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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 the LA area’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 OC’s rising stars below.

Kianna Estenson

Growing up in Everett, WA, I was exposed to a wide variety of lifestyles. My high school had the #1 crime rate in the entire state, but I worked at a restaurant in a very upscale town center where I could walk around at night without thinking twice. Read more>>

Lauren Deliberato

My story to becoming a practicing therapist has definitely had some twists and turns. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations which I quickly realized I wasn’t going to use. I knew I wanted to be in a helping profession and despite the fact that I had always sworn I would never go to grad school, I decided to apply for a Master’s program in Community Counseling. Read more>>

Stacey Robbins

When people ask me what I do, I tell them, “I’m a Renaissance woman who leads an Unconventional Life.” It took me a few years to come to the conclusion that I was that and not schizophrenic for doing the variety of things that I do — that my life as an author, musician, certified coach, yogini, and homeschooling mom — who leads retreats in Italy — didn’t actually mean I was too many things, it meant that I was inspired. Read more>>

Anders Lasater

By the time I was 10 years old I knew I’d grow up to be either an architect, or a drummer in a heavy metal band. As fate would have it, the rise of grunge and alternative music in the early ‘90s pushed heavy metal out of the spotlight so I naturally shifted my focus to my second love and went to school for architecture. Read more>>

Betsy Densmore

I have always loved starting things, especially programs that are innovative and/or challenge the status quo. As a teen growing up in Worcester Massachusetts, I didn’t like babysitting so I gathered some friends and launched a party service business. Read more>>

Brandy Ferner

I have always loved anything funny. When I was in elementary school, my best friend and I would play “Make Me Laugh,” and come up with skits to try to get the other person pee their pants. It worked on a few occasions. When my family got a fancy camcorder, making movies/sketch comedies was a favorite past time of mine. Read more>>

Amanda Mildebrandt

I had always been into photography all growing up, but once I had my daughter the passion ignited. I thought that it grew because of her, but after much thought about why I love photography, I realized that my interest in photography started young because I didn’t have many photographs of my mother and fewer of my mother with me. Read more>>

Virginia Brierley

I started a love of design at a young age making my own doll house furniture out of sponges and wallpaper with little rubber stamps. I took a few Interior Design classes in high school and decided that is what I wanted to pursue as my career. Read more>>

Sara Johnson

I never really expected to do photography haha. I’ve always been the “creative type” but had so many interests it was hard to choose! I honestly don’t even remember where I got my first Nikon, but I do remember my very first photo shoot! Some friends of mine were having a baby and couldn’t afford a pro photographer for maternity pictures, so I offered! Read more>>

Mara James

I moved to California from New York in Jan 2007 where we started up my husband’s OBGYN practice and I was his office manager for 7 years until I experienced a manic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I was introduced to holistic healing and after 1 1/2 years of hard work, I was able to be weaned off of all of my mediation and my life has been transformed. Read more>>

Michelle Kirchner

A little back story. I’ve always dreamt of working for myself. My dad had his own construction company my whole entire life so I grew up surrounded by it. I’m sure that’s where I get the drive. Thank you dad. Despite popular belief, I did not attend college at all. Read more>>

Trevor Rappleye

I was 12 when I first picked up my mother’s VHS (yes, bringing it back!) VHS camcorder. I immediately felt a connection. What do I film? What story do I tell? Who can I make smile? Fast forward 15 years and I am now 27 years old and the founder of, LLC – We are a video marketing company that grows profit through video. Read more>>

Dennis Razo

I began my DJ journey in 2005 as DJ Wiked, I began doing backyard parties with Low End DJ equipment that I would borrow or buy used. I eventually was able to purchase my own DJ equipment although it was not the best I was able to make it thru most events with only a Blown tweeter LOL. Read more>>

Jason Reidel, Gorjana Reidel

We started on our apartment floor, never with the vision of actually building a business or brand. This was just supposed to be the thing we did, until we got one of our many ideas off the ground. Ironically, this one the one thing that wasn’t an idea and ended up being a global brand. Read more>>

Kazi Rezai

As many of you may already know, Opioid Addiction/Overdose/Death has become a National Epidemic. It is now the number 1 cause of preventable death in the U.S. (more so than motor vehicle accident deaths). However, 97% of Doctors are NOT Suboxone Certified, by choice! In the middle of this epidemic, only 3% of Doctors are willing to even touch Opioid Addiction. Read more>>

Kayleigh Christina Clark

I moved out to California 4 years ago with my husband Matt. Prior to that we were living in Cleveland and I was working in professional sports. I was at an all time low health wise. Coming from a stressful job I had forgotten to take care of myself. Read more>>

Pilar Chandler

As a Hawaiian native, raised on the beaches of Southern California, the sun, the sand and the Pacific make my heart beat. As a modern Medicine Woman, I have been studying, for as long as I can remember, subjects such as, herbalism, meditation, spirituality and natural healing. Read more>>

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