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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.

Sarah Kennedy

I’ve been singing and writing songs for as long as I can remember. Singing has always been the most important part of my life, so there’s been no other path that feels better to pursue than this. When I was 19, I moved to LA by myself so I could put my all into creating my songs. Since then, I have spent pretty much every second of my time creating music. Read more>>

Aliyah Abdullah

Chloé and I met during the pandemic through mutual friends. At first, she thought I was looking for a trainer and I thought she was looking for a marketing consultant lol neither of us was right but we became fast friends (think step-brothers when they say “did we just become friends”) lol… that’s us. On top of that, we were connected via phone, so at the time that we started CONTINUA we hadn’t actually met in-person until about 3-4 months after we started working together (due to the pandemic). Fast-forward to where we are now, going on year two with a business we created during the pandemic. Read more>>

Nicole Lovince

Nicole “Free The Unicorn” Lovince is a multi-hyphenate talent known for her scene-stealing roles and powerful vocal range. At an early age, she performed on major and minor stages via stage plays, festivals, and events in and around Louisiana. With the assistance of a full academic scholarship Lovince attended Bowling Green State University. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in film production and a minor in broadcasting. Later on, she attended and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) summer program in London, UK with a concentration in Shakespeare. Since she has been actively working in the entertainment industry as an actress, vocalist, casting director, producer, writer, and content creator. She song writes, produces, and performs original music under the name “Free The Unicorn” in the alternative metal pop r&b genre. Nicole has been featured in such film and tv projects as Pitch Perfect, Netflix’s Dear White People, and NCIS New Orleans. Sharing the big screen with stars such as Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Monique, and Brendan Fraser. She has performed live in front of a collective audience of upwards of 30,000 people. What makes Nicole special is that she has an extensive background in on camera acting and hosting, live stage performance and speaking and content creation. Read more>>

Doug Marshall

By trade, I’m a writer, motivational speaker, certified Life Coach and social media brand consultant. I’m a connector, an influencer and a trusted source. I have a passion for style, skincare, grooming, creating good content and helping people tap into self-care to find their sense of “being enough”. This involves movement, meditation, breathing and just having more fun. My path to where I am today is a very windy road of experiences, successes, failures and always trying new things. I’ve had like seven careers and as random as they have been, they all add up to today. Fresh out of college as finance major, I worked in banking at JP Morgan in New York. I checked all the boxes of what I thought was expected of me in life. If I had the right education and the right job I was “OK”. Except I wasn’t. I was a gay guy living a performative lifestyle trying to fit myself into a very hetero world. One day I woke up and was like, “This isn’t me.” I left banking and went to work in the beauty industry doing marketing/PR and skin care product development.  Read more>>

Sarah Ghabbour

After graduating with my undergraduate degree in Biology, my husband and I got married in San Diego. The original plan was to continue schooling to become an optometrist, but my husband was in the military so I put that on hold. Instead, I ran with the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed planning our wedding and would find a job in bridal regardless of where we were stationed around the country. I started my career at a small boutique in San Diego as a part-time intern and worked my way up while working at different boutiques in around the country; Charleston, SC & in Upstate New York. After moving back to San Diego, I came back to the original boutique I started my career at as an assistant manager. Shortly after, I was hired at BHDLN Carlsbad as a manager in training and left for maternity leave as their service manager. While on maternity leave, I received a job promotion as shop manager for the Beverly Hills location so we moved from San Diego to LA. My position was eliminated a year later and that led me to my last position as store director of the not yet opened new Pronovias LA flagship. Read more>>

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