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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.

KAYLA CARTWRIGHT

My life path has been a bit windy; however, my range of experiences has allowed me to make meaning and find interconnections between each stage of my life, a skill that ultimately benefits my clients. I grew up in Rhode Island and quickly traded snow for sunshine to study at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. I studied management and anthropology and had big plans to work in professional sports; I was even interning with an MLB team. Read more>>

ERVA CARTER

I started singing in church when I was young girl. About six years ago, I began performing at different venues around Houston such as Red Cat Jazz Cafe and Debonair Lounge at Cafe 4212 to get myself out there. After seeing my potential, a great friend (Monica Garden) decided to manage me because she knew I had something going for myself but was aware of how shy I could be when it came to networking. Read more>>

ESTACY PORTER

I am the product of my environment”. I was born and raised in the Boogie Down Bronx to the hardest working Garifuna immigrants from the country of Honduras. I guess with today’s political climate, I should be this lazy, entitled individual and although I was born here “go back where I came from”. Instead allow me to paint a different story. As a young girl growing up in the city. Read more>>

DAVID STEWART

AGEIST is a new media company and agency that champions the vitality, capabilities and influence of the modern 50+. Our purpose is promote the global movement of people who are living longer and healthier than ever before. Our people our vital, vivid and forward-leaning; they feel at the peak of their powers. My background is as a high-level advertising photographer. In my mid-fifties. Read more>>

SRI PANCHALAM

Doctors & Engineers is a West Coast, psychedelic, Desi garage punk band. The band is composed of Sri Panchalam (vocals), Jayson Joseph (guitar), Azeem Khan (synth/keyboards), Sumi Dave (drums), and Scott Okamoto (bass). We’re all based in and around the city of Los Angeles. Jayson and I were first introduced by our friend Taz Ahmed, a Bangladeshi-American music blogger at Mishthi Music and podcaster at Good Muslim Bad Muslim. Read more>>

ANGELA MOU

When I sparked my first bowl out of a Granny Smith apple in a friend’s minivan at the age of 15, I had no idea that years later I’d sell ceramic apple pipes in my smoke shop, but it’s all come full circle. Most people don’t know I’m an LA native – I was born and grew up in the suburbs near Pasadena, left for college and didn’t move back until two years ago when I started Elevate Jane. Read more>>

ITIKA OLDWINE

I pursued a Master’s Degree in Social Science at the University of Chicago. While in Chicago I landed an internship at The Oprah Winfrey Show, and I later join their production team through their final season in 2011. While in Chicago, I signed with the Chicago division of the Ford Modeling Agency where I landed multiple modeling campaigns and built my brand as an Influencer in Chicago. Read more>>

DANITA JOHNSON

I grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina and attended Western Carolina University where I earned my degree in sports management. When I graduated, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be, but I did know I wanted to work in sports. Sports had always meant community and family to me. I remember vividly to this day growing up in my neighborhood (Windtree). Read more>>

ANNALIESE EISENSTADT

In May 2018, I graduated from the film production program at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Although I had studied directing at one of the US’s top film schools, I had little idea how to approach getting professional directing work. I decided that I wanted to break into commercial directing. The short turnaround, the possibility to incorporate comedy. Read more>>

ILEENA ROWLAND AND LATOYA YEARWOOD

We’re just two young ladies from Brooklyn who love fashion. Actually Latoya love fashion, I’m more into sales and marketing. We decided to bring our passions together to create the women’s “must haves” clothing line. It hasn’t been a smooth road. We’re definitely enjoying the process. We are trusting ourselves and learning as we go. The trick is to always see progress in your work. Every set back is setting you up for something greater. Our biggest struggle is consistency. Read more>>

DALEN SPRATT

While obtaining my MBA in the winter of 2007, I studied international business and international marketing abroad in Beijing, China. While living in Beijing, I made friends with a few locals who worked in a fabric/tailoring shop. They took me in and showed me the ropes. After I completed my semester abroad, I came back to Atlanta and began making suits for myself using the connections I made In China. Read more>>

ALEXIS KINGERY

I started in January 2016 out of Chicago, IL. Fed up with service industry woes and demanding hours outside of my control, I wanted to jump into a field where I was not only my own boss but doing something I loved, thus Shop Blue Dream / @shopbluedream was born. My shop is meant to be felt as an extension of my own style, a way to get the look, for a reasonable price, all hand-picked by me. Read more>>

ALISON CRUDDAS

I grew up in South Africa and have traveled extensively around the world I became a vegan 28 years ago and I have been a Chef for as long, I was doing mostly Private Chef work but loved going out to eat and drink around this beautiful city and see what was up and coming. I noticed that there wasn’t many healthy and diverse options in the vegan dining scene in LA so decided to see if I could provide that and that is how Bodhi Bowl came to be. Read more>>

AMANDA KLAWITTER

To provide an awesome product, with equally matched customer service, and to set themselves apart from the traditional cookie cutter designs of the current floral industry standards. With these key ideas in mind, this little flower shop that could has grown into the living breathing, growing, flower machine it is today and is adding a little Flora + Funk everywhere it goes. Read more>>

ANDREA CUSTODIO

I was always into art since I was a little kid & I decided to pursue a career in the graphic design. While attending college, I started my clothing brand with my artwork on October 21, 2018. I didn’t know what to do at first I had to figure out what website to use & a good quality screen printing place. I started with sweaters, shirt, and prints. I made my way into art shows & vending at local events in Los Angeles and Compton. Read more>>

MIRAYA BERKE

I grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and went to school at UC Berkeley, and have had a passion for event planning since I was a kid. As soon as I graduated from college, I moved to NYC to pursue events. After a few years of working at agencies, I decided to start my own event planning company, Pop Productions NYC, in 2014. I worked with a range of clients on community and experiential events. Read more>>

CARLY GREATHOUSE

I started singing when I was about eight years old. I didn’t take music seriously until I was about 16 years old. I started recording in my friend’s basement because back then that was all I had at the time. I finally found my voice when I went to Florida for the first time to meet with some musicians. I’d say that is when I really found my voice. I didn’t really develop the style I have now until later on when I met my producer. Read more>>

DRE BLUE

Forward a few years & I dabbled in webshows & dance teams before becoming a backup dancer for a local recording artist, Ahmad, who’s father(Carl Muhammad) became a mentor & who’s family became my musical family, known then as Isis Entertainment, named for the Egyptian Goddess of fertility & took me in to help me develop as an artist in exchange for my time & skill as a dancer. Read more>>

JORGEALBERTO AVIÑA

I’m for San Diego born and raised, growing up I mainly played soccer and ran cross country among other sports I would play with my friends. I’ve always been a very active person but I did grow up in front of a television watching movies and waking up early to see my Saturday morning cartoon lineups were some of my best days growing up in San Diego. Read more>>

ADAM RUND

I’ve been an avid player, designer, and enthusiast of the Military Simulation sports such as Airsoft and Paintball since I was 12 years old. At 14, I started an Airsoft e-commerce business in order to accommodate my neighborhood’s interest in the game. The day after I graduated high school I left for the Marines where I served as an Infantry Assaultman section leader and explosives expert. Read more>>

Aimee Nicolas

I was gifted my fathers 35mm Canon T70 and fell in love. Portrait photography is the area in which I started which lead me to lifestyle followed by studio. Once I gained a bit more traction, I started to book small jobs with companies based out of LA. A few years later, I decided to fully pursue photography as a career and enrolled to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Read more>>

Stephanie Rodriguez

People of Leisure made a conscious decision to not let the vast amount of scrap textiles from the apparel industry go to waste. We began by hunting for deadstock fabrics in our city of Los Angeles in hopes of breathing new life into materials that would otherwise be forgotten or dumped. As a result, we have come up with a collection of inspired, upcycled clothing that is one-of-a-kind and never mass produced. Read more>>

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