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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.

Jonathan Cuate

I feel very blessed that I was able to find a field of work that I was truly passionate about at a young age. Over the years, my knowledge of technology kept growing & friends and family started noticing. They would ask me to fix their computers and that’s where the idea of opening up my own business flourished. Read More>>

Carlos and Mynor Guzman

Our Founder and CEO Carlos Guzman immigrated to LA from Guatemala City, Guatemala at the age of 19, on Jan. of 1986. Shortly after his move to LA, he was employed at a frame shop that was leading the industry in LA at that time. Carlos later on mastered the craft of Frame making, learning from other industry leaders in LA. Read More>>

Carmina Guzman

After High School, I was unsure about what I wanted to do but I had always been passionate about doing hair. After looking into different fields and weighing my options, I knew Cosmetology was what I wanted to do. I enrolled into Bellflower Beauty college in 2013. I can honestly say that I learned most of the techniques I know now from them. Read More>>

Kia Torrence

After 20 years in the Customer service field, I finally followed my path to Cosmetology school. After finishing and passing licensing, I looked for employment for a month in my surrounding area with no call backs. Finally, after visiting a local beauty supply, my aunt spoke highly of me to the owner and numbers were exchanged. Read More>>

Michelle Hanabusa

It’s hard to say how this had started. I think it goes back to when I was a competitive figure skater. I had a very different childhood than most of my friends — waking up at 4am / 6 days a week and my only focus for 14 years was skating and how I can make this sport into my career. Some unfortunate circumstances arose but it didn’t stop me from having the same mentality where I was going to find another passion and a drive to succeed in it. Read More>>

Rhiannon Gillis

I began working for firms in LA designing fast food restaurants, and then hotels in Hawaii. It was always fun, but there was something missing. I never loved the style that we created, and there was such a lack of intimacy with these large projects. I ended up taking a break and chose to start blogging. Read More>>

Angela Satterlee

I grew up in a hardworking family that had a variety of trade skills. My dad is a carpenter and owned a sawmill where I spent a lot of time working as a teen. My mom owned her own design business creating custom wood pieces which were sold on weekends at craft shows. I guess you could say I already had sawdust in my blood. Read More>>

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