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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.

Brenda Hernández Jaimes

It all started with my podcast, Ellas. I amplify the empowering voices and stories of Latinas who are living their professional dreams, creating an impact in our communities through their work and opening the doors for the next generation. Since sharing our first conversation in March 2019, the work has always been to share these vital conversations of trailblazing Latinas. We’ve been inspiring our listeners of what is possible from these success stories of empowering Latina figures. Fast forward to August 2021, Ellas Media is an audio media company dedicated to amplifying empowering Latina voices to motivate our communities and continue creating an impact. We’re growing our mission and expanding on the necessary work we’ve done in the past two years. Read more>>

Tiffany Chi

Before I met Alex, my husband, and before I became a mother to my children, Aimee & Ellias, I had already done more than most could say they’ve done at 26 years old. I had gotten my BA degree at UCLA majoring in Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and minoring in French Language and Culture. I had studied documentary analog film photography, art, and French language in Paris, became fluent in French so that I could pursue my dreams of one day living with my family in France. I had traveled the world straight out of college via The World Race: a year long Christian missions journey, partnering with nonprofit organizations on five different continents. I had lived in the south of Spain as part of a Christian Leadership Community for a brief time. I had applied and been accepted into a prestigious International Pastry School in Paris to pursue a career in pastry. I had then apprenticed at various bakeries and pastry shops in Paris to advance and master my craft. Read more>>

Michael aka Mikol Jelks

I am a Hip Hop artist. A Father. A Husband. A black man with Latin roots. A believer & Music lover. My love for music and my faith spill into every aspect of my life. I started writing lyrics as a way to escape and deal with my upbringing in the foster care system. It was therapy for me to write. I was in it my entire life. So music and God was all I had to hold on to. All the trouble that came with being in the system could’ve sent me down a dark path but music and faith kept me from it. I grew up moving from home to home so I struggled with finding who I was because my environment always shifted. Turned out to be a blessing because I learned how to adapt. That’s something you hear in my music now. I’ve been writing for 10+ years and pursuing artistry for eight of those years. I want to inspire people with my story, and I want to challenge people through my art. I always find myself in between the two and it’s helped me to breed innovation… My purpose is to continue to break the generational cycles on my life and motivate others to do the same. Read more>>

Alexandrea Leigh

Formerly a barista turned portrait photographer turned student turned wedding photographer in OC. How did I get here? Honestly, it’s a whirlwind. I first picked up a camera back when I was 15 and it was where I felt most free and creative. But whoever really knows if they’ll be doing what they’re doing for the rest of their life? I decided to put the passion on hold while working and being a full-time student. Fast forward to last year, I turned 21 & graduated school in the middle of this pandemic. (Before I continue, lemme just say how much I value security & peaceful decision making.) I honestly felt lost throughout those few months, but eventually just decided to take a step back from work and see if this was still something I could see myself doing. I took an LOA at my job and focused 100% on traveling, learning about myself, and teaching myself photography in different elements and industries. I’d never done a wedding until last year- they seemed intimidating, especially considering the introvert in me! All of that being said, I was blessed with people willing to take a chance on me and decided to leave my ‘security’ in January of this year. Read more>>

Leslie Medley

I truly believe it all began when my soul chose the life it did from birth until now. That includes every hardship, trial and tribulation that has molded and made me into the healer, leader and HUMAN I am today.After surviving a stroke at birth and knowing from a very young age, my life was a story of what is possible from being adopted to losing both of my parents and overcoming adversities that led most statically to addiction, homelessness, or a very shut off lonely life. I always KNEW I was meant for so much more in this life. I never knew exactly what that was and I definitely could NOT have predicted I would be living the life I do now but I did know I was a natural-born teacher, leader and meant to share my story in a big way. A way that moves mountains not just in my own life but in a way that becomes a permission slip for others to move the mountains needed to live a liberated, free EPIC, adventurous life. I knew I was meant to be a reference point for what is possible NO matter what cards you are dealt. I always say it isn’t about the cards you are dealt but how you choose to play the game. Read more>>

Mike Federis

My journey in photography started back in 2005 when I was stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a Marine. I initially purchased a camera just to capture all my memories and travel while I was in the military. As the years went by, I fell in love with my hobby and now has become my full-time career as a Wedding & Portrait Photographer. Read more>>

Junior Pereira

Born and raised in Puerto Rico and by the age of 25, I decided I wanted more, wanted to explore the new so, decided to move to Florida and begin this new chapter in my life. Read more>

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  1. Samantha Sands

    June 7, 2019 at 16:45

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