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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.


Music was always my first love but I used to be a little shy and had bad stage fright! I’d push myself to audition and perform even though I was so nervous. When I was 17, I met a music producer named Omar El Barkaoui and for me this was the pivotal moment of me pursuing music. Soon after, I auditioned for CK Gospel Choir and toured with them for a couple of years before starting to really build up my solo projects. It’s been a lot of hustling and working so many random jobs to fund my music (working as an air hostess for Emirates, receptionist, presenter, etc.) and I am so grateful for all the people I have met along the way and everything I have learnt so far. Ultimately this whole journey helped me develop my sound and image, now I am so focused and know what I want to achieve. Read more>>

Katrina Kroetch

My story starts very similarly to most young 20-something girls that move to Los Angeles. I didn’t originally want to be a female magician in Los Angeles. I wanted to do acting. Read More>>

Zev Lerner

My filmmaking journey started out in my childhood backyard making horror movies with my brother Ari. Following this passion naturally led me to film school at SDSU and then moving to Los Angeles where I began working on TV, commercials and music video shoots. While working within the traditional film industry, I noticed a huge problem: Brands throwing tons of money into video content, without ever seeing real business results. So I decided to start my own company, Zeel Media, which solves that by taking a marketing approach to video production. To date, we have helped over 100 clients grow their audiences, launch new products, stay top of mind with their existing customers, and save time through video automation. Read more>>

Alex Zanzinger

I became drawn to ceramics as a young adult, studying the art in college as an elective interest but never branching out to explore my own practice until only a few years ago. As a ceramicist, I focus on hand building, which brings an organic nature to each piece, creating its own likeness even when building the same form again and again. I appreciate the impressions of my hands on the clay, the imperfections that arise which enhance each form. My process is very intuitive, creating shapes as I go along through the meditative practice of using my hands to guide the form and allow it to actualize. I draw inspiration mainly from nature, the sea and movement in the human body, trying to capture the qualities particular to each element. Read more>>

James Michael Perez

I was born and raised in a small border town in south Texas called Weslaco. Being a creative type growing up made me a black sheep for the most part. Fortunately, I had little sisters and I would glam them up for their ballet recitals in my teen years just for fun but never thought it could be a career. Makeup, fashion and art have always intrigued me but it is was makeup that brought the artistic passion out of me and brought me out to LA ten years ago. I’m still on the stepping stones of pursuing my dreams and establishing a name for myself in the beauty industry. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing people such as Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson, Fifth Harmony, Jessica Alba, Lisa Rinna. I can’t wait to see what else my artistic future has in store for me. Read more>>

Jennifer Molina

I have always been spiritually inclined and tapped into this esoteric way of life. Ever since I was a little girl, I experienced increased levels of heightened senses and awareness & it was my mother who was my early Earthly guide who helped me through many challenging episodes experienced as a child – she was my first introduction to the spirit of Unconditional Love vibrations up until the day she died when I was only nine. After she passed, life for myself was not an easy road and definitely the road less traveled. When most kids were playing (although I played) I was interested in ghost, aliens, ESP, Psychic Powers, Martial Arts, Being a Faery ninja, witchcraft, tarot cards, ASTROLOGY, and anything else that was typically not widely accepted nor openly shared. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, I was raised Catholic and studied all religions. Read more>>

Kelly Perine

I’m originally from the East Coast as my father was a professor at the Pennsylvania State University. Because he did a lot of Community Theater, I found myself on stage by the age of 4 and got hooked on performing. After High School at Lake Forest Academy outside Chicago, I went to Pomona College in Claremont where I received a BA in film studies, then went to University of California Irvine and got an MFA in drama. Ever since then, I’ve been lucky to have a 26-year Hollywood career. I’ve been a series regular on Between Brothers, One On One, Knight Squad, and a lot of people know me from The Drew Carey Show and the numerous other guest stars roles I’ve done. So I consider myself a journeyman and work-a-day actor. A blue-collar Tinsel Town hustler. A lot of people see me as a “That guy.” Read more>>

Randell Amie

My story is not too far off from most musicians and singers be it growing up in what was called the holiness church being a PK also known as a pastors kid who lived up to the stigma of what pastors kids get into. I think its really funny that I am a musician though because my father who is 100% black born and raised in Los Angeles Ca, has absolutely no rhythm and is for sure tone def, The only other musician in my family bloodline that I know of was my mothers brother my uncle Robert, I grabbed ahold to music at the age of two I banged on pots pans and moms expensive china all families had a china cabinet back in that day. I’d also brake hangers and use the soft white part as drum sticks as well as stack books and used lampshades for cymbals. Read more>>

Diego Medellin

I live a life without filter. It’s in my blood to be outspoken and I love to observe and study people’s behavior and personalities. Also, I do have a talent for manipulation, which sounds horrible but my parents gave me a strong education and because of it, I’ve always used this for my craft and not for taking advantage of people. I have cero shyness in me, talking in public fuels me and I’ve always been a very honest and open man. All these talents made me a natural actor. When I was a kid, my teachers and family would ask me to tell jokes and they would all laugh, maybe the jokes weren’t that good but the fact that a small child would just stand up, grab a mic and start talking was enough to create laughter. Read more>>

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