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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.

Valeria von Leczycki Goncharova Barrett

I came to US from Belarus (Eastern Europe) a little over two decades ago to work in the fashion industry while exploring the unfamiliar continent. While facing numerous challenges here in US, I gained a very extensive experience dealing with people from all walks of life with different backgrounds. Working for other people and organizations I have learned a great deal of how to get things done, but I think more importantly, what not to do! Read More>>

Amber Plaster

It wasn’t exactly a clear-cut path to editing, for me. No childhood dream come true. No role model to inspire the journey. Read More>>

Cyril and Evlyn Peretti

Our story began 3 years ago in the living room of our Melrose Apartment. Cyril, founder of the company & my now husband was hungry to create a business that could relate to many. The first idea was just social media, since it was becoming just part of everyone’s daily life. He asked around and found friends that could help him with the idea! Read More>>

Oren Benamor

My wedding videography business grew from my desire to help tell stories and share beautiful imagery with the world. I have a background in film and theater so starting my company was an easy transition and fortunately my business has grown based primarily upon couples’ recommendations. I love being a part of a couple’s special day and feel honored to document the beginning of a beautiful life together. Read More>>

Szu Hovakimyan

It all started when I moved to US from Poland in 2010. I used to love to learn and drown myself in academics. That was until I went to American high school and had to learn everything in my third language… That was tough! Read More>>

Calleen Cordero

Calleen started at fifteen in the shoe business in Northern California. Beginning in sales at an upscale boutique, her innate talent for fashion and her passion for well-crafted shoes began to shine through, and Calleen soon found herself elevated to the position of assistant buyer, traveling to Europe to view collections and meet with designers, all by the age of sixteen. From this precocious beginning, Calleen went on to represent some of the top names in the footwear industry (such as Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden and Dr. Marten’s) and learned about every aspect of the art and trade. Read More>>

Adam Lyons

POP THE PIXEL is an award-winning, multidisciplinary creative studio offering graphic design and website design services in Los Angeles. Founded by Adam Lyons in 2011, POP THE PIXEL is a company that assists clients with branding small businesses, creating websites, as well as providing other graphic design, web design and development, and creative consulting services. Read More>>

Lynsey Hand

We are an English company, and launched our shoe line in 2005. I had previously worked for a number of years as a buyer and designer for UK shoe companies, Clark’s and Office, before launching my own line. Our Aesthetic blends classic, 1940’s Hollywood and modern contemporary fashion, so where better to launch our first store than Los Angeles ?! 🙂 Read More>>

Jennifer Hovas

I was interested in clothing, textiles and accessories. I had the name (Contraband) and wanted to focus on a particular article of clothing. Looking back, I recognized since I was a baby, child and throughout my teenage years I wore various styles of hats and a lot of my peers didn’t. So, it only made since for me to use my individuality and push forward with Hats, Contraband Hats. Read More>>

Robin Higgins and Aaron Alpert

I’m a comedian and Aaron’s a photographer. We first worked together on my book, ‘We Don’t Think You’re Racist: Soothing Affirmations From People Of Color’ which required us to take photos of 50 comedians of color making crazy faces. The photoshoot went so well we started doing other photo series together, we’d set up shop and take pictures of all the comedians that hosted shows at certain comedy theaters, or different improv and sketch teams around town. Read More>>

Harry Blitzstein

My great-grandfather painted cupids in Russian churches, my grandfather played violin like Fiddler on the roof, my mother was an impressionist painter, so naturally I took to art. My art gallery on Fairfax was my father’s shoe store where I worked for many years, escaping only to pick up my degrees, a BA in writing (I spent ten years proving that I’m no Kafka, though I do likely have the largest collection of books on Kafka west of anywhere), and an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate School in 1964. Read More>>

Victor Dillon

Half Off Founder, Victor Dillon has always loved fashion and the thrill of finding a great bargain. When he was younger he couldn’t afford the high-quality clothing at department and specialty stores. But that didn’t stop him, so he befriended some of the wholesale suppliers for his favorite shops, he started buying directly from them. His friends would always ask him where he got his cool clothes and were amazed at the low prices he paid for them. Read More>>

Ross Dodds

I started on a journey of researching the possibility of getting into the laundry business at the beginning of January 2014 and 11 months later finally locked in on one in Hollywood and began the purchasing process. We closed Escrow 12/11/2014 and I hit the ground running with many repairs and upgrades needed on an older laundry. Progress was halted when I received a phone call at 3:41 AM 12/16/2014 that the shopping plaza was on fire. Read More>>

Peter White

I got my start in piano work in 2011, but the story begins long before that. I started playing piano when I was 8. I’d played violin for 4 years before that but the piano called to me, or the piano bench rather––I was sick of having to stand up while practicing violin. Read More>>

JES

From an early age I was drawn to music. I was obsessed with the radio and learning every word to the songs I heard on it so I could sing along. I grew up in Manhattan amongst a musical family so we had a piano and a guitar in our apartment so I used to stay up late into the night recording my own songs on an old tape recorder. Read More>>

Ken Weil

Well growing up I can say that on and off, mostly on, I’ve had some kind of camera in my hand since I was nine. I was a shy introverted child which is great for the creative side of my brain. I spent a lot of time watching everything around me. People. Television. Read More>>

Logan Stark

A few years ago I was working as a programmer at a startup job in El Segundo and I was unhappy with my situation. My girlfriend at the time had a graphic design company that would occasionally offer web design. We worked on a few projects together before I decided to leave my full-time job. Read More>>

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