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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.

Bryan Casella

Ex-professional Basketball Player. Career cut short due to injuries. After about one year of trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, I became interested in Real Estate. After meeting with one of my first basketball coaches (who had been a broker for 20+ years) I decided to get my license. My first few years were filled with 12-14 hour workdays and constant grinding. During that time. Read more>>

Palmer Earl

Like most kids, I had a passion for drawing and painting and seemed to have a natural talent for it. Growing up in New York City with its incredible museums and copious amounts of art, my passion to create grew. At home, whether it was painting, making shrinky dinks or learning to sew, my mother, a fashion designer, did art projects with my sisters and me a lot. My father made sure we saw all of the big museum shows. Read more>>

Smarts

I was born in a small town outside of Guadalajara, Mexico and moved to California with my family when I was one year old. I was raised in Long Beach and that’s where my appreciation for Hip Hop began, the music, graffiti art, break dancing, djing, fashion, all of it. Throughout elementary all the way into high school, my friends and I would gather to freestyle raps, draw in our black books, and breakdance, while listening to some hip hop music. Read more>>

Nayeli Corona-Zitney

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but was raised in California. All of my education has been completed here in the United States. Growing up, I witnessed how hard my parents worked and found their way in a country that was foreign to them. Witnessing their struggles, sacrifice and achievements has been foundational in my own personal values and work ethic. Read more>>

Andrew Gastélum and Erick Quintero

It all started when I graduated from Cal State LA University. Simultaneously, I also lost my part-time job that was keeping my garage turned apartment studio in the back of a house in East LA monthly rent afloat. I tried to negotiate with the “manager”. However, he didn’t cut me any slack. Luckily, I had just reunited with an early community college and local music days colleague. Read more>>

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