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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.

Eddie Jelinet

I started my art career at a very young age, I painted my first mural painting at the age of 10. Then I went to the institute of the arts in Mexico, but my true passion for art it was when I discovered the library, I went every day and search for the art story of the world, I saw so much wonderful art, and so many artists stories through the ages, the evolution of art. Read more>>

Maya Umemoto Gorman

I have been involved with the Arts all my life. When I was three years old, my parents enrolled me in my first Ballet class. After that, my love for the Arts was solidified. Until I was 18, I trained strictly in dance; Ballet, Contemporary, you name it. I was first introduced to the camera when I was a teenager because my dad ran his own production company. Read more>>

Lasse Elkjaer

I fell in love with movies as a kid, though it was first in my early twenties that I fully understood it was the music in movies that my heart was beating for. I still remember the turning moment, when I picked up a book with interviews with Hollywood Composers at my local library and realized that I could relate to their words more than anything else in the world of music. Read more>>

Aby Kane

I started my business in July of 2018. As a longtime lover of fashion, I have been helping friends and family with fashion tips for longer than I can remember. My mom encouraged me to turn my passion into a business hence, flyasaby was born as a Style Consultant business, with services varying from Wardrobe Styling, Personal Shopping, Creative and Art Directing, Production and Styling for photoshoots and events. Read more>>

Brandy Michaud

I initially left my hometown Novato, CA to go away for college in Los Angeles, CA. I knew I wasn’t going to find my sense of purpose and identity if I stayed at home. I was ready for an exciting college experience. I remained focus for the first three years of school, majoring in biology then switching to radiology. Peers in school would continue to ask me if I was in the wrong class and they would assume that I was a fashion design major. Read more>>

Andy Audate

Born in Boston from two Haitian immigrants, at seven years old I moved to Rhode Island. My youth education took place in the local Catholic elementary and middle schools in my town. During my early teenage years, I wanted “things.” Those things consisted of clothes, disposable money for fun, electronics and other unnecessary objects. Read more>>

Xu Han

I have worn a “cocoon” that I knitted by myself for 21 Days, including eating, transportation, traveling, attending class and sleeping. I forbid to speak during these days; instead I wrote or used devices’ system voice instead. I need to write in my diary every day about how my perception of myself changes, how my communication with others changes, and events in my immediate experience. Read more>>

Hafsatu Kamara

Growing up, I always pictured myself in the role of a doctor; majoring in medicine, attending medical school, specializing in pediatric or orthopedic, the whole nine. But as I continued my journey in college, I realized a hospital wasn’t the setting for me. Not because I didn’t have the stomach for it or the academic capabilities: I don’t mind the sight of blood and I was ace’ing most of my college course while barely studying. Read more>>

Dr. Gregory Canillas

I currently serve as President & CEO of Soul 2 Soul, a company that provides couples and parenting retreats. Our mission is to help people to create better, healthier romantic and parental relationships. We employ a holistic model that utilizes the most cutting edge research from family systems and psychodynamic theories to assist individuals, couples and parents to experience more fulfilling, harmonious relationships. Read more>>

Jet Lexon

From the beginning, music has always been a healing force in my life that has got me through many challenging situations. Music is a safe space to be yourself, be creative, and to follow your dreams regardless of what others think of you. My love of music started outside of Bangkok, Thailand, where I grew up. In 8th grade, I happened to find an abandoned saxophone. Read more>>

Haley Smith

I grew up with a single mother who knew very little about hair and didn’t have the funds to take me to the hair salon. At age seven, I realized I had two choices, either learn to do my own hair or look crazy for the rest of my life. From second grade on, I became my own stylist; this was noticeable up until ninth grade. Eventually, my pain became my passion. Read more>>

Gustavo Servin

My business partner and I started Seasons in 2017. We met at a bar through a mutual friend of ours. After many nights of going out to drinks we figured that we had similar interest as well as complementary skills. I was 22 years old, and not sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Creating a clothing brand seemed challenging as well as fun, and I was up for the challenge. Read more>>

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