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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.


I decided to stop complaining about the quality of the DJs I would hear while out and become the type of DJ me and my girls always craved. I’ve grown up around highly influential music all of my life which is the foundation for my eclectic palette for sounds and vibrations. So, I began making mixes in my bedroom and gathering friends around to DJ sets for them. Read more>>

Gabriela Downie

I think the most influential family tradition we practiced, however, was going to the AMC theater in Burbank. We’d go almost every weekend. We loved going out to eat, then watching movies as a family. One time, when we were driving back to Glendale, my father drove past an animation studio, and my sister and I started to really gush over what we saw next… A giant display of familiar cartoon characters leaping out, in a building display piece. Read more>>

Sarah Marie Van de Kamp

My first introduction to creative writing and poetry was a class in fifth grade. I remember our first assignment clearly. My poem read “Green summer grass, under my feet, soft as cotton.” The felt a thrill when I put those simple words together. I had been home-schooled before that year and pointedly asked my mom, “Why did you never tell me about this!?” when I got home that day. She took the inquisition with grace. Read more>>

Chrishon Lampley

Lampley leverages her platform to mentor young women and budding entrepreneurs who can benefit from her lessons and her success. She gives her time and resources greatly to nonprofit organizations through sponsorship and speaking engagements. Lampley has mentored youth through Urban Broadcast Media, Chicago Sky and Polished Pebbles to encourage Chicago’s youth. She is a member and supporter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Read more>>

Maxi Tone

I was fortunate to have a couple of people that helped me along the way and paved the way for me to network to some important clients. here are three personal things that I think helped me achieved what I have done; my passion for work, focus and being likable and kind to others. Being likable is very important since we as make up artist are in everyone’s personal space when we do our job. Read more>>

Erica Weitz

At 17, I found myself in Haiti with a camera in my hand. It was a turning point for me for many reasons. I realized I knew nothing, and that photography would be one of my teachers. It allowed me a direct connection with people and to have an energetic exchange when language failed. Each roll of film stored information about things I wanted to understand, so I kept shooting. I earned my BFA in painting and photography from Xavier University while traveling every chance I could. Read more>>

Donielle Jackson

I’ve been a makeup artist for eight years now. My love for makeup came to me when I was 15. I remember my sister Brittany came home with a few of her friends and they all worked at mica beauty kiosk in our local mall. All I can remember is a bag full of pigments pouring on to my sister’s bed, and I was blown away by the colors. Read more>>

Jonathan Cruz

I picked up my first DSLR camera back in 2010. As soon I got it I signed up for a photography class. I was super excited to start learning the ins and out of my camera and start my photography journey. What I didn’t realize was that the class I signed up for was a black and white film class. I was super embarrassed by my mistake. I ended up buying a film camera to be able to stay in the class. Read more>>

Mike Suede

We started off as a podcast to be able to express our opinion and showcase local talent/music. After a couple of dry runs, as a collective, we knew so many people who were trying to get creative movements – community causes or small businesses off the ground. We began to focus on that, and hence The Lokel (local) Show was born. Read more>>

Andrea Knopf

I never went to school for Fashion Design. In fact, I was a Dance and Graphic Design double major (SO random) at Loyola Marymount University. It was my Senior year in college, and I took over a friend’s paid internship at a Denim factory in Vernon because I thought “Hey, why not try something new?” That was a time when Premium Denim was at its peak, and it was all about Citizens of Humanity, seven for all Mankind, Hudson Jeans, etc. Read more>>

Phillip Rosenberg

Angele, my co-founder and sister, and I have very different academic and professional backgrounds, but we share a common passion for art. I started off on a more traditional path, and after graduating from Princeton with a degree in economics, I started working in finance in NYC. However, after three years I realized that the conventional corporate world wasn’t for me. Read more>>

Romain Ranciere

I am currently teaching Economics at USC where I am the Vice-Chair of the Department of Economics. I shall become Chair next year, and I will start a new program: Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in the model of Oxford and Cambridge. We live in Eagle Rocki in a mid-century home surrounded by a large garden (1.25 acres) which spread over the hill… In my free time, I enjoyed gardening, reading Marcel Proust and watching old Renoir movies. Read more>>

Adam Vine

I come from a background in political media and issue-based advocacy, with a focus on criminal justice reform and drug policy reform. As the legalization of adult use cannabis began to spread. My co-founder Andrew and I saw the necessity of making sure that communities of color, which have been disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs, are reaping the benefits of the emerging cannabis industry. Read more>>

Jaimi Alexander

I’m a social butterfly who has always enjoyed a good social gathering. To me, there is nothing better than getting a bunch of great people together to share in uplifting conversation and laughter especially if there is also food involved. Hollywood absolutely sets the scene for amazing spaces to get together with friends and have a good time. I was the girl who was definitely out four nights a week enjoying clubs, lounges and the best mansion parties this city has to offer. Read more>>

Natalie Torres_Haddad

I began creating bilingual content and presenting to companies and schools that needed to learn about financial literacy and the importance of incorporating every day, and I managed to make it fun and relevant. A dream come true job that I get to travel and work all over the country advocating what I am so passionate about. Read more>>

Tajana Bunton-Williams

I am a dancer originally from London who has always had a dream of dancing on big stages and traveling the world. My career was off to a good start, with my first job out of University being The Lion King. My prior training was heavily in ballet and contemporary which was a perfect fit for The Lion King, but I knew that should I want to work commercially I would have to train. Read more>>

Jared Varava

In late 2003, when I was twenty-two, I traveled half the country west and arrived in Silver Lake (back when The Satellite was called Spaceland and “Leatherfest” was still a thing), pawned my beloved 1971 Karmann Ghia and used that pittance to make a short film. The result, seventeen minutes of celluloid (35mm film stock!) went on to play at festivals (et al.) and open doors to meetings with agents and executive-types. That was all good fun – strange but certainly fun – Read more>>

Nate Ward

We began playing shows down here under the name The Salty Spittoons (I know its pretty greasy haha) and met our bass player Cameron. He happened to catch us at the Hotel Café, and we immediately bonded over music and bands like The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead. He soon joined and brought along his lifelong-friend, Stew, with him. They had played together in various bands and already had a strong musical bond. Read more>>

Charles Lee

For over 20 years, we have worked in Los Angeles’ Fashion Industry being a supplier to major retail stores throughout the U.S. Each year; we struggled to manage the excess inventory and samples left over from the previous season. These excess goods very often have to exported out of the U.S. or even worse, disposed of, causing tremendous environmental waste each year. The sheer volume of this excess is what makes the problem so challenging. Read more>>

Annie Florendo

I attended college in Bakersfield and became a teacher. After teaching for several years, I felt my passion was not being fulfilled. My passion was in farming. I moved back home to Dinuba and began an internship with a nearby farmer. One year later, I purchased land to create my own organic farm, and Sweet Tree Farms was born. Read more>>

Marnee Carpenter

Helping each unique dog build trust, confidence, and understand boundaries allowed me to help adopters and other dog owners with their personal challenges. I created Ok9 Consultation to offer support that goes beyond the basic obedience class. I wanted to design solutions for families that had bigger hurdles by taking the time to understand their dog’s needs and make life at home a little easier for the whole family. Read more>>

Christopher Sayegh

I first started out studying molecular cell biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As I experimented with cannabis, I took a first-hand approach to understanding the true nature of the plant and how it affected the body. What I uncovered through my studies was that Cannabinoids and Hemp, in general, were extremely versatile and useful for the human race. Read more>>

Sam Barsh

My musical journey began when I wrote my first song at the age of two while getting my diaper changed. It was called “Grouches Need a Friend.” Not a chart-topping smash, but enough to encourage my parents to put me in piano lessons. I took classical and general piano lessons from age four to 11, then I switched to a jazz teacher, which is when I really started to get inspired. Read more>>

Jeremy Moore

Working in the apparel industry for ten+ years I wanted to start a business that catered to the millennial generation while also appreciating the early influences of our childhood. Hence our ever-growing roster includes your favorite 80’s and 90’s labels such as Fila, Champion, Calvin Klein, Kappa, and Tommy Hilfiger. Read more>>

Ericka Coulter

Where do I start… I moved to Los Angeles straight out of high school and hit the ground running. My journey is quite unique; went to college for fashion and ended up in music. I got my first shot as an A&R in 2013 and have been fortunate enough to work with some of the most amazing artists throughout my career so far. I learned a lot and in that saw what was missing in the music industry, which led to me starting TheBasement in 2017. Read more>>

Keyana Franklin

The idea for Kidz Con started to sprout in my head when I began realizing trying to shop for your kids while they’re tagging along is quite the struggle. There’s nowhere you can go and get everything done all in one-stop, and the majority of the time kids are getting antsy and aren’t enjoying the experience. Read more>>

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