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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.

Ana Cassalett

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I took music lessons since I was a kid and performed with ‘Claraluna’, a musical theater group from age 9 to 20. I always knew music was my thing, I loved being on stage and being in the studio. Read more>>

Jeanette DePatie

Believe it or not, I wasn’t birthed fully formed out of the womb as a fitness guru who calls herself The Fat Chick. Like many of you, I have endured days of sadness and frustration. The journey from sad sack to magnificent fat chick was a long and bumpy. Read more>>

Patrick O’Malley

I grew up in Auburn, Indiana, and I remember having a curious fascination with music even before my parents sent me to piano lessons when I entered 1st grade. There would be certain moments in songs on the radio or in movie or video game music that I wanted to listen to over and over again, without really knowing why. Read more>>

Janine Der Bogosian

I’ve always been one to romanticize ordinary things, seeing art and beauty in mundane situations. I’m no designer, but I’ve always had a knack for styling and creating looks using repurposed fabrics and unique accessories. Read more>>

Dennis Zanatta

I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. My parents did not have the chance to attend college. My father was a businessman and my mother was a stay home mom. Read more>>

Natalia Geldin

My service to the autistic and developmentally/intellectually disabled communities began out of necessity. I felt there were few cool, dynamic social opportunities for my autistic teenage daughter, Sophia, and peers like her, who are non-speaking, use AAC to communicate (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) and thrive with a high level of direct support to navigate their daily lives. Read more>>

Keith Nathaniel

I grew up in Compton, CA during the 1970s and 80s and needless to say it was a turbulent time in Los Angeles’ history – the explosion of gang violence and the epidemic of crack cocaine ravaging communities throughout Los Angeles County. Read more>>

Larry Brooks

I got started on dual, or maybe dueling careers as I was finishing my last year as a Fine Arts painting student in New York. I’d never considered anything other than painting, but I needed a job and remembered that a few years earlier while in high school I had met the owner of an advertising agency, so I looked him up and naively asked for a job, having no idea what I could do there. I brought in some drawings to show the creative director (an Englishman named Paul Rowntree, who I’m still friends with today. He’s a painter too). I was politely dismissed, but about six months later, they called and asked if I was still interested. Read More >>

Layne Inselman

I was born and raised on a farm in rural Oklahoma. I had always thought I would be a meteorologist, even though I loved taking photographs. I would use disposable cameras to take pictures of my friends and family. Read more>>

Prymrose Burgos

My story began when my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. Not the most inspiring start, but it is how Headway became what it is today. During my father’s treatment and after his passing. Read more>>

Marc Clebanoff

In 2004, I established my production company, Odyssey Motion Pictures. My partner and I produced an array of independent feature films, all of which won festival accolades and garnered global distribution. Our films were being sold and viewed worldwide. Read more>>

Deborah Lee Smith

I have quite a story. It is almost like I am a cat with nine lives even though I still consider myself a spring chicken. I grew up in LA (very outside the industry), but got roped into drama in middle school and never looked back. Read more>>

Larry Brooks

I got started on dual, or maybe dueling careers as I was finishing my last year as a Fine Arts painting student in New York. I’d always drawn and painted as long as I can remember and never wanted to be anything other than an artist. Read more>>

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