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Inspiring Stories from the OC

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 Orange County’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 the Orange County’s rising stars below.

Lauren Sanders

The summer before high school, I grew about 7 to 8 inches. I walked into 9th grade, standing at the height of 5’10. Everyone was no more than 5’5. I always felt like an outcast. I always felt the need to shrink myself or to appear smaller than I was. Read more>>

Jay Kuhns

I’m a multi-hyphenate theatre artist, born and raised in Southern California. I started out studying opera as a kid, but fell in love with musical theatre pretty early on and changed course. Since then I’ve done everything from acting and directing to makeup and wardrobe – and often. Read more>>


I didn’t envision myself making jewelry, but found myself drawn to creating a piece of jewelry for a friend. I have been drawn to crystals more so within the last couple of years than ever before, and appreciate the healing properties they have provided me. I had never made jewelry before, although I have dabbled in other artistic mediums. Read more>>

Shana Martin

I was a closet entrepreneur for most of my professional life. I followed the “safe route” and pursued a master’s degree in business administration from UC Irvine at age 25 and subsequently worked for private, publicly traded, and not-for-profit organizations for the next 20 years mainly as a marketer. Read more>>

Jordan Ruiz

I’m always tempted to dress up this story in a more romantic light. I mean, the truth is because of a girl; Sionna, a contemporary in the 5th grade. She loved Drake Bell, and Drake Bell played guitar, and that’s about as much as I had to go on. Needless to say, I never got the girl, but I did happen upon this love for music. Read more>>

Joe Dannis

When I graduated from Gallaudet University, I decided I wanted my own small business. My father gave me $1,000 as a graduation gift. I started Sign-A-Tee, shirts with cool Deaf slogans. I could buy a lot of shirts for $1000, and I sold them out of the back of my car. Read more>>

Blake Andrews

I was born on August 8th, 1997 and raised in Bakersfield, CA., My mother and father always pushed my siblings and me to be the best that we can in every avenue. I first began writing creatively in the 3rd grade. During this time, my favorite teacher. Read more>>

Jade Sta Ana

I started GOODENOUGHCAMPAIGN during a time where my self-esteem was shot after a terrible breakup. I was 19, trying to cultivate a new life for myself as a heartbroken blocked artist. I took small steps to excavate all the creative dreams I had as a kid. I delved right back into the art world out of this profound sense. Read more>>

Elijah Adame

I first got introduced to tattooing when I got my first one at 15, a guy I knew, his older brother liked the drawing I did for my tattoo and offered to show me how to tattoo, he didn’t know much either, just showed me the basics of a tattoo set up. Read more>>

Murat Korkutata

TOUCHIERE is a premium luxury towel company under Modern Noble International LLC. I came to the United States around eight years ago from Turkey to complete my studies, and I always remember the reactions of those around me in disbelief. They were in disbelief that I would uproot my life. Read more>>

Ellis White

After College, I worked as a contractor for the SPARQ component of NIKE. In 2010 I started a company called SoCal Premier Sports. We serviced Athletes ages five – PRO level. A few of our kids were struggling with obesity. After speaking with their parents, we decided to create a program to help them cut weight. Read more>>

Anthony Pedroza

I’ve always enjoyed the spectacle of melody and how a few simple notes can make you feel emotions that are sometimes impossible to explain. I grew up in a musical family, my dad played guitar and my mom would sing. Records were blasting all the time while my little brother. Read more>>

Kristine Everly Smith

Almost three years ago, I embarked on a personal journey to declutter my life and my house. I was working so hard to buy all this stuff…for what? So it can sit in my house, take up space and clutter my life. I was angry. I started thinking of all the money I have wasted over the years. Read more>>

Isaura “Izzy” Isais

I quit my retail management career to stay home to help care for my mother while she recovered from several surgeries. It was also an opportunity for me to spend more time with my family. I’ve always enjoyed the arts and considered myself somewhat of a creative person. Read more>>

Vincent T. Harris

In my mother’s house in Birmingham, Alabama above the mantel of an abandoned fireplace hang three photos on her paint-peeling discolored off white walls, one of my oldest brother Sir Michael, one other of my middle brother Rickey Jr, and three portraits of me, Vincent the youngest. Read more>>

Peyton Elroy

For the last three years or so, I have been awakened to the sobering fact that health must be the number 1 priority in peoples’ lives. It’s not money, it’s not finding your soulmate, it’s not having designer clothes. It’s being as healthy as possible in order to even begin to think of all of those wonderful things we want in life. Read more>>

Rachel Charboneau and Sarah Anderson

We are a sister-duo born and raised in southern California. We both grew up playing instruments and being introduced to varieties of music. Rachel started with the violin at age six which expanded to learning many more instruments. Sarah began with the cello at age seven and eventually switched to honing. Read more>>

Josh Reidt

I was a former college pitcher who likes most pitchers suffered an arm injury requiring surgery. After surgery, I wondered what I could have done different to have avoided it, so I started asking my physical therapist and surgeon questions about rehab and preventative measures to avoid issues in the future. Read more>>

Jesse Parrott

When I was in high school, I was really interested in science. I liked the conceptual side of chemistry and physics early on but lost interest really quickly when I took the upper-level classes. By the time I was going into my senior year, I didn’t have many requirements left to meet. Read more>>

Durga Magnetta

In the year 2000, she was trained to develop her intuition studying under Sandy Anastasi who is an internationally renown Psychic Channel. Sandy is also known for training John Edward of the hit television show Crossing Over. Durga started work as an intuitive reader and medium that same year. Read more>>

Carrie Madrid

Shortly after my 2012 diagnosis of Stage III breast cancer, I began an arduous course of treatment to include mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, followed by multiple surgeries for reconstruction. Along the way, I met other breast cancer patients. The physical and emotional toll of cancer was obvious. Read more>>

Maya Assar

The Cotton & Canvas Co. was founded two and half years ago when my (now) fiancé, Zia, and I decided we wanted to create a simple, affordable product line that would cater to a variety of markets + industries. We began with a handful of designs and three products – a canvas tote and two zipper pouches. Read more>>

Lily Soleil Correa Lewites

I moved to California when I was eleven after growing up for a large part of my childhood in Nicaragua. My number one priority coming to the U.S was to be successful academically but it was difficult to deny myself the exposure to creative outlets of expression. I’ve always doodled, painted, or wrote. Read more>>

Saul Sosa

It all started around December 2017, I was in a weird place in life, I was 18, I was completely clueless about what I wanted to do in life. I got laid off from this construction job that I held for four months, I was also not going to college at the time. Read more>>

Matt Meddock

I’m a brand/idea guy. Southern California living is my life. Surfing, skating, or hitting the local mountains is my regular. With that being said, I dabbled in various business in the past, from night club promotions all the way to being a full-time paramedic. Read more>>


  1. Samantha Sands

    June 7, 2019 at 16:45


    I have an inspiring story of a woman winning highest honors within her organization after facing trials and tribulations. Where can I submit this story for review?


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    September 17, 2019 at 07:30

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