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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.

Super Waxx

I got started as an artist at a very young age. I learned a lot about art and creativity while watching animated cartoons, collecting comic books, instructional art books, and watching instructional art programming on PBS. Read more>>

Roxy Rodriguez

I began taking photos in high school. I would photograph my friends mostly and any wannabe model who would let me take their picture. I started venturing outside of my small circle and offering my services to strangers and businesses. Read more>>

Colleen Corcoran

In 2009, I had just finished my MFA in graphic design at CalArts. I was working in the in-house design studio at Metro (the LA County transit agency), where I learned a lot about the power of a clear, accessible. Read more>>

Victoria Lane

I was lucky enough to be involved in professional theatre from a very early age. It was an instant connection to the world for a painfully shy and hypersensitive little girl. There was escapism into another life as an outlet and gorgeous costuming. Read more>>

Brie Paige Mattioli

I am a Board Certified Music Therapist, Professional Vocalist, Singer-Songwriter, Performing Artist, Yoga Instructor, and Reiki/ Sound Healer. I’ve lived in CA for almost two and a half years now. Read more>>

DeeCee Edwards

For as long as I can remember I’ve always been an entertainer. My mom was a major influence in my development as an artist by encouraging me to perform at family gatherings, acting in plays, dancing. Read more>>

Spencer Small

I’m the owner of 1stklasslifestyle personal training and life coaching. I’ve been training clientele for the past nine years. Teaching people how to maintain and balance their physical health through mental development and elevation. Read more>>


I’m actually a transplant I’ve been in LA for three years. I moved here from Ohio. I’ve been doing hip-hop for what seems like a lifetime, ever since I was young I was just engulfed in the culture. Read more>>

Arielle Baptiste

I learned a few instruments growing up, like the recorder, saxophone and took violin for a few months – but nothing ended up sticking. At that point in my life music seemed more like an auxiliary hobby versus a viable interest I could pursue. Read more>>

Collin Schupman and Paul Laughrige

The beginning of No Exits was a complete shit show. Much like the classic movie The Commitments, we auditioned a colorful entourage of drummers, bassists, and dreamers to form the perfect band. Read more>>

Paris Minzer

I came to Los Angeles via Texas a little over 20 years ago for College. I had been heavily involved in music in middle school and high school and always knew that’s what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Holly Anderson

My path to becoming a full-time acupuncturist has been a winding one – I was living in San Francisco, trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. It was the early 2000s, and while I loved my work running the LYRIC Youth Talkline. Read more>>

Ebi Okiyefa

Born and raised in the Inglewood/Compton area; I’ve always been surrounded by good West Coast Urban & Soul music. Fast-forwarding to today’s times; I started my journey with 2 of my business partners/good friends. Read more>>

Nohely Olvera

My story starts as long as I can remember my childhood, I was born in Paramount, CA and I was raised in Mexico for the first half of my infancy. I was introduced to a whole new world by my parents and it was the happiest time and the most loving memories I have. Read more>>

Suren Avunjian and Roger Lima

Roger and Suren met in Joshua Tree, CA at a private party, organized by Burning Man Russia, while Suren was DJing Roger asked if he could plugin his synthesizer and enhance the tracks live. Read more>>

Hatima Eirine

I honestly started my art for self-therapy. Let us backtrack to why I needed it, my first year of high school I ran track and field I did the events 100,200,2x4and 4×4. So I qualified for CIF’s which was so amazing. Read more>>

Jay Collins

I am from Kansas City and was raised by a single mother. I have always had a love for all things art and my first art form that I fell into was photography. I had a bunch a disposable cameras I would shoot all sorts of things. Read more>>

Arantza Vazquez

My family loves music so my passion for it started from a very young age. I was lucky to grow up surrounded by pianos so I developed a close relationship with them. One of my earliest memories is playing the piano on my dad’s lap as a baby. Read more>>

Nico Marks

I started off shooting hella SoundCloud artists and music videos in college to pay for day to day stuff! From that, I was able to link with some bigger names that really help put me on as a creative in the scene for a little while. Read more>>

Tia Hollingsworth

My love of fashion began when I was a child. Fashion magazines were my escape beyond my environment. The visuals provided me with an alternative to the world I was in and let me escape. Read more>>

Zak Sadik

As a first-generation Ethiopian-American, born and raised in the South (Dallas, TX), I’ve spent most of my life straddling the line between two complex identities: Black in America and Diaspora in America. Read more>>

Andrew “Balloonski” Mika

I started working for a balloon company in FL which I quickly realized was a pyramid scheme, so I started my own balloon art company in Miami which focused on events and bigger installs. But to get to where I wanted to go I had to pass out my cards. Read more>>

Camilla Salas

I’ve been an artist for as long as I can remember – I grew up in a family of dancers, painters, musicians, and photographers, so I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. Read more>>

Jr. Sarmiento

Born and raised in Carson, CA in the early 90’s, I was heavily impacted by the crossing cultures of street-life and wealthy elitism. Carson, before what it is today, was a melting pot of minority races, most often gang or street affiliated. Read more>>


Thinking about my beginning made me realize that I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for me having pure faith. I knew I had talent for designing sneakers and tailoring clothes. Read more>>

Katie Brown

Before starting Katie Brown LA (KBLA) I was a restauranteur for over a decade, opening five restaurants with my best friend. When we were selling our last restaurant. Read more>>

Nicholette “Nico” Fortune

As early as 8 years old, I recall writing stories about family and disfigured cats, acting and rapping in school plays, leading the alto section of my after school chorus, and dancing my heart away in drum circles. Read more>>

Moana Dixon

I had collected textiles from my travels with the intention of making things for my home- but my “job” didn’t leave me with a lot of room to take care of the life and home I was living. Read more>>

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