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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.

Fabian Egger

I started playing drums when I was 2 years old. I grew up in a tiny village overseas in Switzerland that goes by the name of Rüthi. Passionate about and intrigued by music I always dreamed of travelling the world and playing in arenas. After winning multiple international drum awards I was asked if I’d be interested in coming to LA and study at Musicians Institute. Read more>>

Moncho1929

I originally grew up in the South Bronx NYC in the late 80’s and used to see graffiti when I would walk to the corner bodega or ride with my grandfather ( where the name Moncho comes from ). I was always drawing at the kitchen table and stealing paint from my mother (who painted a little herself). Read more>>

Giovanna Salas

I, like many others, have encountered roadblocks when trying to find a place in the entertainment industry. Some of us have better luck in this regard, but others end up losing everything, including their lives, to pursue a dream. As most people now know, Hollywood has a dark side that involves prostitution, porn, addiction, depersonalization by fame and many other risks. Read more>>

Naoko Takei Moore

My journey with TOIRO started with just one donabe, Kamado-san rice cooker and my passion to introduce this amazing donabe in the US on August 27, 2008. As a native of Tokyo, Japan, I not only have grown up eating rice, but also have developed a palate to appreciate the best quality Japanese and international cuisines thanks to my parents. Read more>>

Nick Stravinsky

I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, the founder of Selfieman. I was born in a small town in Russia and spent my childhood at music and choreography schools, playing soccer in between. After graduating from high school in 2001 I spent next 12 years getting my Master’s Degree in conducting, drums and percussion at Samara Academy of Art. Read more>>

Ana Sofia Gomez

Two years ago I was offered my dream job at my dream company in the fashion industry. I left Texas and moved out to L.A to pursue the opportunity. A year into my job the company filed for bankruptcy and I was laid off. Three months prior to being laid off my mom had made me a bikini for a trip I was making with friends, a couple followers on Instagram asked where it is was from when I posted an image wearing it. Read more>>

Joshua Shultz

When I was 28 I was not happy with what I was doing and decided to take a chance on my dream of making art. I gave up everything and went full time into photography. At first I had some success and begun photographing all types of people who inspired me. Magazines and celebrities started contacting me for my work. Read more>>

Sonia Lee

I studied art and fashion in Korea. One of my teachers suggested I transition into makeup as I had an eye for beauty. I then attended the best makeup school in Korea. Due to my skills, Amore and Judanhak are the two companies that influenced me to come to Los Angeles more study beauty. Read more>>

Shekinah Garner

I don’t think anything worth having and truly being a master at can come without some degree of difficulty and challenge! I ofcourse have faced my fair share… Although, I will say that I think when one chooses a profession that is considered a trade, you have to possess some level of talent or natural ability in the area of focus. Read more>>

Joy Autumn

I’ve been writing songs my whole life. When I was a small child, I’d run around in circles in the yard all day singing and making up lyrics and melodies and then at night I’d perform them for my mom as way to entertain her and the family. As a teenager, I realized I could use songwriting as a form of therapy. I listened to female artists, and was particularly drawn to Joni Mitchell for her honesty and sincerity. Read more>>

Kelli Hayden

I had an early fascination with photography and started playing with cameras at the age of 10. I got a Kodak Star 110 camera for my 10th birthday and began taking photos of friends and still objects and interesting scenes, something I still do today. In high school, I discovered my love for black and white darkroom photography. Read more>>

Deborah Kagan

2008 marked the shift into what you see now—the Deborah Kagan/Rock Your Mojo™ brand. For 12 years up to that point, I had a successful Feng Shui consulting business that included products, consulting and speaking. But there was a little voice that wouldn’t leave me alone pushing me to do ‘the women’s work.’ Read more>>

Christian Bulich

I remember seeing seeing the Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland for the first time when I was a kid, back when we were still living in Uzbekistan, and I instantly fell in love with that movie. The world, the songs, the characters, everything was just so magical. Looking back I think that this movie actually started everything for me. It sparked something in me as a kid, which I subconsciously kept internalizing more and more. Read more>>

Jimena Fosado

My name is Jimena Fosado. I’m a 22 year old born and raised in Mexico City. I’m a female guitarist who graduated Musicians Institute and already toured nationally couple times in the U.S. Played with Steve Vai, Scott Paige the sax player from Pink Floyd, Paul Reed Smith, and Lynete Skynyrd. Read more>>

Aaron Dalla Villa

I’ve always been an entertainer. I knew it at a very young age, probably the reason why my grandmother would call me “Little Jim Carrey.” Attending the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA really solidified that for me. This was something I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Dani Katz

I’ve always, always been a writer. I nabbed a Master’s degree in Journalism from USC while journalism was wheezing its last breath, and spent the next few years taking a shit ton of psychedelics and backpacking all over the world. Back in LA, I moved to a hippie commune at the bottom of Topanga Canyon, and wrote about all things weird, witchy, metaphysical and “out there” for the LA Weekly – back when the paper was relevant and rad. Read more>>

Natalie Nagengast & Derek De Vette

NATALIE: What started as a hobby visiting markets around the world turned into a passion. I started my first Market for Makers in 2015. We’ve created explosive growth and are now in multiple cities.  These comprise handmade makers, boutiques, vintage and unique items that you can’t find in stores. Read more>>

Peter Cameron

I grew up in a small, country town in NSW, Australia, called Quirindi. Originally, I always wanted to be an actor so after graduating high school, I moved to Sydney in order to pursue those goals. After living in Sydney for a few years, I started to get the thirst to tell stories and so I decided to enroll in film school and that’s where my passion for film making was born. Read more>>

Jake Kroeger

Once upon a time (about 13 years ago), I wanted to be a Christopher Nolan type, a writer/director of bankable psychological thrillers. I wanted nothing to do with comedy or live performance. Read more>>

Caroline D’Amore

My childhood was spent in the restaurants or on site catering big events or film sets. When I became a teenager I did what all teenagers do– rebelled big time against the business. Read more>>

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