make assumptions. Communicating clear and concise expectations is the key to successful relationships.


Dr. Sahar Shafi -Periodontal and Implant Surgeon

Always do the right thing.


Bridget Wilmes – Actress & Entrepreneur

Stephanie Girard

Every rose has to deal with thorns as it blooms.

Noelle Miller, Opera and RnB Singer

Hair: @hairlala, Face: @Glam_boss, Wardrobe: @Jumar_Edward

The best advice I’ve received is to never settle, always choose.

Jessica Lee – Fashion, Beauty, and Food Blogger attending UCLA

(Something along the lines of) If you had $86,400 and someone stole $10, would you throw away $86,390?
Or move on and live? Right, move on and live. See, you have 86,400 seconds in each day. Don’t let someone’s negative 10 seconds run the remaining 86,390. Life is bigger than that.

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