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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.

Natalie Camunas

One day, after years of exhaustion and frustration, I gave myself permission to actually be an artist. I turned all of that energy I spent being exhausted and frustrated and began to create. I stopped waiting for someone else to say I made it and instead – said it to myself. For an entire year, I journaled. As I began each entry, I wrote: “I’m ready for my life to change,” because I was. Read more>>

Tiffany Wong

Velé is built on a foundation of supporting and respecting women, regardless of their shape, size, or color. We make pieces to enhance your life, not change it. That’s why each & every piece we make is stitched with a message of empowerment inside to remind you that no matter what the world is telling you, you are worthy, ‘You are wanted.’ Read more>>

Ann Kwon

I learned while running a restaurant/bar that it requires grit, lots of physical labor and teaches you invaluable lessons of managing people and emotions in such a high paced environment. It was a tumultuous time not only for myself but also for my family as our lives had taken a drastic turn. But the results accumulated into a beautiful and unexpected mix mash of what Biergarten stands to be today. Read more>>

Claudia Fernandez-Davila

Travel has always been a large part of my life. With family in Nicaragua (where my mom is from) and in Peru (where my dad is from), I was lucky to be able to spend several summers in these countries. From those trips, my curiosity of the world began. I’ve visited many parts of Europe, Central and South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. When selling travel, it helps to work with someone that has that experience. While working at the travel agency, I learned there was a huge travel agent market. Read more>>

Alexia Verbeke

I only moved out here to pursue acting. I discovered improve comedy and fell in love. I had always loved writing and creating short stories, and I began to write sketches and shooting them. I wanted to create opportunities for myself instead of waiting around for them. Once my videos started getting a positive response, I pushed myself to expand beyond sketch comedy, and I started writing pilots for TV. Read more>>

Adina Diaz

I recognized so much literal and figurative toxic present in the beauty industry and decided that I had to challenge the status quo by building up a business that seeks to uplift and promote a natural, holistic approach to beauty and wellness. Inspired by that idea, I opened and now run Natural Feeling Spa to provide a luxurious spa experience that is eco-friendly and fully inspired by Mother Nature, while promoting and supporting a like-minded community. Read more>>

Jenna Willis

My fitness journey began with gymnastics when I was two or three, which eventually led me to competing in national competitions up until high school. Gymnastics transitioned into volleyball, and I soon found myself as one of the tiniest D-1 volleyball players in the nation. My journey continued post-graduation, and I used training and working out as an outlet for stress while I pursued my acting career in LA. Read more>>

Mauricio Zelada

I started Buy Back The Block in late October of 2017. One of my best friends was battling cancer at the time, and when he passed, I spiraled into a very dark space. From that place I believe, with his guidance, the brand was conceived. I wanted to honor his life and spirit, so I built the brand on a foundation of love for my friend, community, and people. Read more>>

Kathryna Hancock

Since I loved photographing people, and especially women, it was a natural transition to fashion. It took me a couple of years to break in, and I supported myself as a server and personal assistant in the interim. I signed with seven Artist Management a few years after college and quickly started working with several tech startups, most notably Everlane. I was the sole photographer for Everlane in the beginning and helped them build their look. Read more>>

Chris Vazquez

If I had known then how long it would take to build and shape a truly great business, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to take those first steps, but now, looking back, I’m so glad I did. Our music program is truly unique and real. Both Mike and I lived this life, and along with our teachers and staff, we can mentor students from the perspective of achieving the impossible. Read more>>

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