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Inspiring South Bay Stories

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 South Bay’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rebel 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.

Julie Tran Buorn

I am an LA native. A “rare breed” as many people have told me. Without ever living anywhere else, I followed the standard path of going to school, graduating from college (UCLA), and getting a “secure” job. So, I worked as a tech geek doing support in government and corporate environments for nearly a decade. Read more>>

Jill Whan

I have always been an athlete and injured myself many times. While playing varsity soccer in high school, I tore my ACL and thought I was done with sports. I went to physical therapy and ended up not needing surgery and returning to all of the things I love to do. Read more>>

Lisa Arnett

I always dabbled in art and design while growing up but never thought of myself as an artist (I still don’t – I can’t draw!). I studied economics and art history in college at UCSB and my first “real” job after graduating, was at an ad agency in Vail, Colorado (where I learned how to use an actual typesetting machine and photostat camera – I know I am dating myself here). Read more>>

Veronica Torres

I am a Los Angeles based singer and songwriter currently writing songs and performing with my band under my name, “V TORRES” and also for other artists. I released a five song EP in November of 2017 called “Real Life Love” and two singles in 2018, “Restless Heart” in February and “Seasons” most recently in June. Read more>>

Eve Donaldson

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer in 2007. I also suffered from severe anxiety disorder and Agoraphobia. I had 2 choices face all of my biggest fears and take care of me or sit home and die alot faster. I chose life. My husband is and was amazing during all of this. Read more>>

Bobak Razi, Zaur Yevdayev

We first met at California State University Long Beach. We were enrolled in the industrial design program. After graduating, we were both employed as product designers for a number of years before deciding to start our own company specializing in architectural millwork for the hospitality industry. Read more>>

Nicole Moore

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Nicole is the co-owner of GetMooreFitness, a boutique personal and mobile training studio in the City of Long Beach, a business she has successfully co-founded and co-managed with her husband for the last 18 years. A self-proclaimed gym rat, Nicole prides herself on coaching and motivating clients to aspire to be their best, both physically and mentally. Read more>>

Jose Cardenas, Nayeli Cardenas

Quick story about us… Jose had been working for 6 years in a production company when Nayeli took a wardrobe styling job at the same company. We met, fell in love, and got married. Milestones of love started in 2014 when Jose decided to quit his job to pursue our own business. We wanted to bring high-end production quality photography and videography to the wedding industry. Read more>>

Mathieu Szymkowiak

Raised as a child on the French countryside, I could not have imagined one day living the life that I do now as a working actor and model. My career journey actually begins with a fairytale love story. 8 yrs ago, I met my wife on the dance floor in the middle of Europe. She was an American who spoke no French, and I was a Frenchman that spoke very little English. Read more>>

Saarah Samadani

My background is a little funny, as I most definitely came full circle to where I am today. I have a background in programming (yes I’m a nerd at heart and always will be), and went to school for a BS in Computer Engineering and a Masters from USC in Engineering Management. Read more>>

Paula Bennett

My mom and teacher introduced me to the art world. My mom encouraged me to learn all types of art. Crochet, Knitting, Sewing, Wood carving and Macrame. She believed that learning art and being creative was a way for the world to enjoy colors and at the same time keep busy. Read more>>

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