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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.

Becca Luc, Kelly Ho

​Oh Shiny! Paper Co started as just a side gig that eventually became a small business and full time job. We were just two twenty-somethings with extra time on our hands and wanted to bring something different to the party industry. While the market was already filled with cartoon character-themes, we wanted to help people throw parties that were whimsical, feminine, but still fun and easy to set up at home. Read more>>

Ani Torosyan

Ever since I can remember, I have enjoyed food. I was never a picky eater, and I always loved trying new dishes and cuisines. I grew up with delicious homecooked dinners almost every night, which forever spoiled me to expect an elevated level of quality and taste in food. My parents were busy working professionals, who somehow figured out how to pull off awesome homemade meals every night of the week. Read more>>

Kim Grant

I work as a freelance music publicist. In 2005, I started hosting and booking a music show at the nightclub, The Echo with my friends Pam Moore and Liz Garo. The show is a seasonal weekly roots music event called The Grand Ole Echo (GOE) and is still held on Sundays (April-September) at The Echo. I handed over the reigns to Ben Reddell in 2012 as I became too busy with my business. Read more>>

Kari Kha

I’ve always wanted to start my own business. I even went to business school after undergrad to get a more well rounded understanding of “business.” I finally mustered up the courage to do something about it while I was on maternity leave with my youngest daughter in late 2016. Read more>>

Constance Baker

I think if you were to ask anyone who went their own way in terms of opening a business you would find it’s never a smooth road. It’s always been my goal to work for myself and that comes with a very long list of it’s own set of struggles. For me I would have to say my biggest challenge is striking the balance between personal and professional. Read more>>

Heather McLarty

We breathe life into an ancient craft! Adam’s Forge began as the Adam Leventhal Memorial School & Museum after the death of artist blacksmith Adam Leventhal. In 2002 we gained our non-profit status. We are motivated to share knowledge and skills, tools and equipment, space and camaraderie. We teach blacksmithing and other metal art skills. We encourage creativity. Read more>>

Phil Limprasertwong

I had always loved to draw since I was young, so growing up, my plan was to eventually go into animation so I never expected that photography would end up being my career. It was surprising for me to have completely traded up drawing for photography but I believe that photography was an evolution of everything that drawing had ever taught me. Read more>>

Jennifer Escalera

I’m Mexican American and I grew up in a small border town in the city of El Centro, CA. I was raised Catholic and came from a family that was deeply involved in community. I knew as a child I was sensitive to people’s energy but I did not know until I was an adult that I am an empath. I felt drawn to helping people since I was young, especially the most vulnerable and misunderstood. Read more>>

Cindy Lam

I started playing the piano when I was 3 ½ years old, and it was pretty much an obsession from day one. At the time, my mom didn’t think I was ready for lessons yet — much to her surprise, she got a call one day from my daycare, and apparently I had refused to eat my lunch unless someone would teach me how to play the piano. Read more>>

Shannon Sardella Arnold

I started Oh To Be A Dog in 2010 after working at many dog daycares in Downtown LA, Pasadena and Santa Fe New Mexico. Being an entrepreneur at heart, I wanted to bring my love of business together with my love of animals. I quit my job and began planning, after about a year, Oh To Be A Dog was born. Read more>>

Sue Ann Pien

The way I see life is, we’re all here on this little adventure in our human spacesuit. We know we won’t be here forever, but there’s some space and time to fill out the in between part. From a very young age, I never fit in. Read more>>

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