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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.

KEVIN HORN

I started out by making skate films with my friends in high school, which eventually led to a deeper interest in narrative filmmaking. I majored in Cinematography in college in Minneapolis and started shooting feature films right out the gate. Since then, I’ve shot three feature films, dozens of short films, music videos for artists like Atmosphere, Doomtree, and S. Carey, and commercials for Target, 3M, Fiat, Jameson, and more. Read more>>

TNI WELCH

I started modeling a year after I graduated highschool. I was ambitious and eager to be successful and help my mom out in any way I could. After my parent’s divorce, I seen her struggle and it broke my heart to see her have to start from the ground up. And be treated as less than. My mom was my muse we both deserved a better life and I was going to make sure we got it. Read more>>

GREGORY HOYT, BRIAN GIRARD AND ANDY SCHLACHTENHAUFEN

The three of us met here in Los Angeles through mutual friends and family in the improv comedy scene. We all had mutual respect for each other’s work, so it was only a matter of time before we started working together on something. Our first collaboration (almost ten years ago) produced a series of short films based on a character Greg had developed on stage named Klaus. Read more>>

ANDREW CERVANTES

I grew up a learning Heritage Arts of Mexico from my mother and grandmother. My mother is a third generation artesana and she passed along a lot of the techniques and skills to her children, everything from traditional arts and crafts to traditional recipes. In my family, tradition is very strong and we celebrate with food, art, music, and familia. Read more>>

ELENA MARQUES

I started my skincare career as a licensed cosmetologist in 2007, but after developing severe allergies to hair dye, needed to change the course of my career. I always had an affinity for the science of skin and quickly adapted and felt it was the place I always belonged. I spent many years in a spa, working directly with clients. Read more>>

T.C. DE WITT

I have had a love of storytelling since I was very little, my dad would read to me and my brother and sister every night before we went to bed. The days he was out of town and couldn’t be there with us, he would record a cassette tape of him reading, and he would include interruptions and remarks to the three of us. “T.C., so picking your nose… Matt, pay attention. Read more>>

Ryan Tillman

Once I had some officers pull up next to me and start cussing me out for being on the phone. There was another occasion where I was driving through a nice neighborhood and a guy claimed to be a deputy and said I looked suspicious and that I needed to leave, or he would call his friends to come arrest me. So, I really only had a negative view of police officers. Read more>>

Tina Colson

In my earlier years taking fashion courses at LA Trade Tech, dreaming about being a couture dress designer, I can tell you I was not thinking about leather, bags, and wallets. I was though, obsessed with textiles, wandering around the garment district in downtown LA, taking in all the action and the smell of bacon wrapped hot dogs, being taken over with salsa music blaring from storefronts near Santee Alley, the rawness of DTLA and ALL the creative possibilities that surrounded me. Read more>>

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