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Inspiring Stories from Hollywood

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 Hollywood’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 Hollywood’s rising stars below.

Gabriela Sosa

It all started at the Bilingual Foundation for the Arts where many of the actors where interpreters as well. Since I worked as a conference interpreter in Panama, the decision was an easy one.  Read more>>

Amanda Robinson

I’ve always loved hair and makeup. When I was a little girl, I always practiced braiding my mother’s hair and applying makeup on anyone who would let me. It wasn’t a surprise when I decided to pursue it as a trade. Read more>>

Jimmy McGill

As a Los Angeles native, I’ve always been fascinated with this city. Every chance I got as a kid, I snapped as many photos with my Cannon Sure Shot that included the word “Hollywood.” Now, forty-plus years later, I still find myself looking down at every star on the walk of fame as I run errands, dine, have a cocktail, etc. along Hollywood Boulevard. Read more>>

Bill Macomber and Ayanna Hart

I started Fancy 15 years ago when I was a documentary editor. Over the years I have pivoted the company a number of times, and ended up focusing on color and finishing in 2011. Ayanna and I joined up in early 2016 and that’s when Fancy really started to take off as a world class finishing house. Read more>>

Bob Pranga

Dr. Christmas has been around officially since 1995. I got my start working at Macy’s Herald Square, New York after moving to Los Angeles. I work for Kathy Hilton Paris’s mother who introduced me to Los Angeles. Read more>>

Brian Carpenter

I grew up on the Mexican border in South Texas, where I enjoyed the benefits of diversity as I lived side-by-side with another race, religion, and culture. I went to Harvard in the late ’60’s, an era that saw the end of the Vietnam War and the beginnings of Women’s Lib, Black Power, and Gay Liberation. Read more>>

Evan Menak, Christopher Hall, Michael Capuano, and David Beede

The beginnings of Icemen Audio formed at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY. College buddies Evan, Christopher, and David were all part of the “Hofstra Film Club”, an organization that promotes the teaching and learning of filmmaking – and still does to this day. Read more>>

Alison Savior

My life path was forever changed at age 14 when I was brought to a Chiropractor with a collapsing spinal condition. Orthopedic surgeons had already diagnosed my situation as structurally irreversible and would cripple me for life. Spinal surgery was recommended with two Titanium rods permanently to be implanted along the full length of my spine. Read more>>

Niv Kaikov

I’m an entrepreneur, life coach, motivational speaker and a musician. However, when people ask me what it is that I do I say that I’m a serial dreamer. I started to professionally coach people about their personal life as well as their business life about 7 years ago. Read more>>

Heather Bell and Jenny Engel

We went vegan close to 20 years ago in college as we were both Environmental Science majors and made the connection between what we put in our body and how that directly impacts our planet. It was soon clear we needed to be vegan for life. Read more>>

Amy Guion

I wanted to be a ballerina and trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School while growing up in Seattle. My senior year of high school I had a back injury, and that combined with a full ride to Loyola Marymount University for an academic scholarship brought me to LA to study natural science/physical therapy. Read more>>

Zeinab Ghais

I have always had love for color and textures. Growing up I had the luxury of living overseas, which surrounded me with culture and the outdoors. As I grew up I was always told that I had great vision and could look at a room and know just were to put things. Read more>>

Ernie Alonzo

Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to meet may unique and talented personalities. Being a huge Disney fan and growing up in Orange County, I had the chance to work with Disney Legend and Imagineer, Bob Gurr on a couple different events my company produced. Read more>>

Arica Angelo

As a young newly divorcee, single in a new city, I found myself having to figure out dating. I would soon learn that I enjoyed dating immensely and got so good at it, a friend of mine said “Hey you should start writing about this!” Read more>>

William Close

My background is in sculpture music and architecture along with growing up on sailboats. This combination inspired me to create a series of new experimental fantastic sounding musical instruments. Over the years I have created over 100 new musical instruments and inventions. Read more>>

Jason Potter

As a kid, I was always into the idea of selling things. I don’t think it was as much about making money as it was the concept of commerce itself. Of course, I was too young at the time to define it that way — I was just a five-year-old kid selling “hand painted” rocks door-to door in my neighborhood. Read more>>

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