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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.

Daun Kim

After high school, I was accepted into college as an engineering major and spent a year focused on mathematics, physics and programming, even though I did not have any specific engineering specialty to focus on at the time. At the end of the first year, It was not interesting for me, so I started thinking about what I really wanted to do with my life, which I had never done before. I begin by observing and asking myself. Read more>>

Elizabeth Prather

Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be successful. I equated success with happiness – which was passed down through my family’s value on education and leadership and what was encouraged through media and society. I graduated from University of California, Berkeley and embarked on what came to be a very successful career in mental health managed care (think HMO for mental health care). Read more>>

Ivan Gonzalez

I was born on November 22, 1994. Raised in Pasadena, CA. Growing up in a poor family, I never really had inspirations. I was just a kid trying to figure out life at first. My mom worked multiple jobs just to keep food in the table and pay the bills. My dad worked as well but he was a drug addict so it was hard to maintain stability at home. They were both born in Sinaloa, Mexico so their lifestyles were completely different once they crossed the border and started living life here in the U.S. Read more>>

Keith Shacklett and Max Kelly

Max Kelly and Keith Shacklett met in high school marching band. After many years of trying to put together a musical group, they decided to start a band just the two of them. Creating the wall-of-sound synth rock duo BANTAMWEIGHT. Read more>>

Tara Walters

As a painter, I began exploring alternative painting techniques while I was living in Savannah, GA attending SCAD. This led me to painting with fire for around five years until I made my way to ArtCenter. I was hesitant to continue painting with fire in Los Angeles where Angelenos have to deal with wildfires as a part of their everyday. When I thought about how I can continue using alternative techniques here in Los Angeles. Read more>>

Symone Farrar

I’m a 23 years old entrepreneur. I’m into all sorts of things but what takes up most of my time is fashion and modeling. Currently working on a swimsuit and intimates line for women and more. I always had a thing for fashion and modeling since a little girl but as I grew older, I loved it more. When I was little, I wouldn’t even leave the house if my outfit didn’t match and I didn’t have my toes and nails done. That’s just how precise I was about my look, that actually ties into how I am today. Read more>>

Joshua Chun

I got my first DSLR in 2014 when I was 19: Canon 70D with an 18-135mm kit lens. After watching YouTubers like KevJumba, NigaHiga, and WongFu Productions, I was inspired to make my own YouTube videos. I heavily underestimated my responsibilities as I was swamped with my college classes, tutoring job, and extracurricular organizations, so my dreams of being a videographer were quickly extinguished. Read more>>


Starting as an admirer of the greats before me rap music took my heart at a young age. I always had a passion for rapping and the art of song. In middle school, I realized that school and the traditionally methods of kids growing up wasn’t for me. I wasn’t always drawn into entrepreneurship and by the grace of God, I learned to mix both passions. Music & entrepreneurship is the basis of who I am. Read more>>

Blvc Svnd

I started playing guitar when I was seven years old then when I was ten, I learned cello and drums. When I was younger, I played in a couple of bands covering old songs then when I started middle school, I joined symphony orchestra. When I was 11 years old, I started messing around with garage band and got really interested in producing. After messing around with garageband and machine for a couple of years when I was about 14, I got an ableton torrent from one of my friends and that summer before 9th grade. Read more>>

Rachel Buecheler

I went to school at Cal State Fullerton studying animation and entertainment arts. I graduated in 2016 and started my journey into TV animation. Television animation is notoriously competitive, after graduating with a degree in animation, I still wasn’t up to par to land a job. So I took work where I could and continued my studies at the Concept Design Academy, I worked all sorts of jobs from retail employee to Christmas card editor, all the while working on my art portfolio and applying for TV jobs. Read more>>

Jay Lee

Last time I talked about how I chose artist as a career, somebody commented, “Eh, so it’s another Asian parent story?” I wish I had a less boring artist backstory, like cutting off an ear or something. No, but here’s the more interesting part: my mom made a fortune teller see my future when I was very young, and ever since she saw a surgery knife in my future, mom was determined to make me a doctor. Read more>>

Cesar D’ La Torre

Cesar D’ La Torre is a Latin-European actor whose career spans across both English and Spanish markets. Cesar stars in the upcoming sci-fi film Assassin 33 A.D., which is available on media platforms like Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google PLay, Vudu, etc. His character is a scientist named ‘Felix’, Cesar appears in several upcoming films. The first is the action film Muna, which is coming out this 2020 on media Platforms. Read more>>

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