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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.

Travis Coles

I moved to Los Angeles in 2009 working at the Trader Joe’s in Glendale where I met my first celebrity, professional wrestler, Chyna. I threw away my Hawaiian shirt one week later for my first TV industry job as a post production assistant on a CBS pilot that never saw the light of day. Read more>>

Beverly Hynds, Rob Prior

Oh wow. What a question. I don’t know that I can really pinpoint an inciting incident that brought Rob and me to where we are today. It has been a beautiful and wild roller coaster ride. A roller coaster that we seem to keep adding tracks to only we aren’t quite sure which direction it will take us next. Read more>>

Cindee Rood

We’ve all been told to Do What You Love, and one thing I really love is Travel (59 countries and counting – from Sri Lanka to Syria, Oman to Myanmar, Jordan to Japan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda…you name it). The more off the beaten path, the more I loved it! Read more>>

Mark Giles, Steven Ettinger

I’m from Washington State, and had one tour in the Navy as an Electronics Technician Nuclear where I met Steve “Panda” Ettinger, my business partner. After the Navy I returned home to attend Central Washington University and graduated with honors, BA in Film, Minor in Computer Science. Read more>>

Jack Graham, Konnor Bennett

We wanted to create an experience that reminded us why we love LA — something cool, spontaneous, and unique, and really drawing on what makes LA special, like the mansions in the hills, the lofts in downtown, and even your late-night taco trucks. Read more>>

Harmonie Krieger

I think I caught the entrepreneurial bug at age 12, when I started planning birthday parties for the kids I was babysitting after school. I realized quickly that I loved event planning and putting smiles on people’s faces! The LIVE experience was priceless. Read more>>

Josh Rossi

When I was a young boy I was obsessed with art. I was born in Florence,Italy where I lived for 7 years.When I hit high school I saw no need to pursue art and so I dropped it and got into other things. After high school I got an internship with a film production company and started getting more into film. Read more>>

Gareth Taylor

As far as I can remember I loved watching films and TV shows (what kid doesn’t?…). It was a way to discover worlds I didn’t know about and live vicariously through fascinating characters. Growing up in Switzerland, those things seemed that much more distant from me and therefore had a strong impact. Read more>>

Vanessa Escamilla

My career began in NYC when I met with an experiential marketing agency that was looking for an event coordinator for their new client Amstel Light. They loved that I was young, had a background in the beer industry and were willing to teach me everything. Read more>>

Adrienne Visnic

I grew up in Philadelphia, trained in NYC, attended the University of Southern California and now, I’m based here in Los Angeles. My love for acting all started when I was signed up for art camp, but happened upon the theatre building I just instinctively knew that’s where I belonged – I was 7, but you had to be 8 to do the shows. Read more>>

Ludwig Jonsson

Music has always been a huge part of my life but I initially spent most of my childhood playing sports. I thought I was going to play hockey professionally, but when I was 19, I got injured, and that dream was not going to become a reality. Read more>>

Erin Christman

I started The Food Romantic with one main purpose – to share my love affair with food! I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas in a household that almost always had a home-cooked meal on the table. Read more>>

Alison Trent

I grew up in Canberra, Australia where I was lucky enough to have open spaces and outdoor adventures with my twin brother and two sisters. It was not uncommon to have extremely venomous spiders, deadly snakes and the odd kangaroo in the backyard. Read more>>

Nathan Harvey

My story started when i was in 4th Grade and they told my class whoever wanted to join band would go to the cafeteria. I didn’t feel confident enough to play different notes with my fingers but i felt i could hit something with a stick, yea that made sense. Read more>>

Sandy Holmes

Started in radio, actually wanted to buy a radio station many years ago, and the sage advice given was to ‘marry yourself to someone who knows sales”-so, I transitioned from working in Labor Relations to a sales job at a local FM station. Was living in DC at the time. Read more>>

Franco Wright

Scent Bar was created as an answer to offer a physical enviroment to our online store, luckyscent.com. In 2006 we set out to create a boutique concept that was a comfortable and relaxing place to experience our incredible selection of independent niche perfumes in a no-pressure sales environment. Read more>>

Roger Bussell

California Native, Born in Los Angeles . As a child i grew up in Marin County and The San Francisco Bay Area. I was very fortunate to grow up in houses of those who really spawned much of the 60’s Counter Culture Renaissance that the Northern California and San Francisco are known for. Read more>>

Tyler Parks

Tyler Parks is an actor & singer-songwriter (originally from Atlanta, GA – now based in Los Angeles) who just released his first studio EP titled REHAB. His style is more of a singer/songwriter mellow-pop that many have compared to the likes of John Mayer, Ed Sheeran & Frank Ocean. Read more>>

Jesse J. Guillen

I’m celebrity wardrobe stylist and Designer Jesse J. Guillen with” Jesse J Collections “ It all started with a dream and some goals. I took business classes in college to better my knowledge of the business aspect of things.. I’ve always had a passion for fashion and nice dressing. Read more>>

Raquel dos Reis

I’m Raquel, I born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now I’m makeup artist in Hollywood. My mom studied arts, who has always inspired and motivated me to work hard and chase my dreams, and my father is computer engineer. Read more>>

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