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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.

Alex Westphal

Growing up, I thought everybody’s family sat down to eat dinner together every night. Mealtime was our time for chatting, teasing, telling stories—and yes, eating. Maybe that’s when I started to understand that food is about more than probiotics, vitamins, or any chemical reaction. Read more>>

John and Chris Bicos

We both grew up in a restaurant — The Original Tops — right here in Pasadena, owned and run by our late father Steve Bicos. He had us work in the restaurant as kids growing up, partly to discourage us from ever going into the business! But we took it over as he went into retirement. Read more>>

Damaris Daniel

I started my Beauty Blog almost 2 1/2 years ago. I was always in love with beauty and fashion and loved to be creative and give people advice on things I love and live by. I was also working in a field that has no creativity and I felt stifled. So I decided to just go for it make a beauty page on Instagram and really give it my all. Read more>>

Bryan Sims

Growing up in the early 90’s I was all about Disney. I owned most of the movies on VHS and I watched them repeatedly, to the point that I could probably recite most of them word for word. One of my favorite things was, sometimes before, sometimes after the movie. Read more>>

Roberta Gomez-Fernandez

My journey started with allowing the influence of those wiser and older than me to lead me into what I thought would make me happy and stable. Back then, in my undergraduate years, I had no idea what I was doing. The fact that I had a choice to pursue a degree that interested or inspired me was not on my radar. Read more>>

Mayra Lozano

I was born in the highlands of the state of Jalisco Mexico in a small but beautiful Pueblo called Arandas. I immigrated to the U.S with my parents from Mexico at a very young age. We lived with the bare minimum but were full of hopes and dreams that nourished us through the trying times. Read more>>

Deb Snyder

Once upon a time’ is the best way to describe my beginnings they were so long ago. I was born into showbiz in New York. My Dad was a famous but unconventional choir director. My Mom, a lyric soprano, who sang all over the Mid-West with her sisters. She worked with my Dad’s singers to perfect their technique. Read more>>

Michael Hentz

I started doing collages back in 2014 while I was living in Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, I worked on my aesthetic that felt right to me as well as connecting with others that were also working on collages nearby. I found the Brooklyn Collage Collective and attended some of their events that they were hosting. Read more>>

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