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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.

C.C. Boyce

Boyce Studio began very organically. My dad was a woodworker, we had a wood shop in the basement while I was growing up. So I was very comfortable around tools and machinery from a very early age. I always liked building and fixing things, but it was always just a hobby as I worked as a commercial and voice over actor here in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Matthew Soson

Working in theatre and film has formed me into a creative swiss army knife. I’ve worked in a lot of different fields: as a theatre director, a photographer, website and graphic designer, film editor, cinematographer, writer, carpenter, and as a performer. Read more>>

Sarah Wallace

Sarah Wallace Life was in the making years before I even realized it. It started with a terrified, anxiety ridden, binge eating girl who had rapidly gained about 40lbs and was freaking out! That girl was me, Sarah Wallace. Read more>>

Gemini Ferrie

I came from a mother who unfortunately had a difficult relationship with men. She didn’t know how to be honest or how to ask for what she wanted. At 18 years old I found out that my father wasn’t really my father. This was of course, incredibly heart-breaking at the time. To this day I don’t know who he is and he doesn’t even know about me. Read more>>

Julie Sarton

Overall, we wanted a clinic like no other—a signature practice that would bear our name on the outside, and our vision of an extraordinary healing experience on the inside. In 1999, I took my first steps toward becoming a specialist in pelvic floor physical therapy. Read more>>

Johannes Luley

I started out as a session guitarist in Frankfurt, Germany. After my move to California I worked as a touring musician and later opened my first recording studio in 1997 in San Francisco. That year I began producing and engineering albums. Read more>>

Tiana Dawson

I started my company while I was going through a difficult time in my marriage. My now ex-husband and I weren’t seeing eye to eye, and I felt that I would go crazy if I didn’t find something to shift my focus to. That was 2 years ago, and now I am a traveling, published, lifestyle and portrait photographer. Read more>>

Laura Massino

After earning a Master’s Degree in architectural history, focusing on the architecture of Los Angeles, I had the idea that maybe other people would be interested in the unique architecture and history of L.A. What better way to see it than by driving around the diverse neighborhoods of the city? Read more>>

Krista Capo

No! No I can’t! Our story isn’t brief it is tiresome and filled with long suffering. There is nothing brief about it. Seizures since he was 10 months old with a 6 year reprieve from 12-18 and an autism diagnosis at 5.  Every seizure feels like an eternity and waiting and wondering for the next one to come seems longer than that. Read more>>

Cathy Gonzalez

I am the proud owner of Fitness Fun Boot Camp & Studio 30, The Kettlebell Fit Club. I currently run 4 boot camps and offer multiple kettlebell classes at my Studio. I attended boot camp myself for a few years before deciding that I wanted to teach my own camp. I got certified in 2009 and started my own business. Read more>>

Zachariah Griffin

The world of craft cocktails and bespoke libations takes a step back into history with The Volstead Act Company; an organic, prohibition era beverage syrup and bar services brand. Inspired by premium spirits and pre-prohibition cocktail ingredients, Volstead Act Co beverage syrup recipes are crafted to enhance the flavors and textures of the most complex, balanced and quality spirits. Read more>>

Melissa Rodriguez

I started my career working as a consultant for a big four public accounting firm. The early years of my professional career exposed me to countless Fortune 500 companies and their challenges. Three years ago, my career took me from one big city, Boston to another, now, Los Angeles. Read more>>

D. Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy is from New York. He has a lifelong interest in drawing and storytelling which led to a B.F.A degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. To prepare for his professional storyboarding career he attended film production classes at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Read more>>

Corinne Pulsinelle

At the age of 23, I began painting under the name Coco Nella while I was living in the Philadelphia area. In Art school I realized that I don’t necessarily strive to be in a gallery but rather a muralist and commissioned painter. I wanted my work to be a part of people’s everyday lives, not just those who frequent art openings. Read more>>

Lisa Young

I was working with a very well-known sports and entertainment company as one of their Associate Art Directors and feeling overly uninspired, VERY burnt out in my career and just creatively dull. After countless crying fits, sleepless nights, and tons of overtime at work, I decided to take a leap of faith and go out on my own. Read more>>

Sandra Espinoza

I was born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico; I immigrated to Los Angeles at 14 years old. My father was a tailor so I was exposed to fashion early on in my life. I studied at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; at the time they didn’t have a jewelry program like they do now so I graduated with a degree in Merchandise Marketing with dreams of becoming a Fashion Buyer. Read more>>

Donna Lazar

I began to love teaching at an early age – I can remember putting my little sister through many years of play “school” when we were young. While pursuing other passions in New York after graduating from NYU, I began teaching for one of the nation’s leading SAT programs. Read more>>

Scott Hoffman

We started in 2013 as a business opportunity (kind of like a franchise but no royalties and no rules), with no brand, logo, or website and built the business up from there. I originally left the CPG industry looking to get another W4 job and decided after looking at the travel and commuting I would have to do to get back into a role I wanted – and chose to stay close to home and start my own business. Read more>>

Johana Hernandez

Nominated by PEOPLE magazine en Espanol in 2014 “25 most powerful woman”, Latina Magazine “30 favorite stars under 30”, and Alegria Magazine, “10 most influential Latinas in Los Angeles”, Johana Hernandez was honored for her success as a hardworking and inspiring designer. Read more>>

Chris Martinez

After my Dad died of pancreatic cancer in 2007, I decided that I wanted to launch a print soccer magazine. Long story short, that failed miserably and I lost everything I had. I was so broke that I couldn’t take a $20 bill out of the ATM machine. I also had a ton of debt from the business. Read more>>

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