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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.

Joshua Duron

While my mom would say it was when I saw “Saturday night fever” at the age of three. I went to the front of the movie theater and proceeded to dance throughout the whole movie in front of the movie screen. Read more>>

Paula Ventura

I was always interested in art – whether it’s painting, drawing, or doodling. I think it maybe because I didn’t consider myself academically inclined. When my parents bought our first computer. Read more>>

Lisa Pizza Vasquez

I guess it all started for me when I was a teenager. I had always been artistic and creatively crafty since I was a child, but my true passion for music began when I was in high school. Read more>>

Will Engebretson

It’s been a long road. But exciting. Both my parents are very artistic people. Musicians, photographers, creatives. Which is funny because they both became scientists. But growing up, I was encouraged to be creative. Read more>>

Shaina Paulson

I am originally from Maryland and I used to be an environmental scientist and was working a normal 9-5 in D.C. Going through the motions of a “normal life” everyone tells you you’re supposed to strive for and attain. Read more>>

Laura Schneider

I started my college studies as a fashion merchandising major but after a couple of semesters I realized I wasn’t as passionate about fashion as a career as I initially thought I was. Read more>>

Khadijah RBz

I started meditating as a means to manage stress. My job, at the time, was very demanding and I was internalizing emotions, discomforts, and feelings instead of processing them and letting them go. Read more>>

Derde Verde

We met as music students at CalArts and quickly became friends. We were constantly sharing records and bonding over our mutual love of people like The Band, Neil Young, Elliott Smith, Jon Brion, Beck, and Radiohead. Read more>>

Teri Gamble

I don’t remember a time that I didn’t love music. I have been obsessed with karaoke since the days of Laser Disc & tape cassette decks. My first real karaoke machine came with one tape – it had Hound Dog. Read more>>

Bonnie Robinson Stewart

I learned to sew about seven years ago and initially made quilts. I made about 60 quilts in about 3 or 4 years and got to where I had given one to everyone I could think of to give one to and decided it was time to make something for myself. Read more>>

Matt Snow and Meredith Erin

We initially began selling graphic tees and accessories under a different brand name (Ex-Boyfriend) back in Baltimore in 2009. It was really just a hobby, but we ultimately grew it to the point where it became Matt’s full-time job. Read more>>

Jennifer Piette

After working for 25 years as a screenwriter in Europe – where people have a very different relationship to food – Jennifer returned to the US and founded Out of the Box Collective in 2010, with the goal of inspiring people to get back into their kitchens with amazing ingredients. Read more>>

Shannon Tonsfeldt

I think it started for real the day I quit my job. I’d spent ten years in the fashion industry designing and managing lines for others and it just wasn’t fulfilling anymore. I left feeling unsure of what I wanted to do next. Read more>>

Catalin Ayala

Babes Behind The Bar started when I noticed a void in the craft industry supporting, educating and embracing women. As I met more women in the hospitality industry, I noticed we had similar stories to share. This is where I knew something had to change. Read more>>

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