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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.

Céline Layous

I’m a cinematographer from Beirut, Lebanon. I graduated with a BA from Institut d’Études Scéniques Audiovisuelles et Cinématographiques in Beirut. I moved to Los Angeles in 2017 and recently completed my Cinematography MFA at the American Film Institute Conservatory. I have worked as a cinematographer and camera operator on various formats in the MENA region. Now based in Los Angeles, I continue to build my career in the visual arts. Read more>>

Claire Gallagher

As a kid, I loved to draw. Classmates used to pay me to draw animals (and Pokemon) to hang in their lockers and decorate their binders. I grew up and basically kept doing that. Read more>>

Mike Chattem

I was born in Queens, New York to a working class family who moved us Connecticut when I was six to raise my younger brother and I. We grew up in a farm town called North Stonington and I graduated from the smallest public high school in the state with a class of 62. The area was super rural and there wasn’t much to do outside exploring the woods, playing music in our friend’s parents’ basements and the occasional show at the VFW the next town over. Read more>>

Jowal Quitl

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in a form of visual arts. Looking back, it started with drawing as a child, transitioned into a passion for film making as a teenager/young adult, which is what I got my degree in. The first time I found myself interested in photography specifically, I was eight years old and I found out Spider-Man was a photographer. I know that sounds silly but I wanted to emulate my hero, so from that point on, I knew I wanted to at least try and learn how to take photos. Read more>>

Manuel Prieto

I grew up in a border town, at the height of the U.S.installing border fences that have only grown taller and longer—separating everything along its way, including natural resources, cultural sites, people’s homes and families. What some see as a means of protection, to us border folk, we see a complex gateway to a shared past, present, and future. But it was through the arts, that my community defined itself. Only through customs, and ingenuity and creativity were we able to define or identity. Read more>>

Alberto Andrade Kauer

Since I was a kid, I would be the last kid in any kind of art class to finish my work, always being very careful with the details. I was grown in a very small and limited city in south Brazil, where business are very specific, which made me have a very low level of possibilities since I was so into art and not into company rules. I’ve been also a musician since my 13 years old, I was literally in a band at this time, but of course music is even harder to survive in Brazil. Read more>>

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