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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.

Wendy Ramos

While attending UCLA, I was involved in planning events and large festivals on campus. Although my educational background is in psychology and Spanish literature, I’ve always had an urge to lead in creating, planning, and designing events. My real passion lied in a much more creative career and thus pursued planning part-time through word of mouth referrals in 2008. Read More>>

Megan Del Haro

I started in Beverly Hills as a receptionist at Juan Juan Salon. It all happens when your around talented hair stylists they inspired me to get my cosmetology license. I worked at Juan Juan for 8 years and then decided that I hated the drive and didn’t want to move to the west side.. Read More>>

James Bennett

I’ve been chasing entrepreneurial dreams since I was a kid. From selling candy in elementary school to promoting swing dance venues to organizing bachelor/ette parties. Read More>>

David Wang

Our adventures began in mid-2015, when the founder and chef David Wang quit his corporate 9-5 job, grabbed everything and everyone he could find, and decided to open a Taiwanese street food inspired spot in the heart of old Chinatown. The upcoming restaurant is small (seats 25), but features lots of unique small bites that you’ve never tasted before. Read More>>

Beth LaVigne

I have always been a huge animal lover trying to save every stray animal I saw, it is in my DNA. I started volunteering with rescue groups walking dogs and learned a lot about dog behavior and pack behavior. Read More>>

Chris Duncan

I was an ESPN X Games pro BMXer and mountain biker for 10 years. Some career accomplishments include being a character in a PlayStation BMX video game, setting 3 world records and doing the mechanics on all my competition bikes. Read More>>

Art Lewin

“We are not a simple company. Our customers have the highest expectations in the world, “states Art Lewin of Art Lewin Bespoke LLC, who for more than 28 years has suited up some of the most successful and powerful entrepreneurs and business people in the world. His exclusive custom-made and ready-to-wear designs are seen on clients from the international corporate world to Hollywood Red Carpet events. Read More>>


It all started with an idea – to create my own fashion line. I searched for studio space where I could not only create, but learn and be involved in every aspect of creating a fashion line. I was surprised to learn a space like this didn’t exist in Los Angeles so I created one and called it Sew FYI. Read More>>

Clara Berta

From the beginning my life has taken some very unexpected turns. I grew up in a culturally rich Hungarian enclave in Romania until my family and I moved to the US when I was eleven years old. I was married and divorced by the time I was 24 and then I ventured out to California to start a new life. Read More>>

Matthew Osborne

I started my Wushu life at the age of 18 after being inspired by the popular video game, Soul Caliber II. I knew the animations within the game were captured from real people and I desperately wanted to learn. Read More>>

Gus Shamieh

Inspired by my family’s favorite childhood treat, CREAM was created to share the family’s love of rich ice cream, sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies. We never had any plans to turn our nostalgic family treats into a business. Read More>>

Xavier Quimbo

My first real job was as a Hollywood stuntman. After 7 years doing live shows, TV, and film I decided that I needed a bit of a change and got into personal training. Read More>>


After a successful bellydance career in NYC, I moved to LA for all the right reasons — its the good life! After exploring the dance scene here, I met Zahra Zuhair, and we decided to make our dreams come true and open our own dance studio. Read More>>


As one of the first photographers to move full time to the downtown arts district years ago, I am proud to say that I have created a successful career as a female photographer in Los Angeles for over 20 years. I have weathered many entertainment industry issues, strikes and walkouts and the constant change of the photography business. Read More>>

Travis Peters

It all started about 17 years ago. I was an aspiring entrepreneur since the age of 14. Since 14, I began looking at the world differently and trying to find an improvement for anything and everything I came across. Read More>>

Krystal Marquez

My passion for beauty started at a very young age. I would sit. mesmerized, as my Mother put on her makeup. I loved the way the makeup would illuminate her beauty. Read More>>

Tracy hartley

I first heard about doulas on The Today Show in 1996 and, by the end of the day, I had signed up for training and given notice that I would be transitioning out of my job within 6 months to become a doula. Read More>>

Natasha Snow Needles

I was raised by a wonderful hippie woman who taught me to live with an open honest heart and to love hard. Growing up very poor, home schooled with 4 brother, in a small town in Idaho will give you certain type of charm and a lens on life that allows you to use humor. Read More>>

Ada Batun

I am is one of the owners of KUR Mobile Massage & Spa. Through illness I discovered massage therapy as one of my treatments. I instantly fell in love with Massages and Spas, and decided to become a massage therapist. Read More>>

John Chung

As non-glamorous as it sounds, JYB Entertainment was born when a close friend of mcJYB (John Chung), Peter Lee, was in need of an emcee for his wedding reception. Peter knew of John’s extraordinary capability to move crowds with his enthusiastic, outgoing personality. Read More>>

Julie Zaring

In late 2006 Monsignor Murphy, the (former) Pastor of Saint Victor Church had the idea of starting a preschool. He saw the need in West Hollywood (and the surrounding areas) for an affordable, quality, Christian based preschool program for children ages 2-5. Read More>>

Jonathan Klein

Jonathan Klein has been a fixture in the Los Angeles arts community for the past 20 plus years. Over the years, he has been affiliated with numerous theater companies, including Circle X, The Actors Gang, Friends and Artists Theatre Ensemble, and for the last 21 years as a member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood. Read More>>

Maurice Rodriguez

Atwater Village Tavern actually started as a take a chance kinda project.. Ive always wanted to own a watering hole or a gathering spot where my local community could hang out have a couple drinks eat some great food and enjoy themselves. Read More>>

Renee Dua

Nick and I were motivated to create Heal after a bad personal experience in the emergency room with our son. We had to wait eight hours to see a doctor, only to be sent home 10 minutes after seeing the doctor and not feeling like it helped much at all. Read More>>

Fred Schleicher

The Kitchen opened its doors in 2000. Owned and operated by neighborhood residents, our intention is to reflect the diversity, color, and vibrancy of our neighborhood and to create a place people feel at home. Everything is fresh and made from scratch. Read More>>

Robert Youngs

My first experience with the medicine was when I was working in marketing at MTV Networks in NYC and I started seeing an acupuncturist for stress and stomach issues. He helped me a great deal and I was fascinated with the medicine, though it wasn’t until about fifteen years later that I’d personally become an acupuncturist myself. Read More>>

Liliana Blake

I started out as a makeup artist in the high end fashion industry and I did that for 5 years. I then decided to take a trip to Europe and that is where my Skin Care career began. Read More>>

Suze Yalof Schwartz

I was stressed out on a trip in NYC and my mother in law (who is a therapist) taught me a 3-minute breathing and visualization techniques that made me shift from stressed to calm. It was so simple and powerful and I wanted more! She suggested I learn how to meditate and it was Nov 2012. Read More>>

Eleni Tsikrikas

My story is one of reinvention. I was born in Greece and grew up in Sydney Australia. I completed my undergraduate degrees and practiced Law in Sydney for 15 years. Read More>>

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