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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.

Karthik Mohan Vijaymohan

I’m from Chennai, a coastal city in Southern India and also one of India’s major cultural hubs. I grew up reading a lot of books and I particularly enjoyed the historical and mythological stories. Going to the theatre and watching films on the big screen has also been a big part of my life. When I had joined college, the DSLR revolution was happening and the digital age had set in. I joined a group of cinema enthusiasts who had just started making short films. Over the next couple of years, I made a few short films too and wanted to become a director at that point. Read more>>

Caprice Monique

I couldn’t honestly say when my love of beauty began but I know it was when I was a little girl. I would sit and watch my step-grandma apply her makeup in her bathroom any chance I could. Her drawers were filled with products. I can remember the countless lipsticks, compact blushes with those tiny brushes and the pink and green tube of mascara by Maybelline. It was little girl heaven when she’d clean out her stash and send me home with a bag of my own to play with. But I was never really playing when I was putting it on myself, my little sister, or one of my dolls. Read more>>

Juan Nambo

Born in Michoacán Mexico, came when I was 3, raised in Orange County. Dreamer (DACA) always loved drawing growing up selling my drawings 50 cents at 7 years old to buy chips since we didn’t have much. Grew up with siblings and no parents made it tough, art really became my passion, started doing portraits early freshmen. Sold commissions and murals for a living. Now tattooing for a living and accomplished a lot of great work with only a year and a half tattooing. I do Chicano style tattoos, I’ve tattooed celebrities, singers, influencers and sold art to ex lakers player Kyle Kuzma. Anything is possible no matter where you come from or what you look like. Doing something I love and what the future has holds. Read more>>

Jessi O’Donnell

I come from a family of business owners and always knew that I wanted to be my own boss, but wasn’t ever able to find something that really fully committed me. I also wanted to make sure that wherever or whatever I ended up in, I loved and was passionate about. One of my biggest fears was being stuck in a job or career that I wasn’t happy with which also kind of held me back… until 2020 came along. My partner and I found out I was pregnant in April of 2020 and I immediately started thinking of ways to make money from home so that I didn’t have to go back to being a bartender/server full time after having our baby. Read more>>

Jillian & Samara Tuttle & Thiessen

We are both yoga instructors and moms to young children. After having pandemic babies, we met teaching at the same yoga studio. Soon after, we joined forces with our shared love of yoga and motherhood to host pop-up yoga events in the area to bring community together. Our goal is to bring people together, especially those who want to do yoga, but might feel intimidated or can’t afford to join a boutique studio. We are bringing the studio experience to local parks and retailers! Read more>>

J Pash

1st Music: Beginning my musical journey at the age of 5, I never knew this passion in music will grow into something that will be a necessity in my life. My sister got her first keyboard at that time and taught herself how to play. Then after showing an interest she started teach me all she knew. A few years later she got a drum set and I followed suit. from there I went to a private school and there was access to guitars. Seeing my sister teach herself piano and drums I found that I could teach myself guitar and shortly after bass. Read more>>

Chantal Sanchez

I’m Chantal Sanchez and real estate is my passion. I come from a long line of design and real estate talent, and credit my grandfather Edmundas Jurksas with my trained eye for design and architecture who escaped a war-torn Europe, taking up residence in Laguna Beach, where his architectural and engineering skills grew in demand, to design homes in Emerald Bay. Just as he had a talent for design, I have a natural gift for optimizing sustainability and increasing value in high end properties. I went from being a single mother of two little girls over 6 years ago with $200 in my bank account, to making well over six figures in less that 4 years while working in real estate. Read more>>

Crisanta Mecate

I had so many albums full of polaroids of my Barbie dolls and Cabbage Patch Kids because I had been interested in photography for as long as I can remember. I’d like to think that my photography career started when I was 15 years old and bought my first SLR camera using all my money I had saved from childhood. I started shooting weddings professionally more than 15 years ago after years of photography classes I was trained the old-school way in which I assisted a wedding photographer for a year before I even got to hold a camera. In that time, I mostly carried equipment around and loaded film backs for the camera. Read more>>

Jenna Nation

Music has always been a large part of my life. I come from a musical family so music was always playing in the car or house and we would sing together or play musical instruments. Singing is a part of my identity because I always remember doing it and loving it. My family realized that I could sing when I was about 2 years old. I started taking piano lessons at a very young age and then shortly after that started singing lessons. I was very fortunate to have some amazing music teachers over the years. I began my music career doing competitions in various styles from musical theatre, pop and classical. Read more>>

Laura Franchini

In 2008 I bought my first camera and would just take photos for fun but I realized I actually loved capturing special moments like maternity or child birthdays. Over 13 years I’ve met so many people and captured so many memories. It has always been my dream to have my own studio and the stars finally aligned and the opportunity to have my own space was finally coming true. Not only is my studio for me but I always want to open it for other photographers who were like me just starting out and needed a location to master their craft. I’m a big believer in patience and community over completion. Read more>>

Jaimee Pugh

I threw my mom a paint & sip birthday party and thought it would be cute to have drinks and a charcuterie board. I did my research and created my first board and it was a hit with all of her friends. I posted a picture of the board and had people inquiring how they could order one. The next day I made a Instagram page, a menu and an order form. Through word of mouth and social media I have gained a lot of reoccurring and new business. Read more>>

Michael Fisher

I started Magic Mike’s Mobile Detailing as a tribute to my father passing in 2017. My father owned multiple businesses and I always aspired to be like him when I grew older. So in 2017 I made a conscious decision to launch my first business. I always envisioned my business expanding large enough to employ others in my community. I understood business may fail within the first year, however I knew I had to give it a shot. I believe in seeing things through, if a task is once begun never leave it till its done! Read more>>

Brandice Webb-Pondexter

I have loved skincare and beauty all of my life. Like literally since I was 5! But in my home that was not considered a real career. In my parent’s home, the only options were Doctor, Lawyer, or joining the military. So I chose the safe route and decided to go into dental. I was 28 at the time and had been in dental since I was 16. I was miserable! I loved my patients but my passion for dental wasn’t there anymore. I remember sitting in my car during lunch one day crying, thinking that life has to be better than just the regular mundane routine I was doing. So with the blessing of my husband, I left my career in dental and enrolled in Coba Academy for esthetics in Anaheim and the rest is history!! Read more>>

Danielle Calahan

I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. I am a part of the third generation of my family to graduate from Wilson. While at Wilson, I led my soccer team to a CIF, State, and National Championship my senior year. I went on to play division one collegiate soccer for the University of San Diego, where I obtained her BA in Sociology. During undergrad, I thought that I wanted to pursue a career in Pediatric Physical Therapy, and during my tenure at USD, I realized that was not going to be the career for me. I was working at a chiropractic clinic and realized I loved going to work there. After I graduated, I went straight into chiropractic school at Southern California University of Health Sciences – Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. It was during my first year that I switched my emphasis of sports to family wellness. I took the ICPA Webster Certification during my first year and fell in love with studying and working with pregnant women and children. 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!

  2. ebeni gppgle siksin

    September 17, 2019 at 07:30

    kodestede sana bol bol vururlar

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