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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.

Alexandria Valentine

My grandmother Marie used to watch me and my cousins while our parents worked. She always kept me inside with her while my cousins played outside. Her reasoning for keeping me indoors was “I was special baby” as she would say. Read more>>

Andrea Damuding

I’m a cinematographer currently freelancing in LA. I’m half Italian and half Chinese, plus I had a Canadian tutor when I was little to teach me English, so I’ve always worked on international projects. I was born in Verona, Italy and raised in Beijing, China. Read more>>

Daniel Loumpouridis

I learned how to produce from watching a friend of mine throughout high school. I asked him to produce my music that I hadn’t even written yet and he told me, flatly, “No. Do it yourself”. It was honestly one of the greatest gifts anyone has ever given me. That was the moment I started thinking about production as a potential avenue for my own creativity. Read more>>

Asher Jelinsky

I took a video production class in college on a whim and fell in love with it, but didn’t consider filmmaking as a career until several years later. Both my parents are scientists, so I didn’t really have a model of a working artist growing up. I majored in Media Studies and Public Health in undergrad and worked a bit in both fields. Read more>>

Alan Michnoff

After shooting a few boring rolls of film, I was visited in a dream by William Mortensen. I didn’t recognize the deceased photographer, but I just knew who he was. This wasn’t like “The Sandlot” where I had a conversation with Babe Ruth, just a brief wordless encounter. Read more>>

Eva Gardner

I was born and raised in Hollywood, CA and I knew I wanted to be a bass player before I even really knew what it meant. My Dad was a bassist from London and part of the British Invasion scene of the 1960s and 70s. He eventually moved to LA in 1975 where he continued to play music. Read more>>

Conor Britain

I’ve always liked making things, and after a few years in the digital advertising world I was ready to take on a project that was both tangible and captured something meaningful. It took me a while to figure out what that would be, but in 2016 inspiration struck after going on a baseball road trip with my dad. Read more>>

Megan Gersch

I’ve always had a big passion for both music and art. I grew up in Richmond, VA, and have been going to shows since I was 12 or 13. Throughout high school, I helped out local bands with creating their flyers and promoting their upcoming events. Read more>>

Marcela Osegueda

I am a Fashion Designer, Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist. I was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles and let me say that my journey was a complete roller coaster. At a young age, I was always interested in fashion, makeup and hair. I used to sit in the mirror for hours at the age of 12 practicing hair and makeup. Read more>>

Dan Gleyzer

My journey through music has never been as surefire as many others I have met… I have always been drawn to music, but coming from a non-musical immigrant family, it was hard for me to really find a way into it. The turning point for me actually happened when I was away at a sleepaway camp for the summer. Read more>>

Dylan Nash

I picked up the guitar as soon as I started high school and quickly became completely obsessed with music and how to write and record it. Instead of partying in my teens, I basically stayed home and watched a lot of “how to produce” YouTube videos, so that I could record the bands I was playing guitar and singing in at the time. Read more>>

Karin Roest

I grew up really shy without confidence, feeling like an outcast and didn’t fit in with my peers. After college, I became the secretary to a Hollywood producer, and a few years later had learned enough to start my own talent agency and entertainment company. Read more>>

Lauren Amador

To get to where I am in architecture – with a new practice as of the beginning of 2019 – I followed the mentors that I found the most intimidating and eccentric. If someone was on another planet yet somehow could see everything on this one so clearly. Read more>>

Bianca de la Garza

At 19, I began reporting on television and my journalism career would span almost two decades and take me coast to coast covering major stories of our time. I eventually became an anchor and would be sent around the globe covering international events from 9/11 to the Royal Wedding and the church abuse crisis. Read more>>

Bre Furman

I was born in Arlington, Virginia and moved to Morgantown, West Virginia at five years old and stayed in that area for the most part since. I grew up happy but blinded by my adolescence of course and not ever thinking that moving almost once a year to a new apartment. Read more>>

Nasreen’ El-Shabazz

From a very young age, I’ve always had a passion for the entertainment business. When I was 3 1/2, I did my first modeling fashion show at the fox hills mall located in Culver City, CA. From there I went on to do a variety of pageants. The most recent and exciting one was Little Miss Africa American. Read more>>

Nancy Rumagit

I’ve always grown up around art, even though I didn’t realize it. I started off with ballet and piano because my mom encouraged me to. When I turned 11, I started reading a lot of books, and not long after, I started writing as well. By this point, I had quit ballet because of the enormous pressure I found along with it. Read more>>

Hannah Gustafson

I was diagnosed with post-concussive syndrome at 19 after a barbell fell on my face. It took me close to two years to feel back to normal. At one point I thought I’d never be able to work, so I was relieved when I was well enough to go back to school and get my teaching degree. Read more>>

Saeed Renaud

I started singing at the age of six. I knew instantly that what I was born to do so I started writing and singing everywhere I could. Fast forward to my teens I gravitated to Groups Because I didn’t think that I was the ideal “look” that the “Music industry” was looking for. Being in groups had good and bad benefits. Read more>>

Paris Hatcher

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, world traveler, Paris Michelle Hatcher has always had a passion for life and fashion. In 2010, Paris started her own fashion blog, Where Sexy Meets Classy. Inspired by her parents, who would sacrifice anything for her. Read more>>

Aria Song

Being born in Beijing and blessed with the opportunity to live in seven different cities and travel to 25+ countries, I’ve always been fascinated by three things: (一) art + language, and the intricacies of communication and expression, (二) culture + heritage. Read more>>

Devon DeJardin

When he was fourteen, he founded a clothing brand with his brother. They started by uploading scans of DeJardin’s work and selling it to friends, but eventually their clothes were selling in premium labels and stores in 16 countries. When he moved to Los Angeles for college, he focused on neither art nor fashion. Read more>>

Dennis Noack

I attended a hippie art school in a suburb of Portland, Or., that essentially opened the floodgates for where I find myself today. It was a middle/high school combo so I attended this public institution for seven years (with the exception of sophomore year. Read more>>

Teddy Atkins

I have been passionately creative since my little legs could hold my weight and keep a steady rhythm on the dance floor. Dance was my first and most comfortable form of communication and expression growing up as I was challenged to “find my voice” early on as a timid and shy youth. Read more>>

Sandrine Rudaz

What many people do not know about me is that before becoming a film music composer, I was a classical pianist. I actually entered the conservatory in Switzerland at the age of three, where I started the piano a year later. My father never had the chance to take music classes. Read more>>

Saint Ee Ha

Saint Ee Ha is a musical revolution committed to uniting the world under a simple unified message to KILL THE POVERTY. The Band has been performing in Los Angeles since 2018. Band started their first live show at “Whisky a go go”, which is a legendary venue where rock and roll originated in the 80s. Read more>>

Eithan Davidov

I’ve always been doing art. It’s almost like music has been an itch in my head since I was born. I let this feeling drive me. Producing and making music is only the next step I’m taking on this journey. Now to get to my story, for real… I was born and raised in Queens New York into a family of artists. Read more>>

Nikita Francois

I grew up in beautiful Westchester, New York. I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in acting. I caught the proverbial “acting bug” on opening night of my elementary school production of “Annie.” As soon as the curtains opened, lights went up. Read more>>

Scott Naar

I was born in Jamaica the son of a banker, and as a child I struggled with a lot of social issues. One issue that I reconciled with constantly was the fact that I felt like I had no talents. All my friends were good at sports, I was terrible at sports, all my friends could draw well. Read more>>

Rui Niu

I just finished my second year majoring in Film Production MFA program at Loyola Marymount University. In the past two years at LMU, I have directed three short films and one web series, while completed another 20 short films credited as production designer. Read more>>

Annika Alejo

I am a true born and raised Southern California girl and grew up in the lovely suburbs of Orange County. I began dancing at age three and since then it has evolved into an integral part of my life and self-identity. I trained at Focus Dance Center of the Performing Arts. Read more>>

Amita Batra

I’ve been dancing for as long as I remember, with my training in both western and Indian classical forms. However, growing up in two different cultural settings, I never felt that I truly belonged in one, which made me realize that my story is one that can’t be defined by one dance style or culture. Read more>>

Aliice

I guess I could blame Disney for getting me going as a kid. I needed my daily fix of sing-alongs but I would say it was The Little Mermaid that pushed me over the edge and made me realize I needed to dedicate my life to music, singing just made me feel more alive than anything else. Read more>>

Jake Jensen

I moved to LA five years ago to pursue my acting career. I had already done a lot of print and commercial work in cities such as Miami, New York, and Atlanta, but was ready to focus more on TV and film. Three years ago, I met my creative and producing partner Kiké Adedeji in an acting class. Read more>>

J “Syphon” Gonzalez

I’m a record producer, mixing and recording engineer. Best known for being All Money in’s recording artist Pacman Da Gunman’s go to engineer, currently I am running my own studio in Hollywood California, where I make innovative records with some of the world’s most established stars alongside. Read more>>

Qiyu Zhou

I started my film journey as far back as I can remember. I still recall how my mom looked at me with a smile when I tried to mix honey with red ink to make the fake blood look thinker. Back then, I had no concept of what directing was, but I loved spending time with my best friend. Read more>>

Shams FireGoddess

I was borne in Buenos Aires Argentina, my parents moved to the states when I was a child. I was in ballet since the age of four and learned about 12 different dance styles that today I combine with stunts. In 2003, I was doing the faceless tour with Godsmack which is what trigger my passion to connect with fire. Read more>>

Bila B.

I’m born in a small city in Eastern Europe. After finishing high school, I started working in a vintage store and that was my playground for my creativity. I started designing clothes and styling. I moved to Toronto Canada and lived there for some time where I continued to study fashion. Read more>>

Christie Griffin

I was always incredibly shy as a kid. Whenever any sort of performance was required for school, I hid behind my bangs in the back. When my family moved to America for the first time from Scotland, I came out of my shell a bit, but never enough to be on stage. Read more>>

Flo Rudoff

I moved from London to LA over ten years ago (yes, I still have the accent) and quickly realized my passion for beauty. Wanting to disguise my British pastiness, I had to book a spray tan. Before I even paid for my spray tan, I made the decision to work there. Read more>>

Sonia Grace

The first glimpse of how powerful music can be was watching Brenda Fassie perform in front of Nelson Mandela. She was not only bold enough to hand him a banana, undeterred by his bodyguards, but she was an extremely talented musician, sexy, powerful, beautiful and an all-round entertainer. Read more>>

Chris Kinney

I started music at the age of 13. I fell in love with it when I heard myself on an instrumental and I knew this was something I would be interested in for a long time. All through high school, I made music and accumulated over 100,000 followers on Instagram. I then proceeded to move to Los Angeles at the age of 19. Read more>>

Zachary Fairless

At 19 (in 2010), I moved from my hometown Yucca Valley, CA to Los Angeles. I dropped out of the community college I was kind of attending and used that FAFSA money to pay for my first month’s rent in LA. All I knew was that I wanted to “do comedy!” I immediately took an improv class at Groundlings. Read more>>

Meghan Rose

I’m still trying to get that perfect “elevator pitch” story down, but here goes nothing… I grew up in a very conservative and traditional part of the country. I was born and raised in New Hampshire, with über-religious backgrounds on both my mom’s side and dad’s side of the family. Read more>>

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