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Inspiring Stories from South LA

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 LA’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 South LA’s rising stars below.

Kenae Lowry

I’m a Storyboard Artist from Richmond, Virginia. I originally started out in the industry as a 3D Environment Artist, primarily working for indie games. I did my undergrad at Ringling College of Art and Design with a degree in Game Art and Design. After a couple of years, I received my Masters in Animation from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. As of today, I am currently working as a storyboard artist. While the transition from 3D environment to board artist may seem drastic change, it really isn’t. From the beginning, I’ve always used drawing in my 3D work and vice versa. What started the change was my need to draw more than what I already doing that won out in the end. I originally became an Environment artist because I wanted a career path that was interchangeable with games, movies, and television. When working on small indie projects, you tend to wear more than one hat at a time. Because of that, I was able to discover that I really enjoyed the process of making animatics in the pre-production phase early in my career. From there, I simply started to make the transition into becoming a board artist upon realizing how much I missed drawing. I’m currently in LA working at Netflix Animation. Read more>>

Amy Bouse

It was not until I was in college that I recognized my need for painting. I studied Literature and Art History before I began making my own work. As a longtime public high school educator, I believe that my studio practice is informed by working with young artists. I like hearing their questions, their approaches to different situations. During the pandemic, daily studio time became especially important. Read more>>

Keion Kindred

I was born and raised in South Central LA. Fell in love with sports at a very young age and played anything I could. Basketball just so happens to become my favorite sport. As I got older and bigger, I got better at the game and rapidly started gaining attention locally and then nationally. I attended Dominguez HS in Compton. Where I played alongside Tyson Chandler for three years. In those three years, we won consecutively 3 CIF Championships, three State Championships and 1 National Championship. After a stellar high school career and being a top 25 prospect in the country, I chose to attend UTEP (University of Texas El Paso) and here is where things got shaky. Short version… I never attended UTEP, I ended up going to three Schools in six years. In those six years of college, I only played two years healthy. I had two Season ending knee surgeries. I became the old cliché all parents tell their kids when getting involved in any sport… “Make sure you get an education because you’re one injury away from never playing again” which is what happened to me. Read more>>

Cameron “Cam.II” Willoughby

I believe my story is similar to many residents of Los Angeles. My dream was to be somebody. I grew up seeing the star power of Hollywood and wishing I could be on the red carpets and on award show stages, etc. My mom always told me to work hard and use your talents and you’ll get there. My question was, what are my talents? My journey started after college, not knowing where my life was going. One day I thought to myself, I want to be a creative director. I wanted to come up with the content that would be produced in a photoshoot and video shoots. Like this thought literally came to me at a restaurant dinner table. Imagine me stuffing my face and thinking about my career. I used to call my friend, who would soon become my mentor J.Evans of J Evans Visuals, and ask him to photograph me and help me bring all these ideas to life. Not only did he help me but he started teaching me the basics of photography. With that knowledge, Prinze Cam Creative came to life! My family bought me a camera for Christmas that year and the rest is history. Read more>>

Emari Livas

I’m Email B Livas which is where MariB customs came from. I am a kid who loves creating new things and love to be an inspiration….so about MariBCustoms, it started with me just having fun making custom paper wallets for my family during the pandemic as I love art and making custom things. With family support, I moved on to making custom handmade bling/flower pens and bracelets. I was trying to figure out what I should add to my business and my mom said “why not make lip gloss since you stay in mines” so I did research and started making lip gloss and it is going well. Since then, I’ve added lip scrubs and I’m excited for what’s to come. Read more>>

Amber Seay

In August of 2018, I told myself that I wanted to start modeling because living here in LA, I was constantly told by just random people that I should model, so that made me think “maybe this is gods calling.” So, I decided that I was going to start taking modeling seriously, then all of a sudden I had a tragic incident that almost took my life. I had five consecutive strokes that almost took my life August 21, 2018. I felt like it was a major setback let alone extremely scary. I when I became conscious again, I was in the hospital. I completely lost my speech, and the doctor told me I had left side drooping in my face. During my recovery, I lost a part of myself. My confidence was depleted because of the side effects I had encountered. It took a lot of time to go to therapy and recover, however, I had a major come back. From strengthening my face to being able to speak again, I gained my energy back but it wasn’t easy. Time definitely heals all; my health was the most important thing to me. I was traumatized and terrified that things wouldn’t go back to normal but I believe in GOD and he made a way. Read more>>

Alexzandria Myles

I am the owner/ creator of Naturals By i’Emon. Naturals By i’Emon is a natural skin & hair care + lifestyle business. We specialize in hair growth products and skincare products that help those with psoriasis and eczema also. Our products are for all hair & skin types. I created Naturals By i’emon on June 22, 2018. I have always been the hands on type of person to create things and find natural remedies. Naturals by i’Emon started off with one product and that was the hair growth oil. The recipe for my hair growth oil was created by and used by my mother for over ten years who dealt with alopecia due to chemotherapy. I was so amazed at how the oil was growing her hair after being told that it would never grow in those places in which it did full fledge. With me being in the medical field, I have always been into healthier options for skin and hair and always wanted to create products to help people. In 2016, I did a big chop on my hair to have a fresh start and after a few months, I missed my hair and wanted to start growing it back. I began using the hair growth oil on myself and my hair was growing like never before. Read more>>

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