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.
I grew up in the dance studio. This is where I felt at home. Movement has always been an emotional outlet for me as well as physically freeing. I danced professionally for years as a backup dancer to music artists, Pro football dance teams and ran a dance studio for children. When I moved to Los Angeles, I wanted to find a way to incorporate movement into my life and be my own boss at the same time. Owning my own business is what I have always strived for, and dance is my first love. Fitness became the perfect fit for my dance training and passion to help others find joy in movement. I became certified in Yoga Booty Ballet as well as in Personal Training and Group Fitness. Every class was a commitment to make someone smile. Every workout a reason to motivate others. This is where I wanted to be. Read more>>
Psychotherapy represents a threshold for me, a sort of meeting point between what comes most naturally and what challenges me the most. I’ve heard from multiple mentors some version of “this work chooses you” and that resonates with me. From a young age, I was cast in a mediator role for my family. I had a tendency to attune to others’ feelings and to nurse the connections between us. My education and personal therapy helped me understand that this was an unconscious way of adapting to the environment I grew up in. Like many others, my family struggled with mental health issues, divorce, addiction, and incarceration. I had so many incredible privileges, including loving and safe relationships with my caregivers, that supported me in becoming who I am. I also learned firsthand that what we struggle with personally is both shaped by and shapes our relationships and our world. In college, I studied philosophy and political thought. I was fascinated with adopting different perspectives, turning my curiosity towards the questions behind questions: Why we thought the way we did or cared about the things we did. Read more>>
Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marcus Mack (known as Maam) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer based in Los Angeles. His childhood introduction to music was tinkering with keyboards, cassette decks, and drum machines to write songs. As a teenager, Maam began his formal music education taking private drum instruction and learning performance techniques playing drums for several local churches. He further honed his skills at Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring. In January of 2019, Maam wrote his first film score for an indie drama entitled “Where We Begin” which was digitally distributed via Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple TV and YouTube movies in May of 2020. His latest film score is an indie sci-fi thriller entitled “Tethered” currently in post-production. In June of 2020, Maam began improving minimalist compositions on a newly acquired upright piano during his practice time, recording these sessions as voice memos on his phone. Read more>>
I’ve always been intrigued by a good story. I didn’t always know I wanted to be a filmmaker but since before I could remember, I’ve always been a writer. Early on in my introduction to storytelling through the written medium, I dabbled in both novel and playwriting but nothing was ever as cathartic as seeing words, be them my own or someone else’s, transposed and immortalized in the moving image. I’ve been reading since before I can remember; in fact, my earliest memory is of getting a laminated paper membership card to my local library: a three-roomed old building just then “modernizing” by installing a prehistoric communal internet service and two refurbished Dell desktops for an entire district. Words have always given me the possibility of something more in a world that can often be so restrictive. It has only been through the words I have read and written that I’ve found true freedom. My name is Trae Whyte and I’m a Black, queer screenwriter and filmmaker originally from the country parish of St. Thomas on the island of Jamaica. I grew up in a compact, perpetually-unfinished house with my mother, my great grandmother, and my great grand aunt and her life partner. Read more>>
I began drawing around Pre-k and my fervor grew deeper throughout middle school and high school leading me to attend the University of Arizona for one year then transferring to Otis College of Art and Design, where I received my BFA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Illustration in 2017. This was apart of creating a foundation that grounds me artistically where I fully immersed myself with imagined subject matter that still carries into the present-day. Read more>>