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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.

Jose Mejia Jr.

I guess you could say I was born into it. When my parents met, my father was a cook at spot named Lucy’s. They started dating and my mother ended up being hired as a cashier. They’ve always had an insane work ethic so they put in long hours, scrimped and saved until they were able to buy their own place in Baldwin Park. Read more>>

Brittany Ingram

It’s kind of a funny story: I was like most young girls and wanted to be an actress and at 18, I landed a specialty background role as a cheerleader on Friday Night Lights. The person who booked me told me it was because I was small and Asian and that all of the other women on the cheer squad were real cheerleaders. Read more>>

Tansu Philip and David Friedman

I’ve always dreamed of opening a coffee shop, but neither of us had the experience or connections to do so. Tansu and I loved going on dates to boba spots. Instead of being that same ol’ community coffee shop, we decided we could bring the same concept with boba. It was a struggle, and many late night discussions (Arguments?) later, we were committed to making this happen. Tansu and I are basically married so opening a business together was a natural progression. Tansu has been such a creative force when it comes to marketing and I won’t stop working on something until it gets done. We make a great team. Read More>>

Charles Etoroma

Originally I am born and raised in North Carolina and went to school at NC State, where I studied Mechanical Engineering & Political Science. I always shock people when I tell them that but they were two things that I happened to be good at. My jr. year I realized I didn’t want to pursue either discipline professionally and ended up turning to entrepreneurship. Read more>>

Teya Erden

I’m from Turkey. I moved to United States when I was 13. I got a degree in Electrical Engineering but I realized after working a job I didn’t necessarily like, I’d rather take a pay cut and work somewhere I believe in and love. So I started working at Spaceland Presents. Read more>>

Carol Martinez

Ever since I could remember, as a child I had always been into art. I loved drawing and painting. In fact, I continued drawing throughout my high school, leading up to my college years. I grew up in a small town called San Jacinto, which motivated me to pursue my passion for art near the orange county. Read more>>

Nick Daily

I was born in Los Angeles and raised primarily in the Inland Empire. I am a twin, a momma’s boy, and the favorite. One of five siblings and we didn’t grow up with a whole lot (financially). I’ve always been someone comfortable in front of a crowd. I did theater in middle school, high school, and some of my college years as well as choir on and off since I was a child. Read more>>

Ally Roe

I’ve been doing musical theatre since childhood. Once high school came around, I was having an incredibly difficult home life. I wasn’t a great student, but going to school was always my favorite part of the day. Everyone saw me differently there than how I was seen at home. Read more>>

Kim sThompson

I’m a professional dancer in Los Angeles and the creator of Body Dada, a new fitness studio coming to Highland Park. I grew up dancing in NY at the Ailey School and came to LA to receive my degree at California Institute of the Arts. I’ve performed all over the city, with companies like LA Contemporary. Read more>>


Getting to this point where I feel comfortable enough to create my own sound has been quite the journey. I’ve ventured my way through various forms of art. Since I was four years old, I was quiet but loved to sing and move. Still an introvert, but there has always been a rhythm in my heart like no other. Read more>>

Adriana Ynez

As a kid, I was always naturally interested in music and when I was old enough, I started playing flute in the school band. By the time I reached high school, I had switched to guitar and started writing songs. For a while I just enjoyed it and played for myself, then at 14 I went to my first concert and it all just kind of clicked. Read more>>

Sol Luongo

I am a person of multiple passions. I work hard to realize them and try to stay focused. Sometimes it feels hard to talk about yourself because one gets shy about the most founding things. I was raised between Brazil and Uruguay, moving to the US in my mid-twenties. Read more>>

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