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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.

Christobal Ortiz

My journey starts ten years ago with wanting to be an MMA fighter. Ended up in a boxing gym and went from 200 lbs to 155 through exercise and a goal. Along the way, I’ve learned about dedication, discipline, endurement, sacrifice, glory, and loss. I am now an undefeated fighter getting ready for another bout Feb 16, alongside being a coach for boxing at UFC Torrance, and launching my sports brand Built 2 Last. Read more>>

Cory Davis

I started out very young as a second generation plumber. I remember running service calls with my father as a child. Once I finished high school, I went to work full time with him. He taught me the value of taking care of customers and doing jobs right the first time. I worked with him for just over a decade until my wife, and I decided to move to Hawaii. Read more>>

Sandro Del Rosario

Inspired by both experimental filmmakers and animation artists, I tried to create work that was unique, new, and very personal. Unfortunately, Fulbright requirements I wasn’t able to avoid forced me to leave the U.S. in 2002, and move back to Italy. The change was dramatic and resulted in four very difficult years. I was never able to find a fulfilling professional or artistic outlet in Italy, and I was missing all my friends and my life I had left behind in the U.S. Read more>>

Axel Perez

Living as today’s youth, life can get confusing at times. I constantly found myself becoming more and more disappointed with the current “influencers” on social media who we were expected to have as role models. It’s easy to say that these “influencers” weren’t providing proper guidance to their audience and instead are producing content with the mindset of money and views. Read more>>

Jose Rodriguez

My photography started out as a hobby that opened many doors for me. I was working at Nikon as a customer representative when my boss told me to take a camera and learn photography on my own. By experimenting with the mechanics of photography, I slowly fell in love with the art. Read more>>

Denice Salas

During my middle school years, I started to get compliments about my drawings, some even asked me to make them drawings or gifts for others. Mind you, I was still a beginner at drawing. So they were a bit off here and there. I ended up being known for drawing and being creative. It was a weird time for me since I didn’t like attention, I was just happy my art made others happy. Read more>>

Jessica Guerrero

I first started off with cosplay, after going to my first anime convention (Anime Expo) in 2016. Cosplay is an interplay between costume and play by bringing characters from movies, shows, and comics to life through the arts of makeup, sewing, and crafting. I was amazed with how people were able to become these characters, and I wanted to do the same. Read more>>

Jade Charon

I was introduced to this idea of using dance as a ministry from early on in my childhood– dance became a place to touch the lives of those who watched it. Now, I have recently graduated from UCLA with my MFA in dance. I have created my own dancewear line, “3011 by Jade Charon” a dancewear line that creates leotards and activewear to promote body positivity for all body types with the hopes of eliminating body shaming. Read more>>

Drew McClellan

I got started playing music at a very young age in Colorado Springs, CO. Probably about six years old on the piano. Throughout my childhood and teenage years I always found myself picking up new instruments. I loved exploring sounds, and especially rhythms. Around the time I graduated high school I’d decided that I wanted to pursue a life writing songs. Read more>>

Morea Sabido and Morenita

I come from a lineage of an immigrant grandmother who always helped others, my mom raised me where serving others was part of our day to day life, I’ve never known any different. For what seemed to be all of my life, I wanted to do something greater, but I never saw anything that felt hands on enough for me or something where I could truly connect with the experience of serving from start to finish. Read more>>

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