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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.

Abis Akolawala

I wanted to start doing freelance videography/photography & video editing after getting my Arts Degree at UCI in 2010. With Craigslist ads, I was able to start advertising my video editing services. I had no camera equipment and didn’t even own a car. With my passion at the time being the Electronic Dance Music scene, I felt my calling was in the nightlife & music festival industry. Read More>>

Terry Carter

I was working in corporate technology law and would seek out new spas as a way to escape the stresses of the boardroom. I started making handmade body care gifts for friends. Some started placing orders and it grew into a business. Read more>>

Deandre Smith

I never planned on pursuing music. As a kid, I told my family I wanted to be an author. In hindsight, some people would say I am an author because of how I tell stories through my music. Layne Bracy is the person that brought me around recording equipment. Read more>>

Nikki Hess

Creativity and expressing myself through art, has always been a part of who I am. I am very lucky to have parents who have always supported my creativity. Along my career journey, art kind of took a back seat, it was something I did as a hobby or to relax at the end of the day. Read more>>

Wendy Schilling-Delouche

I’m the owner and designer of Ella Clair handbags. For nearly 15 years, I worked as a Motion Picture Costumer. Producers and celebrities counted on me to bring the characters to life with the right clothes, purses and accessories. I met my husband, Guillaume, a film Prop-Master originally from France. Read more>>

Charles Stephens

It’s hard to say exactly how I started. I spent last weekend reading through seven years of journals and realized that all that I’m working on now is sort of a continuation of everything I’ve been learning, experiencing, and doing my whole life. Read more>>

Tallene Kalaygian

I was first diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 18 years old after an ovarian cyst ruptured. My entire journey of figuring out how to naturally heal my symptoms proceeded thereafter, with all of the ups and downs. Many scary doctor visits and appointments with naturopaths lead me to finally adopt the gluten and dairy free diet. Read more>>

Chloe Van Vreeswyk

I grew up in Oceanside, California. From a very young age, I always remember doing something creative. I was always drawing, sculpting, writing stories or making music. As I got older, my passions became more solidified and I began painting and drawing consistently around the age of 14 when I started to work on developing a specific style. Read more>>

Disraeli Odalys

Aviator Stash is Southern California’s premier contemporary rock group. Established in 2017, they are the winners of the 2019 San Diego Music Awards for Best Indie/Alternative act, the band gained local attention when their debut single “Lazy Summer Days” received regular play as the “Local Break” from the legendary San Diego radio station 91X in 2018. Read more>>

David Mau

I’ve been in the restaurant industry on and off since I was a teenager. My first real job was at McDonalds flipping burgers and slinging McNuggets. Ironically, I have a film degree and spent a few years in the movie business on the visual effects side before flaming out. Read more>>

Tiffany Pena and Edyn Elliott-Barber

Our company was founded by two women, myself (Tiffany Peña) and Edyn Elliott-Barber. I’d call myself a creative enthusiast with a strong appreciation for meaningful storytelling. My professional background is in Film and Television, having worked for 15 years as a Camera Operator and DP in New York City and Los Angeles. Read more>>

Heartbreaker

Originally, music for me was just a way to stay out of trouble. I first started back in high school and once I found out I could make beats on my computer, I stopped skating and really seeing my friends very much. I was racing home everyday to get on Fruity Loops and learn as much as I could. Read more>>

Noah Lee

I have always lived in a very musical home, my dad played the guitar and my parents really encouraged me to play an instrumented. It all started when my parents put me in piano lessons when I was seven years old. Around the same age, I was put in a musical theater program called Foothill Theater Workshop. Read more>>

Tiffany Luong

I began in the music industry covering media for music sites. That is where I began building my network in the industry. On my 20th birthday, I decided to throw a house show in Azusa, CA where I had The Garden, Cosmonauts, The Aquadolls, and four additional local bands. Read more>>

Ashleigh Sorenson-Ramirez

As a recent graduate with my Bachelor’s degree, I landed a job working as a care staff member at a group home with abused and neglected kids who had been removed from their homes. This job was a wake up call for me and where I found my passion and purpose. Read more>>

Christina Yannello

I started @barefacedfemme as a way to document my skincare journey. I started to break out and became so self-conscious about my skin so I stopped posting for a while due to my insecurity. I soon realized that I should not hold myself back in order to fulfill the expectation that Instagram is a place for singular perfectionism. Read more>

Addie Bell

Jetset & Travel was inspired by my passion for travel, love of the finer things in life, and an unrelenting commitment to delighting my clients. I’m from the East Coast and grew up on a tiny island 1 mile by 9 miles in Jamestown, Rhode Island (right across the bridge from Newport). Read more>>

2 Comments

  1. Samantha Sands

    June 7, 2019 at 16:45

    Hi,

    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?

    Thanks!

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    September 17, 2019 at 07:30

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