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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.

Tony Nguyen

My journey leading up until today has been quite the experience. Prior to starting my businesses, I worked in the medical field as a CT Technologist and did a lot of medical marketing/sales towards the end of my career. I was content with my profession and liked what I did but due to company mergers and buyouts, I was laid off from the only 3 companies I worked for. I literally thought this was the end of the world back then as I had just bought a condo, had a daughter and was the primary source of income for my family. At that time, I had a little bit of money put away but knew that it would only last for so long. About a month later we found out that we were expecting a second child so needless to say, the stress was starting to become unbearable. Read more>>

William Hermsen

Bill Hermsen has always had a love of design but his appreciation for jewelry and objects was conceived after moving to New York City from his native Seattle. While studying at FIT, Hermsen was introduced to, and ultimately worked for venerated designers Isaac Mizrahi and Ted Muehling. It was in Ted’s studio that Hermsen’s admiration for design inspired by organic forms was cultivated. In September of 2000 Bill opened Arp, the fine jewelry boutique & it was in May 2014 that its reincarnation, August was opened. Read more>>

Mason Glenn and Katie Chen

In 2013, Catch Matchmaking owners who represented many eligible singles in the LA heterosexual market since 2009, wanted to have a division dedicated to the gay single male demographic since that was an underserved niche. At the time, many gay matchmakers specialized in the sugar daddy, sugar baby market or were located in a centralized location out of state or outside of LA metro, operating remotely so they lacked the understanding about things unique to a gay single guy-next-door Angeleno. Many agencies were too broad in their reach and treated gay singles in a more generalized way. Katie and May saw a lot of potential to specifically help gay singles who live in a sprawl city like LA and get down to the nitty gritty stories of each gay applicant. Read more>>

Diana Castle

I’m the first born child of immigrants. Dad was a Holocaust survivor who spoke five languages and mum was a music lover who survived the blitz of London. They both deeply believed in the promise of the American Dream. After a few years of life in New York City and New Jersey, my father got a job in Greenville, South Carolina. This was the mid 1960’s, and we experienced terrors of racism. Swastikas were painted on our home within weeks of our arrival and the experiences got worse from there. Read more>>

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