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Inspiring Stories from Pasadena

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 the LA’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 Pasadena’s rising stars below.

MARKO FAZIO

I am a French-born music producer, mixing engineer, guitarist, and musician living in LA for the past eight years. I began my musical journey when I started studying classical guitar at the age of seven. I continued my classical studies until age 19 and ventured into studying jazz music from 19 until I was 25 years old. Read more>>

ALEXANDER VINAJA

Three years ago, I was working in LA as a production assistant for a stop motion company. During that time, I was contacted to shoot my first wedding, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Turning in that film to the couple made me realize the impact that my films could have on someone’s life by giving them a memory they can always look back on. Read more>>

JESSICA LA

I’m a freelance motion designer, illustrator, and animator based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in San Gabriel, aka the 626, I grew up with great Chinese food and boba to help fuel my creativity. As a kid, it was really hard for me to concentrate because I was always daydreaming and letting my imagination takeover. Read more>>

DEVON ARMSTRONG

I started the Downtown Repertory Theater Company in 2009 when I was 20 years old and a junior in college. Every summer my friends and I would come home to find that all the summer shows in L.A. had been cast a month or two prior, leaving us sitting on our hands, with no opportunity to audition. Read more>>

MIEKO ROMMING

I was born in Norway and raised in Ojai, California. I grew up surrounded by mountains and close to the sea. All the beautiful nature around me provided rich sources of inspiration for my imagination, and I always loved creating things with my hands. I was drawn to any artistic outlet I could find, and have carried that with me into adulthood. Read more>>

STACEY WHITNEY

My story begins right here in my hometown of Altadena, California, where, as a child, I learned to cook from my mother and grandmother. In high school, I would host friends, who were willing to help with my chores, in exchange for home-cooked meals. Read more>>

SHANNON NAKIA CRAWFORD

I first started in Sustainable Fashion and Decor when I moved into my very own apartment: My first adulting adventure! I had very little money yet, I had a huge desire to STYLE my home. So my imaginative wheels started to turn, thus birthing my love for DIY and Thrifting. Read more>>

EBONY WILLIAMS

Originally a Los Angeles native. I have always loved custom-designed fashions, not necessarily designer brands, but items that are either exclusive, vintage, handmade or limited. I started out customizing my own hats, clothing, and accessories for personal wear and would get commonly asked “Where did you get that”? My answer was always “I made it”. Read more>>

NADINE ISAACS

I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa and moved to California when I was six years old. My father wanted to pursue a PHD at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, but that dream was hindered by his immigration status. At a young age, I understood that we were undocumented but I never understood why we had to struggle so much financially. Read more>>

SOUNDSBYEYE

My artist name is SoundsByEYE or EYE for short. (Pronounced E-Y-E not eye) The name “EYE” originally did not have an acronym but now stands for “Everything You Envision” or “Everything You Envision Can Become Your Reality” in full. This influenced my radio show on KQBHLA 101.5 FM “EYE Can Radio” and my clothing line “EYE Can Apparel”. Read more>>

BRITTANIE GAJA

I was born and raised in the 626, San Gabriel Valley area. I don’t recall much from before I was ten-years-old, but what I remember most prominently are adventure books, twisty crayons, and constantly having to explain my last name. Read more>>

ALICIA GORECKI

My story begins when fresh off earning my BFA in painting and printmaking from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I jumped in an old camper van stacked with my paintings on top, two friends, a dog named Chaos, 800 dollars between us and we moved from the midwest to San Francisco. We arrived and secured jobs as house painters. Read more>>

CABRÓN JAMES

Late last year, I attended a music themed art exhibit that honored the band Queen. I remember every single art piece that was showcased was in Freddie Mercury’s likeness. That’s not at all a bad thing, but all the art looked like they were repeats of each other. I remember thinking to myself at the show, “Yo, wouldn’t it be wild if someone made a Queen art piece that was influenced by the band but had nothing to do with the band? That would be interesting. Read more>>

Brianna Ibarra

I was very lucky to have been in a household that saw an interest in music and that wanted to nurture it. They started looking for piano lessons once I started playing the old family piano and making up stories and setting it to little piano pieces (my first “composition” was called War in England, and my mom had no idea where I got that idea). Read more>>

Jihoo Park

I was a little chubby kid, and growing up I was really just about curious of anything that came into my eyesight. It was thanks to my dad I was able to broaden my scope and move to Canada when I was 12. With my newfound freedom from academics there, I started getting into just about anything I wanted to do. I love to play drums, sing, and well, draw. Read more>>

Julia Ptasznik

I loved being able to capture a beautiful or meaningful moment or place and sharing it with someone. Since then, I started to take pictures of everything I could: food, people, architecture, all the gorgeous murals in Philly, my dog. A few years later – I graduated school, packed up my car with my best friend, and drove from Philly to LA to start working in the business. Read more>>

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