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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.

Lex Helgerson

I bought an acoustic guitar. It was a lot of money. And I had no idea what to do with it. But something was driving me. I needed to sing, and mostly I was just trying to watch other people to figure out how to do it. I knew I had a real challenge ahead of me, but I never really questioned why I was doing it. I just needed to. Read more>>

Sincere Williams

I’m originally from a small suburban town called Gurnee, which is north of Chicago.  Growing up, I’ve always known I wanted to either be a model or criminal defense attorney. I did go to college for a few years, but took a break due to my financial situation. I started dabbling in modeling in 2015, and then I picked up again around October 2016. I was definitely confused for a while on how to get started. I had to learn the difference between being a signed model vs. a freelance model. I had to learn to make connections and network. Read more>>

Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon

We met in the summer of 2017, during Lara’s performance at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. For this piece, Lara was having lyrics to a Fayrouz song tattooed to her neck, and, with an interest and knowledge in Arabic, Regina introduced herself. Read more>>

Leon and Kirsty Birtles

Upon having our event lighting business, our dream was to ultimately have our own venue event space. We stumbled upon this art gallery in the arts district, and the owner was subsequently moving out of the space. We decided to take over and saw the perfect opportunity to use the clean, modern, industrial space to produce and cater to the events market. Read more>>

Shabnam Ferdowsi

I honestly didn’t think of taking it anywhere. In 2015, I started writing, a few months later my friends offered to join my band and record my music, and I didn’t even ask!! From there, in the past 2.5 years, everything has happened just as quickly. Read more>>

Danilo Dayani

I’ve hustled as a production assistant during the day, worked behind the bar at night, and then come home in the early hours to write my stories. It made me exponentially more happy than sitting through courses of law. I’ve now been lucky enough to have cultivated a living doing what I love full time. Read more>>

Eileen Valentino Flaxman

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE. I graduated from UCLA in 2015 at age 68, and the question on my mind was probably the same as every other graduate — “What lies ahead?” And my answer was the same as theirs: “EVERYTHING.” I am in the most creative stage of my life. Not to become rich. Not to build a brand. Read more>>

Lou Roy

I’m proud of all the time I spent looking for “my sound,” and I hope it continues to evolve as my community and I grow. I’ve spent the last five years recording and performing as Huxlee, but ultimately found myself lost in music that I no longer connected with, an image that felt unnatural, and with a name that some DJ guy in London also has. Read more>>

Henry Lopez, Sonia Hernandez, and El Básico

We formed in the Spring of 2007. Back then, Lysandro De Vega was drumming for us. We were all eager to start something new after the fallout from our previous musical endeavors. It all clicked immediately. The music was there from the start. Read more>>

Nikki Neumann

I was itching to get back into the music photography world though, so two months ago I packed up my car and moved to LA. Didn’t have much of a plan except to hit the ground running and I’ve been nonstop shooting since I got here. It’s been pretty wild, I got published in Rolling Stone last week. I literally just got here, and already so many things are happening. Read more>>

Jason Bader and Jason Blackman

We met in the 3rd grade– at Hebrew school. We bonded over a mutual love of bands like Weezer, Green Day & Blink 182. It was actually a long time before we became close. We both knew that the other was a funny kid, but never really talked about it to each other. Then, in the 10th grade, I started a band with another friend, and we were looking for a drummer. Read more>>

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