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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.

Cindi Knight

Girl Friday was created in 2012 with a handful of flyers and a dream! Our idea was to provide much needed assistance to busy families and small businesses at an affordable rate. We recognized how our busy lifestyles leave very little time for life’s simple but necessary tasks – errands, handyman projects, getting things organized and cleaned out, and much more. Read more>>

Jane O’Neill

I studied art and art history at New York University and then went on to earn an MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University. I spent about a decade in New York City and Brooklyn working for arts institutions like the Frick Collection, teaching at private art colleges like the School of Visual Arts and Pratt Institute, exhibiting my work, and for over six years, I was the Assistant Chairperson of Digital Arts at Pratt. Read more>>

Camille Leon

My grandmother had a stroke. My mother had a double mastectomy. I was working in Type A high-stress downtown LA at the corner of 5th and Figueroa. When I asked my co-workers for referrals to an Acupuncturist, they didn’t know why I would want one or pay for health care that isn’t covered by insurance. Read more>>

Christina Hamlett

For as long as I can remember, I always knew I wanted to write and that I wanted to act. My very first job out of high school was a movie and play critic for a weekly newspaper in Northern California. Fortuitously, it led me into theatre. Specifically, I had gone to watch a rehearsal and do a write-up for the Gaslighter Melodrama Theatre’s upcoming show. Read more>>

Meike Legler

I never planned to become an artist, it rather jus thappened naturally after we n´moved to LA from Berlin 2 years ago. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for years and just wasn’t ppy with it anymore, so when we relocated I knew I would need to make some changes in my work life. Read more>>

Ronnie Kustes

My inspiration for music started in 1978 in Lakewood, CA when I was 10 years old. I had already been dancing to the Bee Gee’s for a few years and then started singing to Elton John and Foreigner records. I would get out a pad of paper and write down all the lyrics to help me memorize songs like Rocket Man and Headknocker. Read more>>

April Duran

I became a single mom at the age of 35 and I was working at a school district. I loved my job but my heart was in search for more. At an older age I decided to enroll at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood for the Music Business Program. I was attending night classes and working full time during the day. Read more>>

Cate Roman

Honestly, I stumbled on art making and communication design when I segued from performing to visual arts. My first career as a dancer began at age 16 here in Los Angeles where I performed on stage and in music videos. In my early 20s I moved to London, attending drama school and continuing to perform in theatre, film, and television. Read more>>

Mary Jo Smith-Obolensky

I was born in Medellin, Colombia, to an American mother and English father. I can’t tell you which was my first language, as English was spoken at home and even enforced. Education was bilingual. As kids we resented our mother for being so strict about speaking English at home, but she gave us the amazing gift of true bilingualism—something that shapes one’s mind and heart from an early age. Read more>>

Joe Normal

When I was an eighth grader in Elizabeth, New Jersey, my class was given the assignment to go to the Public Library to research and write a report about the type of career we wanted to have once we graduated High School. I realized quickly that there were no books in the Library on how to become a Rock Star! (This was LONG before there was the internet, youtube, or American Idol). Read more>>

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