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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.

John Barton

I have always had a passion for starting my own businesses. When I was younger I started a lawn care business in my neighborhood. I continued that passion in college. I studied Entrepreneurship at CSU, Chico. During my four years there I noticed a big problem. Read more>>

Laura Dewey

I spent 25 years as a groundbreaking female in the restaurant industry, rising from entry level employee to first female partner. That was a fine life, even extraordinary, until two events changed the course of my life forever: my recovery from alcoholism and, later, my Masters of Arts in Spiritual Psychology. Read more>>

Meadow Griffin

Growing up, I always loved fantasy stories. I remember one of the first stories that stuck in my mind as a child, was “The Magicians Nephew” by C.S. Lewis. My mom read to my brothers and I all the time and being homeschooled we got a lot of extra TLC. As I got older I discovered the love of reading myself, and it opened up a whole new world for me. Read more>>

Anthoni Avila

I started my brand Juice back in the summer of 2016 out of my friend’s house in Orange, CA. This brand is based around a street wear type of look, such as hip-hop, but it can definitely be worn by any type of style. Read more>>

Michael Ziobrowski

In a nutshell, I began putting together my Independent pop up art shows with some friends back in 2011. I experimented with different techniques to create my art, always working in mixed media. Over time, I have developed a look that people connect to me, and I continue to show my work in galleries, and online. Read more>>

Marshall Boyer, Denise Boyer, June Boyer

Frenchy’s was opened at its current location (136 North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs) in January of 1955 by June and Alexander Boyer. They were encouraged to open Frenchy’s by Alexander’s parents Eda and Joseph Boyer who in the late 1940’s operated a store in the 200 North Palm Canyon block called “Le Petite Paris”.  Read more>>

Cody Jimenez

I fell in love with comic books and how stories can be told in that medium. The way the mind can fill in the blanks and carry the action of a panel. It was always the art that drove me to various titles. When I started painting, I realized there are ways to tell stories throughout a painting and create narrative. Read more>>

Rob Castellon

I started Wiretap Records in 2014, really as what I believe to be a reaction I was feeling of being disconnected with new music. Although I worked in the entertainment/music industry, (alternative rock radio) I felt really disconnected with what was going on in small bars/clubs, in the punk/DIY music space, and in reality I was going through a time in my life when I stopped asking why? Read more>>

Laura Roser

I’ve always been entrepreneurial. As a kid, I was always looking to make money — selling jewelry, babysitting, selling crafts, etc. I started my first “real” company when I was 21, right after I graduated from college. It was a marketing firm that helped businesses package themselves up to attract investment capital or launch an IPO. Read more>>

Jake and Laura Gosselin

Inspired to write a story to help their young daughter, Molly, who struggled with nightmares, husband-and-wife writing team Jake and Laura Gosselin published The Pinkaboos, a girl-powered adventure series designed to help kids aged 7–10 conquer their fears and self doubt. Read more>>

Nray Lavitrungsima

Hello, I have been a Personal Trainer and Muay Thai (kickboxing) Instructor for over 16 years. I have my B.S. Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton with a focus in Sports Studies. I have been in athletics and sports since I was child from baseball, to snowboarding, track, Muay Thai and even archery! Read more>>

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