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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.

Gregory Skinner

I brought in creatives and subject matter experts to talk about the unique, obscure, interesting and notable things happening in their worlds. All of the workshop participants would then collaborate on what they’d heard to help their businesses and brands stand apart and grow. I not only organized the sessions but also moderated the discussions to keep them as dynamic as possible. Read more>>

Joy Tsai

Today I am a freelance creative director, with nine years of experience designing across print, screen and space, and a client base that includes global brands Samsung, Microsoft, and Bosch. My designs have been showcased in numerous publications and have received distinguished awards including the HOW International Design Award, the Print Regional Design Award, and the A’Design Golden Award. Read more>>

Brenda Winburn

The photography business is saturated with comparison. I figured out that what sets me apart from everyone else is just that, me! There are literally 1,000’s of photographers that can take a great photo, but we don’t hire photographers solely based on talent. We hire them based on personality and the experience they offer. Once I tapped into perfecting the experience and not just the final product, it opened so many more doors for me. Read more>>

Aaron James

Nothing against where I came from…I have more respect for what I learned there now that I’ve left, but growing up in a place with not much diversity when it came to political views, race, and pretty much any else you can think of…I knew I wanted to broaden my perspective by living elsewhere. So I chose to enroll at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN. Read more>>

Chaniel Johnson

Me and my two sisters I was in the same grade with used to make music together as a time shared as bonding and just avoiding the big elephant in the rooms which were our family issues. Later on in life, I pursued tennis and track and field while being in school. I absolutely knew I was going to make it in one or the other but a thought in my mind always said whichever one I make it in I want to do music after. Read more>>

Bree Lee

Frustration got the best of me. I quickly forgot my original intention with why I started taking photos along with my blog and began searching for other subjects/models to create better-composed photos. Fast forward to two years later, my blog is now a portfolio and yes, I now own a camera of my own. Welcome to my journey. Read more>>

Christine and Jerry van Rooy

We’re a husband and wife team that wanted to create a business that would allow us to travel the world and eventually, when we had children, be able to be at home with them. During the great recession of 2007 (five years into our careers) the construction industry was hit particularly hard. Read more>>

Hansjeet Duggal

I got to meet a lot of Producers, Directors right away and further planned to polish my craft in storytelling and earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Editing and Virtual Reality. It was been quite a fun I have animated/edited PBS documentaries and currently working (animation & editing) on a series which is coming out in late 2020 for a major service and another one is due in 2021. Read more>>

Che Cruz

Myfood blog coming to fruition was an extension and a more visual representation of this. Ever since I got my first smartphone in high school, I was naturally drawn towards food photography. I combined two of my passions, food, and photography without even knowing. I knew it was a time to create a separate account for my food blog once my friends started saying  all you post is food. Read more>>

Arcy Valencia

I was fortunate enough to finish college at the Art Institute of California – Orange County. There, I began to build a solid foundation networking with talented creatives. I was also part of the tutoring program and really enjoyed giving back and helping other designers learn Photoshop and Illustrator. I believe hard work, collaboration, and humility can take you far. Read more>>

Javen San Juan

When I turned 10, my moms sister passed away due to cancer and my mom didn’t have any more immediate family around. We moved in with her other sister and her husband to a house in Santa Ana so we would have a stable place to live. Living in Orange County as an outcast was difficult I made few friends. My mom was still working and my aunt and uncle weren’t the best people to be around. Read more>>

Nadia Sessen

I am here to answer a Calling, much more than a career. And I do believe, that following this Call is exactly what will grow my business to be as fruitful as the Tree of Life. I am a fountain of Love that is ready to pour myself into this life to quench my own thirst—and that of what I feel is a very thirsty world. Read more>>

Genesis and Justin Fletcher

With previous cooking experience, I tackled the very foods I missed. It took several months to create desserts that were so delicious, you would think they aren’t vegan. While our goal was never to begin sharing our food with others, I was pushed in that direction. I reached out to David from Vegan by El Zamorano, and that’s where it all started. Until this day, we truly enjoy serving our hometown, Santa Ana. Read more>>

Nicole Truong and Michael Huynh

I worked a typical 9 to 5 corporate job. Although it did provide financial stability, my heart was just not in it. I didn’t want to work for someone else – I wanted to work on my own terms. When I decided to take the leap of faith and start my own business, the outcome was a win-win for me. Now, I am my own boss and am fortunate to exercise my creativity in the industry that I am passionate about. Read more>>

Tom and Tani Roberts

As a family we have always “tinkered” on the side. When we relocated from Orange County to Fallbrook CA, we made the jump to open a retail store. We are a family with five kids and we always gravitated to the dining table. If not for dinner, then with friends entertaining, or just a place for board games. Read more>>

Shahen and Catherin Newmann Halebian

Our company imports organic, specialty high altitude coffee from Colombia, and we put on events and pop-ups. We specialize in putting on events and pop-ups, creating an experience for coffee lovers, teaching them about specialty Colombian coffee, and how to properly brew Armenian coffee and pour-over coffee. Read more>>

Humberto Saenz

The music tells the story for sure and we know how to take you on a type of journey that by the end of the night, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s not about beat matching because anyone can do that. We also don’t have cooky cutter music playlists. Every person and event is different so we get to know you and what you’re all about so that we know what type of music we’re going to play. Read more>>

Gaia Giladi

I found some holographic art in a storage bin leftover from my Senior Collection, and immediately knew I had to use it for one of my outfits. I ended up sewing it onto the back of one of my black denim jackets and made myself a little holographic crown to go with it. The jacket was such a hit that I wanted to make it available for all festival fashion lovers. Read more>>

Yessenia Diaz

I’m very blessed and always amazed of the tremendous love and support they give me. Touched Hair Studio is very unique I offer services by appointment only which allows me to give my clients a very personalize relaxing experience. Read more>>

Yuka Lu

I self-taught myself how to use a DSLR by watching Youtube videos and attended several seminars. Once I gained some confidence in taking photos with the DSLR, I offered free photoshoots for my friends and asked them to share my images on their social media pages. Word of mouth helped a lot in kicking off my business to a good start. Read more>>

Leslie Harris

I will say it hasn’t been extremely hard but definitely not easy. Doing hair is not always consistent especially being a full-time mom as well. I was doing hair when my son was a newborn and four years later it definitely is easier. I’m perfecting my craft, being confident gets you far. It really is whatever you make of it. Read more>>

Michelle Heredia

Once I put that expired 35mm film roll in my Minolta camera, I knew what kind of clothing brand I wanted to create I wanted to create a clothing brand based on the roots of where photography started. The name of the brand is called Blxxk&Whxxe because it all started way back to black white film camera days. I wanted to bringing back the love of Lifestyle, Street & Everyday Life Photographs. Read more>>

Shantal Cole

After having my first child, I missed writing, so I started a personal blog; A way for me to express myself and share ideas to help motivate and inspire others. After a year of the blog, I expanded to a podcast; Daily Reminders with Shantal Cole. Which lead me to write my first book; 365 Days of Motivation to Live Your Best Life. Read more>>

Itender Badesha

The Hub title came from the idea that I wanted the podcast to be a place where individuals can share their stories/work that they have done and possibly work with individuals that listen to the podcast and can help them. For example, I interview musicians and video directors occasionally and I wanted it to be a place where those musicians do not have to look vigorously for someone to record their videos, they would already know of one from the show. Read more>>

Alex Ochoa

I started to learn how to shoot photos and take it more seriously, my band needed photos, we were too broke to pay for someone to come out. I had a camera and decided to take on the task my self, of course, like everything at first it was not the best lol, as time went by I started to take it seriously a little more. It wasn’t until about two years ago when the singer of my band decided to leave, things slowed down and we all kinda went our own ways. Read more>>

1 Comment

  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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