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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.

Fat Tony

I grew up in a small town outside of New Orleans. As a kid, I was obsessed with BMX (freestyle bicycle riding) and fell in love with photography in fifth grade. By the time I graduated high school, I set a goal of combining my passions and working for a BMX magazine. The problem was I didn’t know the first thing about the BMX industry, and I was an extreme novice behind a camera. Read More>>

Sisongfa Noukhay

One of my earliest memories was of my stepmother sewing. I would use those leftover remnants of fabrics to construct clothes for my dolls. I grew up in a small town and with the limited fabric selection, I would go the local thrifts store and look for vibrantly printed silks and tactile fabrics plus it was a lot cheaper. I also loved the idea of repurposing them. Read More>>

Melissa Sprout

After graduating from UC Irvine, I continued on the creative path as a hairstylist. Inspired by my husband and son, my interest in men’s hair quickly developed into my passion. I felt strongly that in order to create a perfect haircut and experience for my male clients, something more was needed; something better. This motivated me to create KEMPT Men’s Hair. Read More>>

Mariana Lee

I was born in Chile – coming from a very intuitive family- where I lived for the first twenty-seven years of my life. At age twenty-seven I moved to the U.S to start a life together with my soulmate. I speak Spanish as my first language and the second language for me became English. Read More>>

Farley Granger

From the age of 4 years old I’ve been racing competitively in BMX then at 6 motocross and worked my way up to the pro ranks at age 23 but the economy affect me building a foundation at the pro level so I was forced to retire in a few years and so I had to figure out what I wanted to do so I sought out regular jobs then losing them and then was put on unemployment then I ran out of that completely, then I figured I’d take another stab at racing on borrowed bikes and kept getting injured not making it seem possible to get anything right so In 2012, FGMX emerged from my deep passion for riding and competing in Motocross. Read More>>

Barbara Levin

In my former business, Athena International, we specialized in glass and crystal from Western Europe. Some of my biggest customers included Tiffany’s mail order catalog, Neiman Marcus and fortune 500 companies. On one particular trip to Italy my agent and I explored Murano glass beads. I wound up purchasing $10,000 worth of glass beads on that trip and when I got back to the US, realized that neither I nor my staff knew how to assemble and make jewelry! Read More>>

Mark Cherney

I actually got into being a Professional Wedding and event DJ and Emcee after finishing my degree in Communications (radio and TV broadcasting) and working as a commercial on-air radio personality. I really enjoyed the music aspect of being a radio DJ and I really enjoyed interacting with my listeners while on the air but hated being in a 12 x 12 room by myself for 4-6 hours a day. I used to always get into trouble for leaving the booth to go talk with office personnel while I was on the air. Read More>>

Kelly Sullivan

Growing up, I worked in my grandparent’s cheese factories and store during the summer in Wisconsin. I learned at an early age what it took to be a business owner. You could say it’s in my blood. In addition to my grandparents, my father was a business owner as well as my uncle, two aunts and great grandmother. Read More>>

Meyra Cordova

MAS! stands for Movement Art and Sound, Movimiento Arte y Sonido, why did I choose MAS! as a name you ask, because I work and get inspired by dancing, acting, exercising, writing, reading, meditating, music, singing, performing, producing. I work with passion and professional drive in all the areas that my company service. Read More>>

Alina Jeon

After teaching in a classroom for years, I realized that I wanted to get on a more personal level with my students and families. Every student has a different way of grasping ideas. Every student has their own story. Read More>>

Rodney and Meghann Pino

I’ve been a musician for 40 years and I finally got tired of the long commutes and high cost of rehearsing and recording in Hollywood. There wasn’t much available to musicians in my neighborhood. And there was a LOT of great music coming out of the South Bay, from punk and metal, to jazz and R&B. Read More>>

Cheryl Groff

I first started photography right after high school. I started taking a bunch of photo classes at the local college and fell in love. It was such an amazing feeling to work in the dark room, hands-on and be able to physically create what I shot with my camera. Read More>>

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