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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.

Carson Brown

LA is a far cry from the country jam and farm equipment. However, when my father would come to pick us up, we would often go to the Blockbuster or bookstore to find weekend entertainment. From this, I developed a solid love of stories and storytelling. Read more>>

Natalie Arribeno

The Gods of nature blessed us that day by delivering perfect weather for playing outdoors in the company of friends. I was not thinking of anything else but having fun when, suddenly, something inside one of the festival merchant booths grabbed my attention. Read more>>

Joshua Sterling Bragg

I develop my own black and white film and have built a dark room at work with my lead producer, fellow photographer and good friend Rob Bradford where we plan to start making our own prints as well in the weeks to come. Read more>>

Mikael Kennedy

The first rug I ever bought was a caucasian prayer rug from 1890, the rug was worn bare where someone’s hands and knees had been places for decades. It blew my mind to be holding a piece that old, one that someone has put some much love and care into making and then into using. I was hooked. Read more>>

Nikki Diaz

Nikabilities is the essence of who I am enterprising all of my gifts and talents into one name. My goal is to be an example of a successful, independent, creative and passionate disabled woman. I hope to inspire the world around me to participate and engage in the lives of disabled people in all aspects of their existence. Read more>>

Charlie Hickey

I’ve been making music in some capacity pretty much my whole life. Both my parents are songwriters that I look up to a lot. I grew up watching their careers, and I think that’s how I realized that I wanted to do it. I basically just started singing/teaching myself guitar, taking some lessons here and there. Read more>>

Saul Jauregui and Venecia Obando

My lifelong passion for food began at a very young age. I was born and raised in Highland Park in the city of Los Angeles. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a household that stressed the importance of having home cooked meals at the table surrounded by family and friends. Read more>>

Jeff Dolen

My teacher Tina Murphy completely inspired me to follow this passion of photography and filmmaking and made me aware of the vast industry it could offer me a career in. I took her class four semesters in a row and went from looking at veterinarian colleges to films schools. Read more>>

Sam Mellon

I have to say I’ve been pretty lucky. There hasn’t been a lot of struggles, per se. As my business has grown over the past three years, time has really been the hardest challenge. Finding the time to fit everything in. Somehow, so far I have been able to do it, but time is a constant challenge for me. Read more>>

Isabel Tseng

After high school, I had no direction in life. I was not raised to pursue my passion or anything creative. I went into healthcare based off of what adults expected of me and because society deems it as “respectable,” secure, with stable pay. However, deep down I’ve always known that it wasn’t for me and was not my calling. Read more>>

Melissa Graves

Eco company located in Pasadena, California, named in honor of my late grandfather Martin Bourassa. Started in 2006, heat therapy collection is sold at whole foods, lassens, the detox market, yoga studios & eco boutiques across the nation. Eco candles located at the famed Erewhon natural markets in the LA area. Read more>>

Vivienne Manuel

I’ve been in the spa industry for 14 years. I was first attending college to become a nurse. I was going to class just to go to class. I wasn’t really invested in school or the course I was planning to take. After two years of school, I decided to drop out. I immediately went to enroll in another school to take courses in massage therapy. Read more>>

Arianna Barquero

I branded myself as a traveling make-up team dedicated to using all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free products. After a couple of years, I started to consider re-naming my company to something that would reflect my ideals and my dedication to using healthy and clean products. Read more>>

Yasara Gunawardena

While at Art Center I would go back and forth between wanting to shoot portraits and food and was often told that I should pick one of the two and only focus on the one subject. Luckily I chose to continue to shoot both and love the flexibility it gives me in being able to make work that I am truly passionate about. Read more>>

Eugenie-Marie Vaudry

I can’t pinpoint exactly what I want to do, but I’m considering learning how to become a wedding photographer, or someone commissioned to do a variety of different projects. I know that my future struggles will most likely entail becoming an intern, getting the right equipment, and gaining enough experience and business skills to establish myself as a professional who’s good at their craft. Read more>>

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