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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.

Melissa Samayoa

I started in High school doing my cousin’s makeup for her dance competitions. I decides to enroll myself in a cosmetology program and there I met a professor that recommended makeup school. After I graduated high school I decided to attend Make-up Designory in Burbank. Read more>>

Gabriel Herrera, Vannesa Herrera

Our business started over 18 years ago at of all places, an open air market in Goleta, Ca. selling furniture. For anyone who has ever worked at an open air market, it is not easy. The days are long and hard. We traveled 60 miles each way Saturday and Sunday. Read more>>

Tené Stewart

I started my Youtube channel about six years ago when I was 18. I only uploaded three makeup tutorials, I began to send them to my friends by uploading them on Facebook. I allowed people, whom I thought were my friends, to discourage me. I shied away from making content and uploading videos. Read more>>

Maureen Davis

I was playing competitive tennis in a league for over 12 years. As an athlete all my life it was important to me to compete, play team sports and stay active. I was struggling with neck issues and had my first back surgery at the age of 33. After a herniated disc at C5-C6, I was in physical therapy for 2 years managing the pain and all the bio-mechanical dysfunction in my body. Read more>>

Erlinda Meighan

When I was a young child I remember having very bad headaches. The doctors could not figure out what the problem was. As I was growing up I also remember having to stay home from school anytime my menstrual cycle came to town because I would be in so much pain. Read more>>

Brett Snyder

I suppose the story began when I was growing up in the Valley. For some reason, I was always fascinated with airplanes and more specifically airlines. I used to collect timetables (old paper schedules the airlines used to print) and force my brother to plan imaginary trips. Read more>>

Hannah Fowler-Kimsey

All my life I have had a passion for self-expression, creativity, and being in front of the camera. As a kid, I loved making silly videos with friends, trying on outfits to have our own fashion shows, and we even recreating our own version of “America’s Next Top Model” -one of my favorite shows both then and now. Read more>>

Rachel Gabriel

I started making my own overnight oats right at home, measuring out all of the ingredients each time. I really liked them and I finally found a breakfast my fiancé would eat. He was known for skipping breakfast, so when I discovered he loved overnight oats, I was making them nightly. Read more>>

Pamela Salzman

Although I have always loved cooking, gardening and health and wellness, I really fell into a profession in culinary by accident. 15 years ago I joined a cooking group with a bunch of friends where a chef would come to one of our homes once a month and teach us a few recipes and then we would eat lunch together. Read more>>

Tara Schachter Diaz

I grew up in LA in Venice and Santa Monica. My mom was an artist and her dream was to live in Venice. We would walk down Main Street in Santa Monica and I loved going to this natural foods store called One Life. I would look at all the herbs and books for hours. Read more>>

Rachel Gebler Greenberg

March 23, 2013 started out like any other day. I left my house to do errands like I’d done so many Saturdays before that and while I was away, my husband Glenn suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. We never spoke to each other again. Read more>>

Delfina Ure

Whitney Houston and Laura Pausini ignited my passion for singing at 8-years old. You could find me standing on the dining room table singing loudly into a spoon any day of the week imagining I was performing for thousands of cheering fans. Read more>>

Kimberly Jones

Started my career in Human Resources at Nationwide Insurance Company HQ, in Columbus Ohio. I have worked for Honda, Raytheon, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After working for a number of great companies, I decided to start my own company, in an effort to help as many companies as possible while also helping to improve the job market for job seekers. Read more>>

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