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.
When I was eight years old, I was approached by a family friend at a Thanksgiving gathering. I was watching him perform mime tricks across the table and I was emulating him – miming a mime is apparently a faux pas, but I had no idea. His name was Nicholas Johnson. He had studied under Marcel Marceau in Paris and was starting a local mime school in Cave Creek, Arizona – the town where I grew up. I soon became one of his students and had my first stage performance shortly after. In retrospect, being approached by an older, flamboyant Greek man who hated clowns about my future in pantomiming was not, by any stretch, ordinary. However, the pure creativity of it enraptured me. I studied mime every summer until I left for college, forgoing the opportunity to begin touring places like Russia and China – I legitimately look back on this moment with a fond “what if” and a tinge of regret. Read more>>
Our world is so full of offerings that the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none” is almost disrespectful to the human experience. If you are born curious, intensely curious – and I feel I was – wanting to know everything about everything and do it all; the only caveat of being a jack of all trades, is existing in these skin suits and not having infinite time. I’m an actor, filmmaker, humanitarian, and writer. I’m the first Black woman vice-chair of NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for emerging and professional filmmakers. I assist with coordinating alumni relations and activities for the British American Drama Academy. I’m a healthy lifestyle advocate. I recently wrapped a film role that lit me up, mentally and physically. In this pandemic, everything in film production needs to happen as safely and efficiently as possible. I believe I was in 92 back-to-back scenes. Read more>>
After years of working towards my dream job, I finally attained my goal of working in sustainable fashion last year and was utterly thrilled to see all of my hard work finally pay off. However, my enthusiasm was quickly cut short by the realities of the recent pandemic. Like many people around the world, I was laid off after only two weeks of achieving this huge milestone in my life. I felt completely lost. After a few months of feeling depressed and stuck, I began to pull myself out of this slump by reflecting on my core values. I’ve been interested in women’s rights for as long as I can remember, which is why I had studied Global Health in college. And after learning about the all too common infringement on human rights in the fashion industry, I became determined to be a part of creating a more sustainable and ethical fashion world. I started to brainstorm. Read more>>
Like many of today’s college students, I graduated with a communications degree but with no idea of how to start working in the entertainment business. I moved to LA and thought I’d just “figure it out.” With some help from my grandfather, who was not in entertainment but was a natural networker, I ended up getting hired at the iconic William Morris Agency (now called WME). I started as an “in-house temp” (aka “floater”), and within a couple of years, I was promoted to the position of Talent Agent, representing and finding jobs for creative people like hosts, actors, writers, directors, producers, etc. Most notably, I was on teams representing Ryan Seacrest, Jeannie Mai, Tony Hawk, Courtney Cox, and more! I then worked in development as the VP of Tony Hawk’s production company “900 Films” and in entertainment finance as the SVP of a company where Mark Cuban was an original investor. As a matter of fact, while there, I helped him get a role on “Entourage,” which led to his major success on “Shark Tank.” Read more>>