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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.

Dr. Kelly Kaban

Strangely enough, researching spider behavior began my journey to realizing dentistry as a career. While I enjoyed the analytical challenges that research offered, I wanted to directly impact people’s lives and integrate my propensity for art. This realization and the opportunity to observe my father’s general dentistry practice were pivotal in directing my focus to pursue a career as a dentist. Read more>>

Lauren Tran

As my following started to grow, companies reached out wanting to work with me. I never thought I’d ever reach this point and still am in disbelief every time this happens. The companies I work with are ones that I genuinely love. This was also how I first stepped out into designing knit and crochet patterns. Read more>>

Vaishali Bellad

Art has always been an integral part of my life. During my school days, art was always my favorite subject. My family encouraged me in pursuing arts, and I took additional courses on painting and embroidery. My career started with a non-profit organization called Swaimsidha, where I taught handicrafts and art. Read more>>

Gabriel Demman

I have put in a lot of hard work in this sport and am in love with it. I am inspired to help other kids who have been bullied step out of the shadows and learn to defend themselves through martial arts as well as learn techniques to avoid bullying. Read more>>

Nicole Laurenne

All of us in The Darts played for years in other bands, touring and learning, making records and connections… and eventually meeting each other in the process when our bands shared stages. My band at the time with Christina, The Love Me Nots was breaking up in 2016 and she and I decided we should finally put together the all-girl band we’d been talking about for years. Read more>>

Jonathan Rowden

Zero System was conceived as a cyberpunk electronic music duo project between myself and my longtime collaborator Ryan Pryor. It was late 2016, and we had just finished recording our second studio release after a two-year stint of shows, reviews and live recordings following our debut on the indie-alt jazz scene. It was a bit of a departure for us as we had functioned as co-writers and performers in what was essentially an augmented jazz quartet setup; saxophones and electronics/pedals (me) Ryan on piano routed through loopers, delays, and bit crusher along with bass and drums. Read more>>

Nicole Stevenson

From a young age, I knew that the corporate world wasn’t for me. Nearly everyone in my family is independently employed, and our family ethos of entrepreneurship and creativity was ingrained in me early. I’m not cut out to sit behind a desk under fluorescent lights just working for the weekend. Those types of jobs would always make me think about that scene in Joe vs. The Volcano where he’d finally had enough with his oppressive office job and launched into a big speech about how short life is. Like Joe, I knew that I didn’t want to sit at a desk, working for “the man.” I wanted to make a living doing something artful, purposeful and filled with passion. Read more>>

Timber Charter

My mother is an extremely talented mural artist, so art/creativity was always threaded through the fabric of my early childhood. When I was growing up, she would sometimes let me tag along with her on her projects, and I was always so captivated by the huge things she would paint and bring to life. I remember her trying to teach me the concept of shadows and light or about complementary and tertiary colors, but nothing really stuck with me. Regardless, it was clear that I had a natural ability. Read more>>

Anesa Doyle

I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and I started my career working at an autism center. I decided to move in a different direction with my career and shifted to academia and became a professor. One night, I was teaching my graduate level learners about the research that supports picky eating and the different strategies that includes. I then came home to have dinner with my family. My daughter, who was five at the time, did not want to eat her own meal! As I was implementing the same strategies I was just teaching about, I realized there needed to be an easier solution! Read more>>

Amanda Terry

Amanda Terry (aka) Makeup Mandi —AS SEEN ON LIFETIME’S “AMERICAN BEAUTY STAR” is a talented celebrity makeup artist who has a huge passion for making people look and feel good about themselves. Finding her love for makeup at a young age, like every little girl, Mandi would do her Mom’s hair and makeup. Around the age of thirteen, she took Drama class which opened up her eyes and imagination to special effects makeup. This is where she really started to see the other side and opportunities of the makeup industry. Read more>>

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