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Mid-Wilshire Inspiration

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 Mid-Wilshire’s (and K-Town, WeHo, Mid-City) 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 area’s rising stars below.

Chelsea Leifken

I was an artist all throughout my upbringing — and then life happened — as it does. Through my teens and early twenties — like most of us do — I struggled with anxiety, depression, booze, boys and binge eating. After graduating FIDM LA, my world collapsed around me. I was left with an incredible education — but really struggled to find, love and celebrate myself. Read more>>

Jen Ann Simmons

The first was the economic recession of 2008. I observed the meltdown as an analyst, and eventually, a relationship manager for Houston banks that mainly lent to (and relied upon the success of) the oil and gas industry. For four years, I witnessed a transformation from free-flowing, deregulated capital to a credit crunch, mass foreclosure, loss on an unimaginable scale, and a tidal wave of new regulations to correct institutional failure. Read more>>

Michael Wacht

I’ve always been fascinated by the built world, and especially how we can create communicative architecture that strategically benefits the occupants. My formal education began with studying architecture at Cornell University, where I learned an appreciation for context in its various applications: the environment, urbanism, culture, program, and history. Read more>>

Ella DeGea

The real reason why I started photography is because I grew up horseback riding. I remember being 15 going out with a point and shoot camera and taking photos at horseback riding competitions. Once I really started getting into it more, my parents got me my first DSLR and a couple lenses. It changed my world. Read more>>

Adriana Pinto

I moved from San Francisco to LA in 2001. Started off my career as a color Asisstant for Fredric Fekkai. Two and half years later I was promoted to a colorist. I was with the company for five years. From there I moved on to Cristophe salon, it wasn’t until I was given the opportunity to work at Meche where my career took off. Read more>>

Paris Verra

I am a travel addicted actress and freelance model based in Los Angeles but sharing my adventures around the globe. I grew up in a small town south of Chicago, Illinois. Since my parents split when I was very young, I became used to moving from place to place; never attaching to things in my life. I grew up being raised by a my mother who was a teacher (in many ways). Read more>>

Mengting Hou

My partner Emanuele Arnone and I started ZoneStone International Music Group in 2017. With a group of experienced Hollywood film composers and music supervisors, we aim to become the boutique music department that deals with everything related to music for film production companies. Read more>>

Angela Gahng

I was always interested in fashion and dreamed of working in the industry one day. I moved to New York to attend college at NYU where I studied media, culture and communication wanting to work in Fashion PR. Read more>>

Johnathon Case

After working for various employers in real-estate, I started my own firm to focus on rebuilding homes — literally, and figuratively. With thirteen years of real-estate experience, I have learned how to identify the real opportunities for home-owners. Read more>>

Danielle Angel

My interest in photography started around age 10 or 11. I would always see my father taking family photos, giving them cool effects on Photoshop, and framing them in our house. Read more>>

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