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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.

Brandon Blankenship

If I told you I moved out to Los Angeles, California with the passion of being a Real Estate Agent, I would be lying to you. I am actually born and raised 30 minutes outside of Chicago, Illinois, but took a leap of faith a few months after I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science, and never looked back since. Read more>>

Ragini Bhasin

Born and raised in New Delhi, India, I moved to the USA to pursue my MFA in film directing from Chapman University in Orange County. Back in India, I had made a couple of short films that I wrote, shot, directed, edited myself, and cast my friends and family. (There is a lot of untapped potential in my family). I absolutely loved my experience in film school, mainly because I had very little knowledge and experience before I joined it. Read more>>

Oscar Rodriguez

I was weeks away from graduating college with two degrees in Fashion. One being in Apparel Production/Design, and another in Fashion Retail Management & Merchandising. When I started to think to myself what’s next? Am I applying to a corporate job in retail or in production? Was I going back to London and working there? Was I going to take the job of a lifetime in Italy? (which I never shared with anyone in order to not feel pressured to make any decision). Read more>>

Amaris Marquez Hunter

I had started a band in early 2015 with my sister and two other girls who we’d befriended through my parents’ networking. We needed people to jam out with. I arranged acoustic arrangements of pop songs we all knew. We figured we were good enough to make some money with our sound so I got connected with people interested in featuring local artists. I had become the manager of the band. Read more>>

Tony Lombardi

Tony grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Business Management. His first job in wine came in 1998 when he joined the hospitality team at Clos Du Bois Winery, located in Geyserville, CA. During this time, he formed great friendships with colleagues that shared his passion for all things, food and wine. Read more>>

Cam Archer

One might say my story has a few beginnings. From a very young age, I was strongly attracted to music, even when it wasn’t played around me heavily. My mom loves to say I knew all the words to songs after just hearing them once on the radio dating back to the age of 2 or 3. I was drawn to music videos by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana. Read more>>

Andre Reyes

Park Place Medispa was brought to life after years of lackluster spa experiences by every member of our team while visiting or working for our competitors. So many places are worn down version of the same all-white ‘Euro-contemporary’ (with an Asian flare) medical spa, run by questionable staff and selling products that may or may not even be safe. There had to be a better way! A better space, a better team, and better results. Read more>>

Shannon Gallup

Auragon was first created on Etsy in 2013 as an experimental side project. After a few years with Etsy, Auragon took on a life of its own and morphed into its own individual entity. Whenever you’re in the moment of living life, everything seems sort of random. You can’t see the end or purpose behind details until much later looking back. I’ve always been drawn to the infinite perfection of a circle, I can still recall the first time I ever saw a dream catcher. Read more>>

Leslie Bumgarner

When I was in College in Texas, I wrote songs, never thinking I would play them anywhere. You could say I was a closeted musician in a way. Since moving to California, I have met a new group of creative people. It starts with jamming at home, you meet people who play, and you jam with them. You write. You post a pic with a guitar on social media one time, and now everyone knows you play. So you jam with more people and write more. Read more>>

Diana Ling

I was born and raised in Los Angeles–every chapter of my life featured a different part of LA. I always loved drawing and design so in 2012, I graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts with a B.A. in Animation and Digital Arts. My career trajectory after college was definitely rough—the longest and most noteworthy job I had in the first half-year out of school was a 3-day stint as a 2D animation at Buck Design. Read more>>

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