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Inspiring East LA Stories

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 East 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 East LA’s rising stars below.

Ava Walker

I am a former foster youth from Cleveland, Ohio. I recently moved to Los Angeles June 4th, 2019 to pursue my screenwriting career. It’s been beyond a dream come true! I thought I was moving here to be just a screenwriter which I’ve dreamed of since age 11. But God had other plans that was also a part of me moving here. With faith and perseverance here I am now the founder and president of “Arts, Film & Goods Pantry” serving foster youths in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Gabriel Gonzalez

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My father was from Guadalajara, Mexico and my mother was from Baja, California. I started my career in “El Mercadito” (The little market) on the outskirts of East LA off Lorena Street and 1st . Back in the day , there was a radio contest called “La Tormenta” (The Storm) hosted by a, then young , up and coming DJ called Humberto Luna. A radio contest took place every Tuesday night. My father entered me in a few singing contest where I won a few things (TV, Radio, cash) Soon after that, i got “discovered” I started doing film in Mexico. Most of my childhood was spent on the road, on stages, hotels and different cities. My uncle was a promoter and he managed me for the first few years of my life. I did numerous films and worked with a lot of the stars of that era. Read more>>

Alex Trujillo

Ever since I was younger, I knew I wanted to work in the entertainment industry but I just wasn’t sure how I was going to do it. While in my last year of college, I started planning events and I fell in love with the idea of planning events for musicians, so fresh out of college, I landed an internship which eventually turned into a fulltime job at Melissa Andre Design Co. where I learned so much about myself and my capabilities. I did everything from assisting with events to accounting, product development, administrative work, and even floral work. It was here that Melissa helped me realize how I am so good at a lot of things but overall Operations and management. Read more>>

Vincent Lanty

I was born in Paris, France on December 31st, 1987. I grew  up with my mom, a screenwriter for TV. I have always been  very sensitive to music, the radio was always on at the  house. (I guess it’s still on as we speak!) I had a very busy  childhood, we moved from Paris to live on a boat in the  Mediterranean Sea for a couple of years, then back to Paris.  I got into the Conservatoire Superior of Music of Paris at  the age of seven. As I got older it became clear to me that I  wanted to become a musician. I think I was around 8 or 9  when I knew for sure. I had a hard time focusing at school,  all I was thinking about was playing the piano. At age 17, I  started learning musicology and sound engineering in  Paris. Read more>>

Lisa Harriton and Joshua Bartholomew

Joshua: littleDNGR has been an idea occupying the “one day we have to do this!” portion of our future plans for a long time. We’ve been making music together since shortly after we met back in 2012. Our bands at the time played a ton of shows together and we collaborated on each other’s projects too. We were such big fans of each other’s music and always talked about starting a band together. While our career as a songwriting/production team started to grow, we kept the idea close enough to the surface that we would be writing songs for our hypothetical band in-between other projects. Read more>>

Deanna Ductoc

Father and son duo, Ángel Joaquín Ductoc and Ángel Daniel Ductoc Sr., worked together to open up their own family business in 1992. After coming to the United States from Cuba in 1961, they worked hard every day to create a better future for their families. Passion, hard work, sacrifices, and dedication continues to run through this generational family-owned for almost three decades! Now owned by the children of Angel Sr., Angel Daniel Ductoc Jr., Deanna Ductoc, Andrew Ductoc, and Daryanna Ductoc, are looking forward to continuing to provide affordable pan dulce, pastries, market items, and custom cakes for the community and the surrounding cities all over Los Angeles! Read more>>

Holly Ramos

I’m a songwriter/storyteller. Born in NYC, I wrote and was in bands for years there. I moved to Los Angeles 18 years ago with my husband who works in film. I always write, but I paused playing music when I started working on a family, a whole other creative project. A few years ago, I was invited to play at a school fair in the “dad’s band”. It was nice to be invited but the band’s name ruffled my feathers. I hadn’t thought about ever performing live again, but something in me told me I needed to do it for my daughter, to represent to all the kids there that moms play too. I had a lot of resistance to performing live again, but I kept remembering the reason- representing for my daughter and all the kids. I asked another parent to join me on a song, and he texted me after and said, “we are going to make a band” and I texted back “uh-oh”. Read more>>

Mita Avila

I knew I was a little odd kid growing up. I was born and grew up in Downey, on the busy Paramount Blvd. My mom was born in Mexico and my dad was born Texas but immigrated back two weeks after birth. They worked tirelessly to put my siblings and I happiness’s first but sacrificed a lot to make ends meet. We moved a lot from city to city where my parents were trying to find a new home from us. I knew friends weren’t guaranteed, so I didn’t like making them. And when I did play with my classmates, I was bullied harshly because I liked to play sporty games with the boys and created flower crowns with the girls. However, I lived in a happy home with my brother and I laughed and played ‘til the dust. My beautiful, brave mother would get me endless kisses until I fell asleep. Read more>>

Vanessa Csordas-Jenkins

I’m not someone who knew from age seven that they wanted to be in the entertainment world, I definitely came around to it later than some of my peers. I’ve always had a lot of different interests. I was always a writer from a young age and did a little theatre in high school, but I also loved science. So I began pursuing biology at the beginning of college, only later deciding that I wanted to focus on the arts. Realizing that my obsession with SNL, comedy, and performing might be more of a passion than a hobby was big. That led me to try to get as close to theatre and film & TV as I could with my remaining time in undergrad. My department was cross-listed with Tisch at NYU, so fortunately, I was able to take some classes there. Read more>>

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