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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.

Jasmine Newman

We are two women pharmacists, working in a retail pharmacy with years of experience. We tried to use our accumulated knowledge in science and ancient formulas and developed our skin care products made with caviar. Read More>>

Olha Afanasyeva

I am a proud Ukrainian immigrant, lived in few European cities before moving to Los Angeles. This is the city I absolutely love as it has same bright dynamic character as mine. Read More>>

Joseph Corella

I started dancing at the age 7 in Phoenix, Arizona. My love for dance was immediate and movement became my creative outlet. Being a male dancer presented its challenges, but dance continually lifted me up during the difficult times. Read More>>

Lisa Mills

I started The Speed Walking Dog in 2012 after working as an attorney and TV producer for nearly 20 years. After working that many years, 16 hour daily, I woke up and realized life was passing me by. Read More>>

Lana Manganiello

After I had a baby, I noticed a few things…1) Moms were often sacrificing their own happiness and well-being during their child/children’s first few years, 2) There is a lot of guilt around using childcare, and 3) There was no standard in care when it came to babysitting. Read More>>

Joey Honsa

I have always found interesting ways of supplementing my income while pursuing acting as a career. Since working the phone at the Chop Suey joint in my hometown and booking commercials in my early teens, to later being a bartender, swing-dance instructor, and makeup and wig specialist at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. Read More>>

 Kerry E McKenna

I am a former actress, writer, mover and improviser, who started in music as a French Horn player. My twelve years in theatre in Chicago probably defined me most early on. Read More>>

Samara Bay

I coach actors for television and film, either working alongside them on set, or preparing them for an audition or role at my home office. I started out coaching off-Broadway theater when I got out of grad school, about ten years ago, and was an adjunct professor of dialects at Pace University in Manhattan. Read More>>

Brian Davis

I was raised in a tract home near the beach in South Orange County. I got my first camera when I was ten years old and started to take photography seriously as a teenager. Read More>>

Grace Pei

Jinza is a native designer who spent her career at the forefront of fashion, Jinza Jin began a sweeping takeover of the bridal industry at just nineteen years old. In the 1980s, she was one of the few talented students sent to Japan to study fabric design from a famous Japanese designer. Read More>>

Derek HUBB Irwin

I was always a fan of magic when I was little but I didn’t get into magic seriously until I was in my twenties when I visited an old magic shop I grew up around called Best Magic. I came home and showed it to my roommates and it blew their minds. Read More>>

David Malek

I started as a professional gambler playing Blackjack in Las Vegas in the early 1990’s. Had a few very successful years but gravitated more toward entertainment. Moved to Hollywood to pursue acting and magic. Read More>>

Jonathan Theriault

Barham Lounge Productions was a name jokingly created years ago upon throwing an annual after-Halloween party for most of the cast and crew of Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights. The party was originally hosted by former Universal Studios scare actors, Scott Sytten and myself, at Scott’s apartment located on Barham Blvd in Los Angeles (hence the name Barham Lounge). Read More>>

 Tatyana Aleksandrova

I came to the United States in 2004 from Estonia and started free-lance photography in 2005. By 2007 I considered photography my full-time job. I tried different types and styles – fashion, head-shots, commercial and real estate photography. Read More>>

Klaudia Usnarski

I’m a professional painter that specializes in Abstract surreal artwork. Studio Ink Elegant Portraits was first created from my love of drawing, and social engagement. Read More>>

David Negrete

I started out helping a local political campaign as a volunteer. During this time, the candidate needed photos and a photographer was hired to take picture of the candidate. Read More>>

Ryan Darton

A few years ago, I saw a video go viral of a bride and groom who had a production company shoot slow motion footage of them and their guests at their reception. After the wedding, the production company edited together a really great video from all of the clips that they captured and posted it to the web about a week later. Read More>>

Charles Neal

I’ve always been very creative even as a little child. I started off by making hair bows for girls which I would sell to the children at my elementary school. Read More>>

 Rohan Talwar

For Rohan Talwar, founder of IB Hospitality and owner of Norah in West Hollywood, hospitality reaches far beyond food, drink, and ambiance. His love of travel, coupled with his appreciation for elevated cuisine and design, shapes his distinctive philosophy on service. Read More>>

Maha Saab

I’ve always wondered about the gap between creative, hands on learning and formal education. I questioned my classroom learning experiences and what the value was to me since age I could remember! Read More>>

Theresa Millio

My husband, Andrew and I opened Loco 4 Tech 2 and a half years ago. We are from New York and moved to Los Angeles with our son who is seven and our daughter who is 5. Read More>>

Katya Tsyganova

Born in a city that you won’t find on a map, in a country that doesn’t exist anymore, she travels around the globe with a great passion for fashion photography capturing elusive beauty of this world in her dramatic colorful pictures. Read More>>

Cal Ajmal

SoCalFRESH has been serving meals since 2015. I started the company after I saw how we have such a busy life and our time was taken up by work, kids school/sports. Read More>>

Samantha Colicchio

As a little girl, I loved rearranging the furniture in my room. Every time my parents would come in to say goodnight, or to check on me, my desk would be in a different place, or a chair would be moved, or all my paintings would be on different walls! I was a funny little kid. Read More>>

Kaleb Oh

Gravity x Catalyst is actually a combination of two separate brands, Gravity LA and Catalyst Jewelry. My wife, Abby Lozares and I, Sejin Oh, started Gravity LA 4 years ago and was looking to open a brick and mortar. Read More>>

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