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Inspiring Stories from DTLA

The heart of our mission at VoyageLA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the LA’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out LA’s rising stars below.

Amanda Bomster-Jabs

I was born in South Korea and came to the States through adoption. I grew up with two older brothers who were also adopted from South Korea and as kids, we used to do a lot of activities together. From little league baseball to piano lessons. Read more>>

Laurel Lee and Sarah Spada

We met at a trade show in Vegas a few years ago and became friends over gin martinis while discussing how much the industry had shifted in such a short period, and how traditional wholesale was changing. Fast forward, two months later, we were working together. Read more>>

Steven Rousseau

I have always been into making things. I have always been an artist making clothes is another medium. My first medium is pencil then watercolor. The end of my junior year of high school. I had to think about college and I always wanted to be an engineer. Read more>>

Giovanny Cardenas

I was born in Queens, New York. However, having parents that split up when I was very young meant I grew up in between Queens and Oakland, CA. Growing up, I got the best of both coasts: street, smart-ass attitude from Queens and a chill and tolerant demeanor from laid back California. Read more>>

Corey S. Taylor

Life is a cycles. The last interview I did with voyage was three years ago. I was still living in Atlanta and spoke on my business as a fitness trainer and entrepreneur, my views on where the industry was heading and my plans for the future. It’s amazing being three years later and having done everything I said. Read more>>

Hazel Blachaz3

Hazel, more commonly known as “Blachaz3” (pronounced Black Haze), is a Ghanaian-American creative Entrepreneur based in the United States. Blachaz3 graduated from Fordham University with her master’s in international social work with a focus in social justice and leadership. Read more>>

JD* Nielsen

JD comes from a long deranged history of the fashion world. Originally in film school, he and a friend bought a sewing machine and started to create art on Tshirts by sewing on patches, tracing magazine photos with the thread and using an array of hand-cut stencils. Read more>>

Emily Gateley

I started off as a dancer, and through dance I met a photographer who wanted to shoot with me. I discovered that I really loved being in front of the camera. From there, I took some modeling classes, did a few runway shows and lots of collaborative shoots. I really fell in love with the artistic process and being able to make people’s visions a reality. Read more>>

Bria Williams

I’m a local Chicago entrepreneur. My photography business turned from a hobby to a lifestyle. I started my photography about business five years ago and have never looked back… My work ranges but is not limited to events like weddings, birthdays, baby showers. Read more>>

Olivia Panick

When I was just a little girl, I used to always tell my parents I wanted to be an artist. I would draw and paint on nearly everything. As I got older, I was always told that having a “real job” is what I need to do. So I put my dream of being an artist on the back burner. Read more>>

Jeffrey (Artis Jefe) White Jr.

I am from Toledo, OH (Da Mud), a place that if you want to do something with your life you have to move or you’ll get stuck. My parents divorced at age three. I am a momma’s boy so I always maintained a relationship with my mother (currently my best friend). Read more>>

2MRO (tomorrow)

I moved to LA about a year or so ago to pursue music. I pretty much started with nothing. I’m an independent artist working on starting my own label. I pay for everything on my own anyway so I might as well do it the right way. Read more>>

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