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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.

Deniz Davenport

Towards the end of college I started regularly hanging out with my friend Danny who invited kept inviting me to emo nights which led to some pretty whacky adventures & turned into me finding/making Echo Park my home in 2016. Read more>>

Robert Macias, Chubby Bubbers

One day I was driving and my car flipped onto its side and I thought “I should sell pins”. I had already designed a few pins and thought I would design a few pins and the rest is slowly becoming part of history. Read more>>

Tōshee

I was born in New York City—raised in Queens for the most part, then moved to Manhattan. Queens has a reputation for being both blessed and cursed with some real characters: Simon & Garfunkel, Stern, McEnroe, Madoff, pretty much every Mets team ever…I’m sure I’m missing some; can’t think of any others worth mentioning. Read more>>

Fay Wolf

These days I’m making a lot of work based on questions of identity. So I’ll start the story there. I was born in Connecticut to a Black mother from Antigua and a Jewish father from Queens. They had a 25-year age gap between them and were very much in love. Read more>>

Tara Reynolds

My professional life has been fairly non-traditional and it took many years for me to embrace that instead of hide it. It has spanned from litigation to positions in the entertainment industry, negotiating film distribution, production, and talent deals, writing and pitching television shows, “coming out” as a jewelry artist, to starting my own businesses as an artist, healer, mediator and coach. Read more>>

Leah Huebner

I started taking photos probably 10 years ago when I still lived in Alabama— I’d run around with my friends and take photos of us in cool vintage clothes we found or shoot some real artsy stuff like sitting in shopping carts on the side of the road (so cool, right?) and so when I moved to LA to pursue acting, my trusted sidekick, a Canon Rebel xT, I believe, came along. Read more>>

Mark Posey

I started making art when I was around 11 years old. I would make collages out of old comics and Mad Magazines and give them friends and girls I thought were cute. This is where my interest really all started. I continued working on art projects here and there but really got serious my senior year at UC Berkeley. Read more>>

Bettina Niedermann

I later got a theater degree in New York where I lived for over a decade. Unfortunately the artist scene started to change a lot during my time there and I decided that living as an artist was no longer possible so I thought to give Los Angeles try. Upon moving here, my goal was to be a working actor. Photography was never part of the plan. Read more>>

Sarah Gottesdiener

I’m an artist, a designer, writer, tarot reader, and proprietor of Modern Women, an intersectional feminist apparel company. I’ve been working for myself for the last 7 years. I love what I do. I create work for queer folks, for women, for trans folks and for BIPOC. Inspiration, support, and creative expression are my driving motivations. Read more>>

Nowsheba Rahman

My name is Nowsheba Rahman, but I am better known as “Sheba” by my peers. I am a Los Angeles based travelling Makeup Artist. Born in Bangladesh. I migrated to the United States with my family at the age of 6. I grew up in East LA and graduated from Schurr high school. Read more>>

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