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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.

Zakia Warner

I am the owner of Hot Thang Candles. I hand pour soy wax candles, melts and an all-natural lip balm. The melted wax from the candles and wax melts can be used as a moisturizer. Read more>>

Christine Tran

My story began with the teachings of yoga at an early age without knowing it at that time. My upbringing as a second generation Chinese American in Los Angeles is much like what you see on my favorite TV show. Read more>>

Daneisha Thomas

My journey has been a roller coaster ride to say the least. My grandmother raised my brother and I but she was also a foster partner. Growing up in the same household as foster children I feel I was exposed to a lot of different things typical kids weren’t. Read more>>

Erika Jones

My story started when I was 25 and working for different companies as a receptionist which was going nowhere. So at this time I was just coming out of transitional housing (I’m a former foster child) and I needed a career change. Read more>>

Hebrew Marcelin

All my life, I’ve fantasized about being an actor but I come from a conservative background where the arts are thought of as a pastime rather than a career. In the Haitian culture, all children are raised to work as three things. Read more>>

Julia Roper

Coed started out of a love to health and fitness and a desire for clothing that made me feel good while working out. I was in a spin class when my overpriced leggings were falling off and uncomfortable during the workout. Read more>>

Connie Chong

My love for art all started with me wanting to be able to draw like my older brothers. I was intrigued by how they could create objects by moving lines around on a piece of paper. My brother, David, taught me how to draw a bunny rabbit. Read more>>

Ron Lodevico

I was always into collecting sneakers. While working at the Boys And Girls clubs I use to throw sneaker shows called Sole Assassins on the side. They always said in order to make the most impact on the youth, teach them something you love. Read more>>

Dougie Allen

Growing up in South LA in the 90s, during the height of the West Coast rap scene, you can’t escape having a part of your identity tied to hip-hop and LA culture. For as long as I can remember. Read more>>

Nicole Cramer

I actually started my journey a long time ago, and like many people, it wasn’t a straight shot to get here. In my careers, I’ve been a high school math teacher, a sales consultant for a Fortune 500 company, and a Holistic Health Coach. Read more>>

Shari Carroll

If you can believe it, this is actually my second pediatric dental practice! I owned a pediatric dental practice in Arizona for 8.5 years. I was very lucky to have started a practice there from scratch with my Dad who practiced pediatric dentistry for nearly 40 years. Read more>>

Jamese Davis

I started cutting hair in college mainly to keep money in my pocket. But truthfully, I always payed attention to haircuts. I had always noticed little unique details about haircuts. I would draw and all of the men would have a lineup. Read more>>

Miranda Bowden-Parker

I had never written a treatment, a pitch or anything that could remotely resemble a script but I took a chance on an idea I’ve had for years and entered. That script advanced to the second round two more times and it changed the landscape of my professional career. Read more>>

Brian Brown

B. Lamont is an artist and producer who was formerly known as “B. Starrz”. B. Lamont got his footing from his parents who introduced him to the music industry. He began recording songs and performing at local showcases. Read more>>

JoAnna Gordon

Raised in California, I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to numerous cultures at an early age. This sparked my creativity, a love for travel and exploring traditions that differ from mine. Read more>>

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