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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.

Kelsie Lyn

I started doing hair when I was 11 years old and I have loved makeup since FOREVER. When I was 4 I knew I wanted to be a cosmetologist but I didn’t take a straight path there. When I finally did get my license, it was literally my saving grace; like a hope for a new beginning in my life that I committed to whole heartedly. Having an entrepreneur mindset, I knew I had to learn the business aspects of the industry so I worked for high-end salons to learn from the best. I worked under Celebrity Stylist, Dr. Kari Williams for a minute, at Mahogany Revolution in Beverly Hills. Read more>>

Francis, Augustina, and Teresa Rios

Francis: Piano Place Music and Arts Center was founded by late concert pianist Robert Rios, PhD who passed away after a 9 year battle with cancer in June of 2013. Dr. Bob as his students called him had been teaching piano for 48 years, since the age of 16. In the early 1970s, after teaching in higher income communities, he had a calling to go and teach the less fortunate and began teaching at Plaza De La Raza in Lincoln Heights (a non-profit arts and education organization still there to this day). He felt that all should have the opportunity to learn music and took pride giving what he could to the community. Read more>>

Daniel Alarco

When I was 9 years old, I began to play the guitar. The movie “School of Rock” came out, and like every other kid, I was inspired to start a band! I immediately assigned all of my cousins of my huge family as part of our new band, “The Troublemakers.” Musicians, Singers, Clothes Designers, Manager….The whole 9 yards! Some of us even went door to door to ask for donations! Shortly after I bailed on them and played in a rock band with my best friends in middle school. By the time we were in 8th grade, we got to perform during yearbook signing and give away our “autograph” to all of our “fans.” Aka: our graduating class. Read more>>

Kim Sprenger

Videography came into my life at a time when I needed it most. From the day I could walk, my life had consistently been consumed by sports. When I was 18 I moved to California from a small town in Northern Idaho to play soccer at Orange Coast College. Long story short, my soccer career ended after my first season which helped me discover my love for videography. I bought myself a DSLR camera and started creating in Final Cut Pro. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. This relates to every struggle and challenge that has crossed my path. This also leads me to where I am today and my current success. My dad was diagnosed with ALS 6 years ago. I was 16 when we learned about his disease and now at the age of 22, I understand that I wouldn’t have started videoing weddings if he hadn’t become sick. Read more>>

Anne Ganguzza, Voice Talent, Speaker and Coach

After over 20 years in the IT industry and as an educator, I took a huge leap of faith, and began building my voiceover business full time. I had reached my fullest potential within my job, and began needing to be challenged again within my career. I really enjoy the creative part of problem solving, and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Although scared, I knew it was time for a new adventure! As an early adopter of VOIP and distance learning technologies, I was responsible for voicing a multitude of IVR/On-Hold systems and e-learning narrations within many educational, governmental, and nonprofit agencies. These experiences opened the door to the voiceover industry, and I quickly fell in love with the process. Read more>>

Eva Sowinski

I grew up in the middle of nowhere Northern California. Being from a rural town, I taught myself to do cartooning and mixed media art, face painting, and from that I learned to be an entrepreneur. I moved to LA County when I was 18 years old, with barely anything, then worked part time for different jobs while beginning my face painting business, Lacy Ink. By 2009, I was able to leave my part time jobs, and work only as a face painter and caricature artist. Through working for myself I met fellow artists/crafters and opened a shop with a friend for 2 years, then moved on in 2015 to open my own brick and mortar, fan*alley and created the Ground Zero Animation EXPO. Read more>>

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