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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.

CAROL KUSWANTO

I was born into a musical family and music has been a part of my life since before I was born. My mother is a piano teacher: she’d tell me stories of how during the pregnancy, I’d kick her pregnant belly whenever she’s giving piano lessons. I started playing piano when I was three years old and picked up the violin when I was eight. Read more>>

GINA SHELDON

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been obsessed with design, branding, and both visual and verbal storytelling. But, like most of us, the journey to where I am today has had its fair share of plot-twists. After studying sociology in college, I worked for a few years as the Director of Media & Communications for an educational non-profit. Read more>>

TEREE HENDERSON AND LATANYA FOSTER

We realized that LA, while diverse in theory, doesn’t really offer parents like us spaces that we can bring our kids to that are clean, inviting, fun, and intentionally INCLUSIVE. LA also lacked family-friendly places that have a vibe that would make us want to hang out there even if we didn’t have our children in tow. Read more>>

ASIA PARK

Its a funny story, I was never ever untrusted or even wore makeup, but I had interest in skincare and was in esthetician school, where the offered us makeup course with April Love Pro Makeup Academy and I decided why not. There I opened new world of words and colors, I didn’t know anything, like clearly anything!!! I felt so dumb that decided to force myself and became the best. Read more>>

AZIN MAFI

Growing up, I wrote wild and elaborate stories. Partly to keep myself entertained and partly because I was very observant as a child. I wrote tales of love and betrayal. Juicy stories about all sorts of things I had no business knowing about. Read more>>

ALLEN CHENEY

In my family, half of my relatives are art and music-driven, while the other half are focused on logic and reason (bankers, lawyers, doctors, etc.). I’ve spent most of my life trying to balance between the two, earning a degree in Finance as well as Music, but my passion has always been the arts. After college, I began to develop my own journey, and I’m grateful I’ve chosen to pursue a career in the arts. Read more>>

ARIT BARROW

My camera use has become more intentional. Forcing myself to shoot any and everything. Although I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Masters in Public Health I have always had a burning desire to do something “more.” Something that ignites my soul. I have always had a camera in my hand; whether it was a disposable camera at sleep away camp, a compact point & shoot while on family vacations, a polaroid to capture candid moments or my DSLR. Read more>>

RD WHITTINGTON

I graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy in 2002 and my background is in hospitality management. I am an alumni from Ritz Carlton’s renowned hospitality training program and as a result I developed an innate ability for what appeals to luxury buyers, buying habits and their tastes. I have a passion for luxury automobiles, well you could say cars in general- maybe it’s because it runs in my blood as my family was heavily involved in cars. Read more>>

Holly Watts

The very first salon I worked in was called Finger Tips. I would say that is where my roots are when it comes to my approach with nails as an art. After working at Finger Tips, I got an opportunity to work at an Aveda Salon and spa called “Naturally salon & spa” in Kansas City’s lovely Crown Center. While at “Naturally” I got a chance of a lifetime! Read more>>

Flannery Maney

I had two options; either return to my liberal arts University and continue to pay an exorbitant amount of tuition…or stay in LA. My Dad said he knew from the get-go that I wasn’t going back to Denison….and he was right. Read more>>

Ebony Toliver

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, I grew up outside! Playing basketball, riding bikes, and racing my friends in the middle of the street is where you could find me. I was interested in basketball and shoes. That was about it. I believe it was my interests in sports that eventually got me out of my shell. Read more>>

Elana Golden

In the fall of 1999, I was completing a master’s degree in spiritual psychology and one of the assignments was to create a new project—one that had been our lifelong dream. I decided to start a school for creative writing and named it The Writing Studio. I sent out 200 flyers by slow mail, and in January 2000 three students signed up for my then-only one weekly evening class. Read more>>

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