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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.

John Chacon

I have been drawing and taking pictures of my surroundings since I was a kid. My dad got me my first camera at 12 which was really exciting for me to capture all the moments with my family and then reminisce about these moments later. Read more>>

Luis Zurita, Samy Ventura, Brianda Rincon

Once upon a time in LA traffic, Luis and Samy were driving home from their 9-5 talking about usual nonsense and how they needed a hobby that didn’t include food and drinks (thats literally all we ever did). We are both graphic designers by trade and have always been creative people and wanted to find a creative project outside of the office. Read more>>

Donna Bates

I am a native Southern Californian, that lives and paints in Los Angeles, CA. My years of experience as a commercial illustrator and 3D Artist for over 20 years has finally evolved into a career in painting. I am a self-taught artist that is known for my own mash-up style of urban, tough-chic edgy strong independent women or “Bad-ass Chicks”. Read more>>

Robin Ireland

I’ve known since I was a kid that I would do something having to do with art when I grew up. It was always my passion, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. So, of course I studied art when I went to college. One of the counselors suggested I look into graphic design and I never looked back. Read more>>

Elisa Bruley

Fashion … shopping, rather, was in my dna. My mother was a true bon vivant, and some of my most memorable experiences growing up were the times we spent shopping together. This was how we bonded. Read more>>

Kristen Wheldon

When I was a little girl, my mother told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I’m a millennial and I actually believed her. I spent some time deciding what I wanted to be and I guess, in some ways, I’m still making my decision. Read more>>

Ralph Suarez

I gained experience in real estate directly out of high school by managing part of my grandfather’s portfolio of properties. I officially began my real estate sales career in 1994 and within a few years became a top producer. Read more>>

Shana Atofau

ThC is a thrift lifestyle brand and was born from wanting to acknowledge my mother’s strength and to thank her for helping me realize that materialistic things are temporary. I was not born nor raised with a silver spoon in my mouth. Growing up my siblings and I didn’t have everything; in fact we barely had anything. Read more>>

Brigette Young

My parents have told me that I was “opinionated” from the get go. I never wanted to go to bed (and I’m still a night owl). I was a horrifically picky eater (I especially hated meat – I’ve been a vegetarian for close to 20 years now). I would do ANYTHING to get out of Sunday school (I’m an atheist). Read more>>

Natalie Rodriguez

I grew up in the suburbs so making movies was sort of out of the question when it came to your typical, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” For me, it was always making movies. Even at a young(er) age, it had always made sense to me continue forward with pursuing the Entertainment industry. Read more>>

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