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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.

Sam Gurry

Animation is really appealing to me because it allows me to encompass all of my interests – collage, music, writing. I think a lot of animators start out as quiet kids, making up their own worlds and stories because they want to change their immediate realities and have control. Read more>>

Pia Vinson

I started dancing when I was four years old, in Albi, a small town in Southern France. My teacher at the time, Régine Bonnet Pallotelli, introduced me to Tap first, then Ballet & Jazz. At age 13, I begged my parents to go to boarding school to study with a specific Ballet teacher, Dominique Thouroude. I was taking private lessons with her everyday. Read more>>

Somruthai (Chef Fern) Kaewtathip and Noree (Chef Pla) Burapapituk

Chef Fern and Chef Pla are originally from a province in Thailand called “Phuket”, we both have strong passion about cooking since we were young. Chef Fern learned her basic cooking from her grandma, then she decided to attended the culinary school “Le Cordon Bleu” in Pasadena. On the other hand, Chef Pla The two have been involved in running Thai restaurants for years. Read more>>

Oliver Fredin

With time I’ve made my weakness a strength, instead of being afraid of failure, I embrace it and can’t wait until I face it again. But, my biggest obstacle is the waiting game. The film industry is so big and competitive that rejection is very common and my time here is limited because of the VISA situation of a foreign student. Read more>>

Brittany Uecker

The best momentum you can get today is to put your art out there, let others decide what value it brings to their world, because your value is creating & sharing what you make. The only limits in life are the ones we put on ourselves, the rules we make and live by, but there are no rules to art or expression. There shouldn’t be. Read more>>

Gary Coutts

I now find myself In LA. I have been dreaming of this for over ten years. I am currently freelancing in the advertising/entertainment industry and also building my own client base within the music industry. And of course, focusing on growing my fine art. The opportunities are endless in LA. Read more>>

Stephanie Koenig

I loved myself and my work for the first time. I loved making it. I found my stride. I sold the show and am now developing the show with Paramount and Anonymous Content. I continue to make my own content, writing movies and developing other TV shows. I am now a filmmaker, writer, editor, and would consider myself an actress as a result of those things. Read more>>

Agatha Kaspar

Music became a big part of my life at a very young age. I was four years old when I started taking piano lessons in Toronto, Canada. As I learned classical pieces mainly from Russian and French composers, my listening tastes ran across the map, from curiously picking out my parents’ Beatles cassettes to purchasing Japanese anime soundtracks in Chinatown by the time I was a teenager. Read more>>

Dennis P. Coronel

My music journey started with DJing. I wanted to be the next DJ Q-Bert and started a DJ crew called the Dyslexic Vinyl Sloths (the Invisibl Skratch Piklz were our inspiration). The goal was to be a DMC champion in a few years and obviously, that didn’t happen. Read more>>

Jamie Wozny

What I’ve learned is that there was never anything wrong with me. Although it looked like that my nervous system was just so out of whack because I was believing all of the fear in me because I forgot who I really was. As I find her, I heal. When I get lost again, I get symptoms. It’s this perfect barometer back home. Read more>>

Massimo L Maggiore

Here in LA, I studied at Musicians Institute, where I finished my training as a musician, recording engineer, and producer. I’m currently working as an engineer in two recording studios on the East Side of LA where I’m recording and producing bands and I’m playing my guitar at night, live with my own projects (Kendall Rucks and the Zodiac Mafia, Vicious Rooster). Read more>>

Lo Brooke

After college, I got a job as a Studio Manager at a Music Archiving company in Hollywood, CA and have been making my way through the LA music scene performing as much as possible. Performing at The Hotel Cafe was the moment I felt it hit me and said to myself, “This is 100% where I am supposed to be, where I belong and where my heart is”. Read more>>

Lana Danielyan

My story is a bit unconventional, which, I’d say is representative of how I am. My family moved to the States when I was 12. Leaving everything and everyone in Russia, then learning English and making a new life, new friendships was really difficult. I found myself overwhelmed with feelings of loneliness and excitement and possibilities. Read more>>

Maggie Wheeler

Most people know me through my work as an actress, most notably as the character of Janice on Friends as well as shows including Everybody Loves Raymond, Californication, Seinfeld and many more. I continue to work as an actress, most recently providing the voice for a character in the upcoming animated feature The Addams Family. Read more>>

Rachelle Campbell

Rachelle Campbell created L.A. Suds to save the day with kick-ass packaging, eco-friendly glitters/shimmers made from biodegradable material, and even more fabulous products so you can be the superstar (or bathtub rockstar) you were meant to be. All of L.A. Suds products are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality and free from artificial Sulfates, Parabens, & Phthalates. Read more>>

Bethany Bankston

l learned about e-commerce styling and still life styling. It’s a different kind of styling that involves precision. Labor goes into making a consumers shopping experience look effortless. I’m incredibly grateful to work with amazing companies and dope environments; sometimes I forgot that I’m working! Read more>>

Sasha Monfette and TS

TS and I worked together at a dispensary for a couple of years together, I had just started in the cannabis industry myself. TS had been in the business for over ten years and knew I used to be on the radio so he asked if I wanted to join him in doing a weed podcast. Read more>>

Josh Frankowski

My life has completely changed. From dealing with crackheads at my day job to dying my hair pink, to dealing with boys, being poor, anxiety, depression, etc. I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I have the best people in the world surrounding me. Read more>>

Kuanysh Stakhanov

I have always liked films not as a mere viewer. I wanted to know how people make films. But at first, I did not try to be engaged in filmmaking and got bachelor degree in finance. Then I spent six years working as financial analyst. But the older I grew, the harder it became to suppress my genuine interest in filmmaking. Read more>>

Peachlele

I started with play-doh. Then just small doodles on my homework. It progressed and inspired me until I threw myself to a career the brought me happiness. I did what I needed to do for myself. Art healed me. Art allowed me to create and made me feel better, so I kept with it. Read more>>

Cheyenne Jolene

Luis and I started playing together in 2010. We played in a few different projects but one particular project, “WearetheBigBang” stood out the most. It was a 6-piece band with two lead female singers. We wrote together, partied together traveled together, lived together…Needless to say, we were more than bandmates, we were family. Read more>>

Love White

I have always been a natural enthusiast since I was a young child. We grew up being very conscientious about what we ate and put on our bodies. The small, packed to the brim, “kinda smells weird” health food store of the 80’s is what my childhood memories are made of. Read more>>

Matt Francis

I wanted to make music or create songs somehow. I grew up in a strict Beatles household and from a young age that’s what I knew I wanted to be when I got older. Some of my original hits as a kid included: “if you make a poop in your pants (Santa won’t come to your house)” I really should bring that one back and try and work on it again. Read more>>

Miranda Mayes

A little over a year ago, when my parents opened a retail store in Morro Bay, I started making wood signs to add to their inventory. I instantly fell in love with the process, the endless possibilities, the feeling of creating something on my own from scratch–all of it. Read more>>

Nadzeya Huselnikava

“San Francisco is the best city in the world”, – I read it in a book about a Russian disabled orphan who was adopted by an American couple and brought to California. That day I have decided that I should see this city one day, but for me – a girl from a small town in Belarus was an unrealistic dream at that moment. Read more>>

Rigel Yaluk Mosquera

From being a PA, assistant director, to even being a stunt man in a music video. Now I am directing narrative and music videos that incorporate my background in animation and live action in new dynamic forms, that combine the unlimited characteristics of animation with the realism of live-action. Read more>>

Annabella Estrada

I was always a creative, for as long as I can remember. I started dancing when I was a kid and then when I was around 14/15 years old, I remember going to my parents and telling them that I wanted to be a professional dancer. I was already in a competition dance team dancing every single day and wanted to take it to the next level. Read more>>

Larry Cedar

I am an actor. Always have been, always will be. I specialize in portraying altered states of personal reality. This state can take many forms, be it a drug addict, a sinister creature on the wing of a plane, a loving father, or strict courtroom judge. Read more>>

Malcolm Cills

I told my parents, and within a year, I was in my first commercial. Since then, I have been perfecting my craft. Comedy and Acting are my passion. Now I’m performing in comedy clubs all over. I’ve been told a lot of No’s but I turned those No’s into motivation which got me a lot of Yes’s. Read more>>

Seth Manheimer

My love of art and business all came together with Set and Flow, the best business school I ever could have attended for the yoga and fitness industry was FILM SCHOOL. As the owner of a yoga and fitness studio, I’m directing every single day I have locations, talent, music, lighting and most importantly, every class is a story. Read more>>

Raquel Guice

Being a Beauty Influencer/ Beauty YouTuber/ Makeup Artist has allowed me to help other women create new looks and feel more confident within themselves! I absolutely love what I do! I am also a new mommy to a beautiful baby girl, Journee Amor! She’s my reason why! I’m literally so in love! Read more>>

Demetra Nyx

I think I’m most known for creating art (through my writing and my photos) that has a deep impact on other people and the way they see the world. I think all of society has lied to us, in a way – people go about their lives pretending everything is fine and never feeling any of their emotions, never dealing with or talking about issues that are truly important. Read more>>

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