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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.

Charlie Golenbock

My names Charlie Golenbock and I want to tell you about my journey. I grew up in a middle class family in Florida and was always taught to get good grades, go to college, and get a job. For the longest time I thought this was the only path. While this mindset isn’t wrong for many, it’s not the only path in life. Read more>>

Mitra Esfandiari

I’ve wanted to be an architect since I was 10, maybe even younger. Growing up, my parents did a lot of construction on our house. I saw the construction crew working and I just wanted to help them. I would sit and watch them for hours. My parents always asked for my opinion when it came to selecting materials and finishes and praised me for my choices. I think it all started from there. Read more>>

Shelley Meche’tte

I created The PowHERful Woman, after much soul searching as to how I could better pour life into the women that I came into contact with daily. When I looked around, I saw a lot of disrespect towards women in our society; among each other, in partner relationships, on television and it disturbed me. Read more>>

Kamiko Wilkerson

My first love was dance then I grew to also love fashion. I wanted to become a fashion designer which lead to me wanting to become a stylist. I grew tired of waited on photographers to get images of my work. I began to get into body painting also. Read more>>

Bradley Lyon

My first job after graduation from college was with Coffelt Candy, managing a Salt Water Taffy and Fudge business that was contracted with a large amusement park. On my very first day of work, I was responsible for over 70 employees that had been working for the company for the past one to eight years. Read more>>

Reynaldo Aquino

I’ve always been interested in fashion as long as I can remember. But my career didn’t start in fashion but in Graphic Design. I’ve worked in the graphic design industry for thirty years. After thinking seriously about what’s next in my future and yet stay in a creative field. Read more>>

Bree K. Jones

I originally started Hands4Ears because there weren’t any jobs on the market (or any jobs that exist really) that have anything to do with my passions and desires for creating a bridge to help close the gap between the Deaf and hearing community. Read more>>

Julie Cegelski

I have been a philanthropist my whole life, starting young through my Church and National Charities League and developing further through my sorority and my passion of giving back to those people who weren’t dealt as good of a hand that I was. Read more>>

Jill Sargeant

I started taking voice lessons around age 13 and had been involved in various theatre productions/ companies until I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. It was in college that I taught myself ukulele and started writing my own songs. Read more>>

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