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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 Mid-Wilshire’s rising stars below.

Trevor Olson

In order to support ourselves when moving to Los Angeles, we both (Trevor and Mohirah, Austeriti’s founders) found themselves behind the bar at some of LA’s most exclusive parties. It didn’t take very long for each of them to realize the events sector in LA acts in gross excess. At the conclusion of events, dumpsters spilled over with single-use plastics, unwanted party favors, and copious amounts of uneaten food. Read more>>

D’Ara Nazaryan

Growing up, my mom primarily worked in fashion. Having leaned towards the arts at a very young age, I idolized her and wanted to be like her in many respects. Seeing some of the ins and outs of the industry at such a young age was a little disconcerting, however. She was a one-woman show, and I remember being so hyped to wear her line or when her stuff got picked up by Nordstrom but there was the flipside. Read more>>

Michael Cory Davis

My work started in social justice and activism started in 2003. I am an actor and a filmmaker. While acting in films made for the SyFy channel shooting in Eastern Europe, Bulgaria to be exact, I learned about the issue of sex trafficking at a function I attended for a local non-profit, Face To Face Bulgaria. Read more>>

Kayoko Mitsumatsu

Prior to moving to the USA in 1992, I was a producer/director for NHK Japan’s National Public Broadcaster, working on prime-time national broadcast current affairs and documentary television programs for seven years; and cultural attaché at the Embassy of Japan in London for two years. My passion for documentary filmmaking to bridge diverse values and cultures are rooted in the perspective gained from years of living abroad including Australia, Brazil, United Kingdom and USA. Read more>>

Rachelle Lynn

It began with VHS tapes of Disney and many 80s and 90s classics. Lol! I love musicals/dancials. Couldn’t get enough of them. They were much of my escape than as they are now. Singing from your heart and dancing like THAT!!! Wow! I used to copy what I saw in front of me on the screen. Singing just like them. Knowing every word. Line by line. I’m sure I was annoying to watch these movies with, but I didn’t care. I was in ” My happy place.” Read more>>

Zach Morillo

Since picking up my first pair of drum sticks at age 7, the roots of my musical journey were planted. As a kid, drumming was always my focus. It came very easy to me, and my teachers would often tell my parents of a special talent they felt that I had. In 2001, drumming took me into a Performing Arts Magnet high school, where I began learning about electronic music production. Read more>>

Martinique Pates

As an only child, my imagination took the place of siblings. Many people would describe me as “a child that lived in her own world.” And for the most part it was true. I would sit in my room for hours turning everything upside down. My comforter would be hanging over four random chairs with pillows acting as barriers; I’d leave an entrance to stuff all my toys inside my imaginary “tree house”. Read more>>

Nia Symone

For the majority of my life, I thought I was going to become a Pediatrician until my Senior fall semester of college where I flunked Physics. I realized then that medicine wasn’t the lane for me. I spent my winter break in Los Angeles and vibed with the culture and knew Cali was for me. After graduating from college, I moved to Los Angeles with an internship at a tech start-up company where I partnered brands and emerging artists together. Read more>>

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