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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.

Molly Ann

I was working as a Certified Financial Advisor in 2011. I thought climbing the corporate ladder meant success and that success equaled happiness. I was wrong. Feeling down and defeated a girlfriend of mine wanted to help me get my mind off of work and invited me to volunteer at the Warrior Games with her. Read more>>

Gabriela Turney

I always knew I was a detail oriented person. Since I was a child, I had the goal to run my own small business, Heck! That’s all I knew growing up. When I was thirteen I started a dog walking and pet sitting business and immediately knew entrepreneurship was my calling. The only problem was in what specifically. Read more>>

Kimmara Acosta

I started working in the tile industry in 1992 with no experience. My husband was a tile installer. I decided that it would be a good idea to find a job in a tile showroom where I could learn about tile and also get my husband work installing tile. This is where I began to fall in love with tile. Read more>>

Chris Casamassa

Chris began studying martial arts under the watchful eye of his father, American Martial Arts pioneer Louis D. Casamassa at the young age of 4 and earned his first degree Black belt by the age of 10. He has been actively seeking knowledge ever since. Now a 9th degree Black Belt, He is the current President of the 12 Red Dragon Karate studios in southern California, a position he has held for the past 17 years. Read more>>

Poli and Claudia Hernandez

I had just lost my job as Production Manager for Pillows of California. It was the early nineties. I really didn’t know what my next professional step would be and with five kids counting on me to bring home the proverbial bacon, the pressure to act was urgent. Read more>>

Dan Mueller

In the early 90’s I was involved in the mining industry and noticed a thick protective paste being applied to hands, for use underneath gloves, as a second line of defense. Strong acids and other nasty chemicals are frequently used in gold mining. Read more>>

James Graham

I grew up in NYC where I apprenticed to be a chef after High School. I trained at the Four Seasons and then cooked for NY legend Sam Goldman, and then with Anthony Bourdain. When I moved to Los Angeles with my wife Julia I thought that I was done with cooking and got serious about being an artist. Read more>>

Jonathan Reimann

It’s been one intense road. But it really is an amazing story. I guess the key is where to start. Well if I’m going to do this, I’ll start by giving glory to the Father in Heaven. Things don’t always go as I planned, but I can be certain they are going as He planned. Read more>>

Tracy James

I discovered swing dancing in 2004 during my last year at the Savannah College of Art and Design. A fellow student learned how to dance in his hometown, Lawrence, Kansas, and wanted to share what he knew with others so he started a swing dancing club. Read more>>

Tracy King and Keely Myres

Tracy: As soon as I graduated high school in the Midwest, I made the move to California. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology – little did I realize then how valuable this would be in my ultimate career. Real estate is my fourth profession (I started in 1989) and builds on my previous three: social work, food, and computers. Read more>>

Janice and Ashley Sullivan

Janice: I took a photography class in college when I was getting my Associates degree, just a basic black and white class. I had always thought photography was weddings, models, fashion and paparazzi, so I wasn’t very interested in it as a career, only as a hobby. Read more>>

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