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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.

Maggie Mackay

A Los Angeles brick-and-mortar film space founded and helmed by women, Vidiots was opened as an alternative video store in 1985 by L.A. natives Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber. In 2012, Vidiots became a 501(c)3 non-profit, and in 2016, veteran film programmer Maggie Mackay joined as Vidiots’ first. Read more>>

Sonia Romero

I come from an interesting artistic family. My maternal grandparents founded the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles, the same city where my parents, Nancy and Frank Romero, are both practicing artists. I was raised in Angelino Heights, Echo Park where I was drawn to art at an early age. Read more>>

Regan Mays

All aspects of my story started when I was a little girl. I grew up riding horses, performing in theatre, and being around people with disabilities. In fact, until the age of five, I believed having a disability was normal. Although I am not disabled, my older brother is. Read more>>

Deirdra Angelucci, Cerene Shepard and Stephanie Federoff

The Narrators began as a connection between four women who had found themselves drawn to the magic of immersive performance, but felt unsatisfied by one-dimensional character concepts and superficial parameters. We were already working together in a previous project. Read more>>

Delhia de France

I grew up in the eastern part of Germany in the post-wall era which was quite a liberating yet confusing time. I come from a mid-sized town that always has had a vibrant music scene, especially in Electronic Music. The local club hosted up and coming and established international artists. Read more>>

Seanie Sugrue

I grew up in Co. Kerry, Ireland, and for as long as I can remember have had an obsession with Irish playwrights. Ireland is a tiny rock west of Europe and the size of Indiana but somehow we have produced a staggering amount of renowned dramatists. I moved to New York City in 2005. Read more>>

Eddie Aguirre

The idea of the podcast started back in 2014. I was a 23 years old graphic designer looking to expand my professional portfolio and broaden my work experience within the industry. At the time, even with proficient knowledge of the curriculum and the skill set required. Read more>>

Emily Koh and Amanda Smith

Pinkies Up started on Emily’s front porch in the peak of summer. We wanted to create a space where our friends could learn more about natural wines while bumping our heads to fresh beats (hence the djs). Since then, it’s felt like a house party that keeps getting bigger and rowdier as the night goes on. Read more>>

Marly Hall

My life as a costume designer started at a very young age before I even knew that being a costume designer was a career at all. In fact, it took me a very long time to figure out what I was actually doing, despite having done it for as long as I can remember. It feels cheesy to start my story here. Read more>>

Sevdije Kastrati

Growing up in a patriarchal society, the only role models were women doctors, teachers. Sevdije dreamed of becoming a gynecologist and enrolled on medical high school. But the war broke out in Kosovo in 1999. Sevdije was 15 years old and experienced the loss of her mother, Ajshe, and her sister, Luljeta. Read more>>

C!ndy Perez

C!nDy Perez is an artist in the sunny state of California. She was born in Lerdo De Tejada Veracruz, Mexico and discovered her passion and love for art as soon as she learned to write. Her earliest memory of painting is from her fourth grade elementary school days. Read more>>

Tina Vonn

My life has been pretty full of exciting, dramatic, and interesting experiences, it’s going to be pretty hard to condense it into a brief overview but I love a challenge! I’ll get the negatives out of the way first. I lost my mother two days after I was born which affected my whole life and I had a pretty rough. Read more>>

CK Kimball

I’m from Mechanicsville, VA, 20 minutes north of Richmond, and spent most of time either parked in front of the TV watching local affiliate shows or talking to myself in the woods. The idea of the “artist” and “the comedian” fascinated me from watching a roster of old SNL, MadTV, Jack of All Trades. Read more>>

John Kim

I picked up my first point and shoot digital camera in 2005 when I was in the fourth grade after watching the entire Star Wars saga (at the time). I began with stopmotion. As time progressed with the evolving stages of vimeo and YouTube, I played with childish shorts and skits with friends throughout middle school and high school. Read more>>

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