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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.

Gerda Govine

For years the curved line started to be the prominent reoccurring aspect of my paintings, drawings and sculptures. That obsession for the curved line was born with my fascination for admiring the adorning curves on ornamental iron works. Read more>>

Jennifer Sundstrom

I started out making bath and skin products for my daughter. She has skin issues like eczema. I realized there was an art to making soaps. And I dived right in. My husband said I should start a business. I did my first show at the Claremont Art Mart. Was so scared! I kept pushing forward. Read more>>

Ehmandah Ramsey

As a PK (pastor’s kid) every 1st Sunday in church, I experienced testimony service.  See this was a time in the service where the congregation had an opportunity to share about their life..their journey.  As I child, I remember the elderly people jumping up to share about their life experiences. Read more>>

Arpi Krikorian

I was accepted to my dream school, Art Center College of Design, on my 18th birthday from where I received my BA in Illustration in 1992. After freelancing for a few years, an internship led to a full time artist on staff position at the incredible Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank. Read more>>

Annie Choi

As a born and raised native Angeleno, I thought that Hollywood would be the perfect place to do what I love: tell stories. A career in movies and television therefore made “perfect” sense. After a short 18 months of working on popular shows, (i.e. Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real World) I was able to attain the position of Additional Video Editor on one of the most well-revered shows in television—Project Runway. Read more>>

Bret Iwan

Bungalow Modern really started as a hobby. I had gone to school for illustration, and over the years, expanded my freelance career to include spacial and environment design, but when I stumbled upon my house, things changed. Read more>>

Kari Kroll

Kari Kroll grew up in Long Island, and studied Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She earned success as a commercial artist creating collage art for publications such as The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and The Washington Post. Read more>>

Luis Ituarte

For years the curved line started to be the prominent reoccurring aspect of my paintings, drawings and sculptures. That obsession for the curved line was born with my fascination for admiring the adorning curves on ornamental iron works. Read more>>

Skyla Swafford

I started my journey back in 2012 at 16 years old. I was a high school graduate at 15 eager to be able to start makeup school. I did have to wait until I was 16 almost 17 because they had age rules- I was the youngest person to ever apply. I knew because of my age I would have to hustle harder then most to prove age doesn’t determine work ethic. Read more>>

Annabel Inganni

After 9 years of work as a designer in the accessory and apparel industry, I decided to take the chance on something deeply personal and created Wolfum. Inspired by the traditional aspects of table linens (as well as influential product lines from Vera Neumann, Alexander Girard and Marimekko), I wanted to created items that were bold and timeless. Read more>>

James Milan, Nikk Alvaro, Ty White

It was just typical work day of Summer ’12, grinding the pavement and connecting with local businesses when I came across one of the first Vape Shops to open up. At the time, I had little knowledge of how everything worked. All I knew was that vaping had officially arrived and offered smokers an alternative to cigarettes. Read more>>

JR Mariano

Growing up in Los Angeles, I used to always watch my father fix things around the house and tinker with almost everything he can get his hands on; electronics, cars, etc. We as a family knew that if there was something broken, my father would most likely know how to fix it. Read more>>

Dr. Abha Sharma

I grew up in Southern California, and I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career that involved helping others. After graduating high school, I was presented with a unique opportunity to combine travel with studying medicine, when I enrolled in Manipal College of Medical Sciences in Pokhara, Nepal. Read more>>

Katerina Tomás

I’ve been dancing since childhood, and started out with ballet and tap like most children do. I was fortunate enough to study with legends in the field of dance, particularly in modern dance. I was in a Children’s Dance Theater group in those early years. I also studied ballet and jazz in my teenage years and 20s into my early 30s. Read more>>

Phyllis Harb

In the 1980’s I was in the mortgage banking business. During this period many of the banks, and savings and loans were merged with lager institutions. After several mergers, I decided I was done with number crunching and wanted to enter a more people oriented side of the business. Read more>>

Megann Drost

My story really starts when my health began to inexplicably and rapidly decline at the age of 20. 4 years later I discovered that was suffering from Lyme Disease and other tick borne co-infections. The treatment I am on now has helped me get some of my life back and makes me somewhat stable, but definitely nowhere near as functional as other 27 year olds. Read more>>

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