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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.

Jennifer Irwin

My novel moves back and forth in time which was incredibly challenging to write. This format creates empathy for a poorly behaved protagonist. I sent rough drafts out to friends to get a pulse check on how the story was resonating with readers. The feedback was outstanding. Read more>>

Shane O’Donnell

After a few years, I left “the best job I needed to get out of” and went back to being a photo assistant, where I became a modern-day apprentice… lighting and aiding in the creation of celebrity portraits, ad campaigns, and travel assignments with many great photographers around the world. Read more>>

King Brown

I’ve been rapping since middle school. I’ve always had a passion for writing, recording, and performing and came up doing so anywhere I could around Long Beach. I played a little college football but dropped out of school to pursue a career in music prior to becoming a Father at 22. Read more>>

JJ Eboli

Music always played a big part in my family. My parents, siblings, cousins… we all played the piano, inspired and taught by my grand-aunt, who was a former dean of the Music and Arts School at the Federal University in my home city, Porto Alegre, south of Brazil. Read more>>

Katie Cheadle

After roughly seven years working in this capacity, I experiencing some hardships in my personal life in 2015, I realized it was time to follow my dreams. It wasn’t long before I developed a plan to integrate the skills I developed during my time in athletics and in the corporate landscape with my passion for mental health and eastern philosophy. Read more>>

Darian Hamilton, Alec Mayne, and Trevor Schiff

“Radical Dreamer” formed out of us constantly evolving our sound and changing with our music, We originally were in a group named “Gem Shaped Mind” that was my music project for four years. We rebranded ourselves after finding a more eclectic style of music between us. Read more>>

Jeannette Avendano

I fell into the industry. I was invited to an event hosted by cannabis talk 101. I met tons of girls like me. We smoked we danced we laughed. It was fun. I got invited to a few more events The rest was history.  I feel the industry has a lot of potential for growth. It needs to be with the people that truly love it. If it becomes too corporate, then it becomes like everything else. Read more>>

Naima Woodson

I have created and hosted retreats for women all over the world, from America to Bali, Tulum, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Peru and beyond! My inspiration vacation journeys provide a unique opportunity for women to travel in a meaningful way, to some of the most amazing places in the world. Read more>>

Jacqueline Williams

Over the years, I have been fortunate to obtain a wealth of work experiences which have lead me to present day. I have used every skill obtained through my jobs before and since becoming a nurse. I did not realize it at the time, but each experience has helped me to become a better nurse. Read more>>

Jason Ferguson

I am a music artist. I write, produce, sing, and eMCee. I create hip hop and soul music that promotes love and inspires greatness. My musical mission and style were birthed and shaped in my hometown, Chicago but are informed by my evolving spiritual journey, my travels, and my personal experiences in communion with people from across the globe. Read more>>

David Barta

Through blessing and a great honor, I have been selected by Iconic Model Search to represent the United States in the 2020 Mister International pageant to be held this upcoming November, where I will share my life and the great pride in my country in front of a global audience. Read more>>

Alba Cortez

I am so fortunate to live in such an amazing community where women help lift other women in their business. I have been able to do catering for some of the community small businesses I have also been able to work as a personal chef and now I am doing nutritional meal preps for the busy moms in my community. Read more>>

Shana Ostrowiecki

As a lifelong mixed media artist, the materials I use change from series to series and this studio time reignited my passion for creating organic sculptures. I am currently working on a series that incorporates biomorphic ceramic vessels and organic forms with textile elements and am in the process of preparing for a Women, Read more>>

Beven Sangi

After relocating to Los Angeles, I had to completely start over. I began teaching Aesthetics to up-and-coming Aestheticians but missed the day to day hands-on experience with actual clients. I started slowly and with word-of-mouth, I began to build my skin care practice in Palos Verdes. Read more>>

Mimi Masher

You could rarely get your derby name on anything, so it was fun to be able to make necklaces, knuckle rings, and stencils for players. Eventually, as I got better at Illustrator, I was able to make more. I began making myself big, chunky, colorful earrings and my friends began to buy them off of me. Read more>>

Therese De Vos

I would say I have a natural talent for the craft and love to make my clients feel and look beautiful. We had all of our starts align beginning of last year, and we decided to open a Salon together in Hermosa. It’s now been exactly one year since we opened our doors and it has been a dream come true. Read more>>

Keisean Raines

What brought me to the healing community was similar to what many great teachers experience, hitting rock f’n bottom! There was a point in my life when I’d acquired all the material stuff that makes one a real “grown ass woman” – home, car, good paying job, etc. – even with all of that, I was depressed, anxious and miserable. Read more>>

Diana Mausser

Seeing potential, I convinced the owners to let me rent the 500 square foot space with the condition that they fix the roof. The rent was $375 a month. I scraped up $1,200 to buy my first Cress kiln, had an electrician friend put in electricity, and Native Tile was officially open for business. Read more>>

Robert Atallah

When telling the origin story of Cedarlane, I have to go back to when I first came to Los Angeles in September of 1974. I had 21-day visitor visa… but 44 years later, I am still here. I ended up converting that visitor visa to a student visa (studying both English and then business administration) and cultivated a strong desire to strike out on my own and be my own boss. Read more>>

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