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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.

Nicky Paris

My story has been crazy but so rewarding. Just wait for my Lifetime Movie, Kris Jenner is going to play me. I don’t even know how this all happened, to be honest. It’s still super weird for me and I definitely have moments where I’m like “Omg you’re a comedian.” I started doing standup when I was 17 and it changed my life. It gave my life meaning in a lot of ways. Read more>>

Lauren Desberg

My parents pre-destined music for me. I was in piano lessons at age 4, cello at 7, choir at 8. I ended up at LACHSA (LA County High School for the Arts) as a singing major where I studied jazz voice. I thought it was so cool, I fell in love with the music, the people in the community and their appreciation for the music. Read more>>

Igor Stolarsky

Oh man, where to begin? I first picked up guitar when I was 13. I was at a summer camp and one of the counselors had an acoustic and knew some chords. Then at one point, he remembered he knew how to play a song that was popular on the radio at the time and all the kids recognized it and EVERYONE. WENT. NUTS. Read more>>

Ashley Michaelsen

I was born into the entertainment industry in upstate NY (Rochester) My immediate family were all models. It was inevitable as the youngest and the only girl, I would follow in my family’s footsteps. Throughout my career which lasted about 25 years since I started when I was 6 weeks old, I was able to work for wonderful clients, magazines, travel the country and represent several brands. Read more>>

Craig Elliot

Capitol Blue Print Co. started in 1958 at Paramount Studios. I was hired in 1991 by the second owner. I worked for 10 years learning the ins and outs of running a small reprographic shop and was fortunate enough to take over and purchase the business in 2001 and become the 3rd owner. Read more>>

Esther Levy

I am a Cali girl, born and raised. I am fortunate to be a mother to five beautiful children. This in turn helped me learn so much about health and fitness. My middle son developed severe allergies at a young age. When all else failed, I started to learn and slowly understand the beauty of natural medicine and the magic behind our own healing powers. Read more>>

Amy Simon

I was in kindergarten in Queens, New York when I got my first taste of theatre. I was “Susie” in “Susie The Duck.” Growing up in Queens in the 1960s, I was exposed to the arts. Theatre, Opera, all of the arts were taught and brought into the schools. It was fantastic! Read more>>

Brandon Vogts

I was born and raised in a quiet Kansas City suburb. My parents noticed my creative interests early on and actively encouraged my explorations in music and technology, priming me for the otherwise ordinary day in high school when I first picked up a professional camera. Read more>>

Caro Pierotto

I was born in the south of Brazil to an Italian descent family that was in the shoe making business. My dad owns a shoe sole manufacturer, my uncle as well. Everyone in my family, in my town actually, was somehow involved in the business. Read more>>

Brian Christopher

When I booked my first trip to Las Vegas, I looked to Youtube to find out what games to play and at which casinos. To my amazement (and shock!), there were videos of people playing slots online! Why would anyone want to watch that? Well apparently I did, and I watched a lot. Read more>>

Jessica Klausing

I have had a passion for music and writing since an early age. I did not officially combine the two until my sophomore year at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA. I was skimming through some magazines at this local music store where I used to take guitar lessons, and just thought, “I want to write about music. Read more>>

Lora Ivanova, Ursula Hessenflow

The creation of myLAB Box was motivated by our own experiences and our eagerness to find a solution to a problem which seems to have remained a puzzle for educators, health providers and the public alike. As challenging as it is to bring up the topic of STDs with a new partner, even more concerning is
that as a whole, people in America are simply not testing enough (if at all!). Read more>>

Shamik Talukder

We started at the end of 2014. A set of mobile and entertainment entrepreneurs who were on a mission came together to build a different engagement model and reimagine social media where control is in the hands of the creators, not platforms; where the celebrities driving engagement and creating content are compensated, not the networks they use. Read more>>

Dana Gillespie

I created My Moontime app for myself because I needed it. I started in 2012 creating this app as I needed a way to track both my menstrual cycle and the moon cycle, as well as the energy potential of the both of them combined – so I could go about my day with more awareness and understanding of myself. Read more>>

Daniel Overberger

I started teaching yoga in 2005. Yoga was very important to my life then and now but, especially before I became a teacher. It really helped me get threw a dark emotional time. I was a student at Runyon Canyon Yoga. I was obsessed. I took every class I could. It was so important to me. I got to know the teachers Steve and Kamala very well. Read more>>

Persephone Godwin

Growing up with food sensitivities, inflammation, and a major horse accident at 13, I’ve always had to seek out holistic medicine and healing modalities. Massage was always a part of that. Living on Maui, I had friends who were massage therapists but I couldn’t afford to pay them, so I would massage them back. Read more>>

Dominic Zinn

Mixed Kid Fridays is a punk rock band, founded in Los Angeles in 2017 by Calvin Klein (yes, that’s his real name) and Dominic Zinn. The current lineup includes Klein and Zinn on guitars, Johnny Koch (lovingly known by friends and fans as “Johnny Evil”) on bass and Gil Lopez on drums. Read more>>

Paul Grant

My siblings and I grew up in Austin TX, where we played soccer, ate tacos, and naturally became interested in live music. My father passed down the ability to play the guitar and piano as if it was a matter of unlocking a skill for your avatar in your favorite video game. Read more>>

Georgette Angelos

Born in South Florida, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my love of photography. Working as the house photographer for Silverback Music Management Label, I was soon led to my career in the film industry. Read more>>

Gaayatri Kaundinya

I never imagined that I would be a music composer. I started out as a professional Indian Classical singer, and trained for many years under a renowned Sarod master by the name of Ali Akbar Khan from the time I was 4 years old for nearly 14 years. Read more>>

Adrian Quihuis

When I was a kid, I used to ride this dukes of hazzard big wheel. I would go around our circular drive way and skid on the loose gravel, and there was this park that was close by and it had a long downhill drop to get to the soccer fields. I would ride my big wheel down that hill over and over again. Read more>>

Chloe Taylor

I come from an artistic family so I guess I was blessed or doomed depending on your outlook. My parents are both writers, my grandfather was a screenwriter, my grandmother was a costume designer, and my great grandmother was the famous broadway actress Laurette Taylor. I was born in LA but grew up in the Bay Area. Read more>>

Varduhi Aleksanyan

Born in Yerevan, Armenia she began Latin and Ballroom dance training at the age of 11 at “Matador Dance Club” under the direction of Gevorg Markosyan. As a teenager Varduhi revealed her passion and talent for ballroom dance concentrating exclusively on dancing, competing in local and international championships and making a career of professional dancer and trainer. Read more>>

Chris Saavedra

In the summer of 2010 I was at a bbq with some friends where I got to talking to a close friend of mine who was a fashion photographer. After describing my dis-satisfaction of my current job, my friend offered to put in a word regarding internships at Ford Models. Read more>>

Jordan Tabach-Bank

I am a third-generation pawnbroker; in 1938 my grandfather, Louis Zimmelman, founded Beverly Loan Company the first of three high-end financial institutions I oversee. Along with my partners, I also own New York Loan Company in New York City and Chicago Loan Company in downtown Chicago, which collectively constitute “The Loan Companies”. Read more>>

Casey Felton, Armen Piskoulian

Banh Oui is our first restaurant concept. It is inspired by both our professional make-up as chefs and our personal desire to share a space reflective of Los Angeles’ expediently growing restaurant climate. It is meant to share a marriage between the priorities of both the back of house and front of house. Read more>>

Steven Adams

I usually say that I began my career at the Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency but the story really started when I was a child. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area andI’d always wanted to be in entertainment and in fact, made a 2 minute stop motion film in the 6th grade. Read more>>

Jake Choi

Born and raised in Queens, NY. Was always a curious, rambunctious kid, getting into trouble, playing sports, reading anything I can get my hands on. Loved making people laugh. Then started pursuing basketball seriously, and even played college/university basketball in NYC and South Korea. Read more>>

Angelica Terrazas

Creatively, I feel like I’ve been working on concepts and storyboards since I was a kid. My dad worked for Spectra Entertainment, an animatronics company that specialized in theme park rides. They worked on the Jurassic Park ride for Universal Studios, The Tree of Life for Disney World and countless other projects that brought magic to life. Read more>>

Suzie Sandoval

I entered this world living in a dysfunctional, chaotic home environment. This is how I naturally began developing my innate organizing abilities to cope with my environment, and to feel in control of my life, despite the chaos that surrounded me. Read more>>

Adrienne Dorsey

When I moved to Los Angeles in 2003 for graduate school, I soon found myself interning at a fashion public relations agency in the heart of Hollywood. I didn’t really know what PR was back then, but thought it sounded fun! I helped run a showroom where celebrity stylists. Read more>>

Miss Spent Youth, Cathouse Red

Before Cliff earned the name Cathouse Red he had made a name for himself as the go to Silent Movie Accompanist is Los Angeles. He performed lived scores to silent films all over LA from the rarest finds to everyone’s favorites. He and his wife Marie had a love for vintage style entertainment. Read more>>

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