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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.

Benjamin Page

Like many young people today, I graduated High School without knowing what I was good at and what skill defined me as a person. I wasn’t sure if I had anything to offer this world. The first year of college I took as many elective classes as possible from film history, fencing to painting to see what my “true calling” might be. Read more>>

Lauren Whitney Pennington

I grew up in the south, (Jackson, Mississippi) where it is extremely hot and humid and my skin was always insanely dewy from all of the moisture in the air. Once I moved to LA, my skin became needy. The dry air was new to me and my skin suffered. Read more>>

Carla Bianca Ravanes Higham

I have always been a huge lover of good storytelling and maybe that’s the reason why I become a writer and a publicist. I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and I graduated with a degree in Business Administration Major in International Marketing and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations. Read more>>

Josh Gray-Emmer

I’ve always been a social person, so the journey to where I’ve gotten today is really just a series of adventures with some amazing friends and colleagues. Those adventures first took off at the age of 13 when Robert Redford invited me and twenty of my friends to The Sundance Film Festival. Read more>>

Ryan – Gordon Jackson

Being a third-generation designer, my story has roots that go back fairly far. I am the first American born to a family from England and lived in London for a time as a child. My passion for design was born of my background in Art History and was then realized with an internship I took after school at an interiors firm. Read more>>

Vasile Tiplea

I studied Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Orange County. The 1st month in school, I landed my very first freelance design job designing DVD covers for a company called Electric Pictures. I remember I was so scared as I did not want to disappoint the client. Read more>>

Bella Ivory

I begin my journey in the fashion industry as a child model and by the time I was in Jr. High, I knew that I wanted to become a fashion designer. My Dad was a very talented sketch artist and loved playing around on his guitar. He was a natural artist and a self-taught guitar player whose creative talents I greatly admired. Read more>>

Jaimi Alexander

I clearly remember visiting my mom’s house after what I felt at the time were SO many failed attempts at business and just sitting there like, “I officially do not know what to do anymore, I’m at the end of my rope.” I said a prayer of surrender. Read more>>

Rob Rowe and Rhonda Reynolds

As a little boy, my Mom would take me to one of her favorite restaurants for cabbage soup, Kip’s, owned by Rhonda’s grandparents. We like to say our eyes met across the crowded dining room when we were toddlers, though we didn’t meet until years later in college – at a restaurant where Rob was cooking buffalo wings and Rhonda was waiting tables. Read more>>

Liora Froindlikh

I’ve been in the world of jewelry my entire life. My earliest memory as a toddler is taking a nap under my mom’s desk in her first jewelry store. Later in my 20s I went to Florence, Italy to study gemology. I have been designing fine jewelry ever since! Read more>>

Joseph Ferrugio

When I moved to Los Angeles in 2002 for a screenwriting career, I found myself designing landscapes in Silverlake. I had a really ugly front yard, with weeds and no design or thought, so I asked the landlord if I could spruce it up and then the neighbor asked me to do hers, then referred me to someone else and it just kept snowballing. Read more>>

Heide Jimenez

I am 41 yrs. old, I am a single mom of 2 daughters 23 and 14. I started this business without thinking it through I took a risk and I am loving it! I was living in Arizona in 2015 and I’ve always sold natural products/vitamins/supplements and would post them on Facebook one of the products that I was promoting very much was the CLEAN 9 that helps DETOX your body and loose up 9 lbs. in 9 days. Read more>>

Jorga Houy

My parents were professional ballet dancers and raised me with a love of creative, expressive movement and athleticism. In my early 20s, I had a spiritual awakening which lead me to study shamanism for a period of 5 years which left me with the knowledge that my purpose was helping others. Read more>>

Todd Schireson

Abell Auction Company has been in Los Angeles since 1916, and I am the third generation in my family to work for the company. We were the first building burned down in the 1992 West Adams Rodney King Riots and moved to the City of Commerce soon after. I began working at Abell shortly after college, and I am now the Vice President of the company. Read more>>

Gil Perez

Born in Mexico, lived in East LA since I was 6 years old and grew up in Boyle Heights. While on my Junior year at Roosevelt High, I was offered to take a newly created class that focused on website design and website development after that I was introduced into what the World Wide Web was and the capabilities you can achieved this was back in 1999. Read more>>

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