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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.

Lori Webster

I moved to LA from Kinston, North Carolina, fresh out of undergrad with dreams of making an impact in Hollywood. Little did I know how windy the road would be. My first production gig came by way of a fellow alumni in the reality TV world. I started as a Post PA, but within a year I segued to being an APOC in scripted TV. I had a mostly smooth run even in light of the writer’s strike but yearned for something more. As a freelancer, I enjoyed the ability to ‘change scenery’ from one show to the next but didn’t love my career being steered by the hunt for a paycheck rather than the quality of the content. As I inched further up the chain, I found myself buried deeper in paperwork but perpetually a shade removed from tapping into my creativity. Meanwhile, my desire to travel the world making socially conscious content only burned deeper by the day. Read more>>

Dmorea Walker

I started photography in the fall of 2014 Senior Year of HS. The idea originally came from me just wanted higher quality pictures for my Instagram because back then the iPhone camera wasn’t all that great. The first camera I got was a Nikon and after shooting my friends and family with that for a few weeks, I ended up selling it to get a new camera which was the canon T5. I fell in love with that camera and also just photography in general. I love capturing people and memorable moments. During high school, I would take all of our pictures for our yearbook and was just known at that point as the dude with the camera lol. After high school, I joined the army and still would book photoshoots in my free time. Just only recently, October 2019 I discovered film photography and just like I do with everything I do a ton of research and watching YouTube videos on it and after purchasing my first film camera. Read more>>

Chana Beans

I got started back in 2014. I started off in Paralegal School in which I had to study every area of law. While in school, Real Estate Law stuck out to me the most. I really enjoyed it. So I said that I wanted to get into Real Estate and get my license to sell. How I got to where I am today was really just working hard and trying to be as consistent as possible. Pursuing and not giving up on my dreams and goals that I had set out for my future. Read more>>

Kenneth Brown II

My love for music started at a very young age. As a toddler, I remember playing the piano while my grandfather played harmonica, and while my grandmother guided me on the piano and sang songs to me. At the age of two, I was diagnosed with autism. As a way to help with my autism, I participated in a music and movement class in Santa Monica. Later at the age of 8, I started learning trumpet at a Saturday program called SESA (South East Symphony Association). One of my first instructors was Rickey Washington, the father of Kamasi Washington. Under Washington, I learned how to read music and the basics of the trumpet and jazz. In addition to my instruction under Mr. Washington, under the pastoral leadership of Eric Woodson at the Second Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, I played with talented professional musicians who played for Boosty Collins, Robin Thicke, Kanye West, Charlie Wilson, and many others. Read more>>

Tha Chill

Well, I come from a group from the late 80s called CMW (Compton’s Most Wanted) with my partner MC Eiht. We have had platinum and gold success over the past 30 years with our projects as a group and solo. I’ve also evolved as a go to producer on the west and worked with a slew of artists wit gold and platinum success like 213 (Snoop Dogg Warren G and Nate Dogg rip), above the law, xzibit, kokane exc. Since then, I’ve formed my own company called BOOMDOCZ PRODUCTIONS in which I drop solo projects and artists of my own. Read more>>

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