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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.

Justin Norris, Taylor Norris

I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years, and started out as a personal training for Golds Gym. I quickly got promoted to fitness director and was recognized as one of the youngest fitness directors in Southern California. Read more>>

Ilana Foglia, Jeremiah Catling

After we had lived together for a little bit and started to settle in, we were looking at ways to start replacing our left over furniture from college, grad school and early days on our own and make our home truly OURS. Read more>>

Jason Lautenschleger, Barry McLaughlin

We met on the first day of school at UCLA and we instantly formed a Comedy Band–as one does. The Bicycling Mariachis played up and down the Sunset Strip in 1999-2000 opening for a little band named Kara’s Flowers. Read more>>

Stefani Stein

After spending seven years in the corporate world, despite my success, I felt unfulfilled. My passion had always been interior design and 8 years ago I decided life was too short to have regrets. So, I left my comfortable corporate gig and, after a brief sabbatical and some traveling, went back to design school. Read more>>

Sofia Rose Smith

Back in 2015, I quit a job I loved that had become toxic. I didn’t have a plan in place about what I would do next. I had the sense that I wanted to begin something new: I had the sense that I didn’t want to find another job in the non-profit sector. Read more>>

Babak Lalezari

I was born in Iran. My family and I are Jewish, so being in the Islamic Republic of Iran after the Iranian revolution when the Shah of Iran was overthrown was not easy. We were persecuted based on our religion. Read more>>

Jeanne Kaplan, David Kaplan

We are Jeanne and David Kaplan. We moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in September 2016. Our daughter, and only child, Olivia, graduated from USC in 2015 and had decided not to return to Chicago. So we took the plunge and moved to LA to be closer to her. Read more>>

Darren Passarello

Should this be in the first person or third person? Like does the reader know I’m pre filling this out? F*@#! it, I’ll do it as If I’m speaking. Hi, Hello, Hey, Hola, bienvenidos! As you can see my languages are limited to what I hear waiting on lines at Disneyland…anyways, where to begin? Read more>>

Andrea Penagos

Becoming a licensed acupuncturist was something I fell into by accident. My love for wellness and Eastern practices began when I turned to yoga as a young adult to manage the bouts of depression I struggled with in college. Read more>>

Nazy Farnoosh

I started blogging 4 years ago during my days on the Kardashian spin off show DASH Dolls. I wanted to reach out and inspire far more than I felt I could on the show which is why I started my blog ThehillsGypsy and used the platform to post DIYs, inspo, and just lifestyle topics! Read more>>

Roy Ferman

Prior to starting Seek Capital, I co-founded a digital marketing agency. We were providing Google Adwords and web page design services to a range of different companies including Sears Canada, 1800-Accountant and a range of other industries. Read more>>

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