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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.

Maxx Diaz

I started playing bass when I was 15 years old, and in that very same year I started playing in bands. From the beginning I always knew that I wanted to be a musician and that I wanted to write and perform my own music. Over the last 15 years I’ve been able to do many cool things as a result of being a musician and sticking to those convictions. Read more>>

Nick Wolf

I was working at my first job out of college, which was doing scenic construction for huge events, basically corporate theatre, for a little over a year when I was had one of those cliche quarter life crisis moments where I was like, what do I actually want to do with my life? I knew I did not want to keep doing what I was doing for 5 more years, so I put in my two weeks and then was off to figure out what I really did want to do. Read more>>

Michael Klimkowski, Reggie Henke, Austin Miller

Dabs Den is whoever shows up on Saturdays when we shoot dank videos (as long as they’re not some nerd). We park cars and haul gear on film sets for a living, because nobody has recognized our genius abilities to create comedy yet. We got started because we wanted to make stuff and nobody else was gonna do it for us. Read more>>

Emma Cole

I discovered my singing voice when I was about 11. I fell in love with the movie The Craft and I recorded myself singing the Garbage Song ‘Stupid Girl’ on a Fisher Price tape recorder, played it back and realized I didn’t sound too far off from the recording. The next summer my parents divorced and I started to take on more responsibility than I was ready for. Read more>>

Liz Walsh

I live and work in Los Angeles, CA. Inspired by the plant life and city sprawl of California, my practice is focused on the mix between technology and the entropy of the natural world. I am currently working on large scale paintings of crash sites and future foliage. I received an MFA in Painting from CCAC, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Read more>>

Kathreen Khavari

I actually started off in the field of Public Health Infectious Disease Control. I received two degrees in the field, but had always wanted to act,, ever since I was a child. I chose a different path because it didn’t seem feasible or logical to pursue a career in the arts. Read more>>

Elizabeth Laime

I started out in comedy in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. When my husband, Andy (a record producer) and I moved to LA, I decided to focus on writing but began to feel very isolated without performing. In order to feel connected to the comedy community we decided to put Andy’s recording equipment and my funny friends together to create the Totally Laime Podcast. Read more>>

Arielle Brachfeld

I was sick a lot as a kid. It was a really embarrassing disease too, Ulcerative Colitis. I didn’t have a lot of friends. I changed schools frequently, be it from bullying and social problems I didn’t know how to deal with, or schools not being able to work with the sheer amount of sick days. Read more>>

Megan Spatz

I started the group at the beginning of 2017. I was feeling creatively and collaboratively unfulfilled. My main work is as a costume designer for film and I was hearing many female artists sharing my feelings of not being utilized in the best way in their collaborative fields. I also was hearing that they, like myself were curious of exploring other roles or mediums but lacked the resources and support to do so. Read more>>

Marisa Vitali

While honing my acting skills in class, I was inspired by a teacher I was studying with who gave us a Call To Action. We ALL have a story to tell…So tell it! I had always written my story, about how I started using heroin, in many different forms; from stream of consciousness, a play, a screenplay even as a short story but I always stopped at the same place. I was never able to see the ending… Read more>>

Samara Caughey

I own an art studio for kids and families in Eagle Rock. I absolutely love and am grateful daily for the opportunity to be able to teach art to kids and be part of this vital community. It’s been a long road but I have now been open 8 years and am growing little by little. Read more>>

Abbe Findley

Growing up on a farm in rural Missouri outside a town of 200 people certainly has had some influence on my field of interest; herbal medicine. I grew up playing in the dirt, and come from a family who’s still doing it to this day. I come from a long lineage of farmers and earth movers on both sides of my family, so I guess you could say working with plants is in my blood. Read more>>

Jessica Godinez

Once, during a trip to Tijuana, we visited a market that was filled with candies, that’s where I first saw gummies being made that way. I just thought wow, people back home would love these, so when I came back I decided to try my hand at them. Read more>>

Irene Diaz

I started playing piano when I was 7 and I started writing songs at age 16. It wasn’t until I was 23 that I would perform my songs in front of an audience. Over the course of ten years I’ve performed my music across the US, Spain, and Japan. I ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to release my EP, ‘I Love You Madly’. I am currently working on my first full length album which I hope to release in 2019. Read more>>

Kausar Mohammed, Veline Mojarro and Natalie Bui

As a women of color living through Trump’s America and the #metoo movement you can not help but feel like your personhood is under attack. And unsurprisingly, the desire to do something about it arises, fiercely. Read more>>

Binder of Women

Conceptualized in Los Angeles by painter Hilary Pecis, Binder of Women, an artist run- project providing an independent platform for contemporary artists to directly share their work as they see fit. Read more>>

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